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COVID-19 case numbers hit a new record high in Ontario

First time Ontario case rate is above 1100. Sudbury leads Northern Ontario health units with the highest case count so far.
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A positive swab test for COVID-19. Photo: Getty Images

Public Health Ontario is reporting a record number of new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours in the province.

According to the agency, there are 1,132 confirmed, new cases of COVID-19 today; it's the first time that number has ever risen above 1,100 since the pandemic began.

Yesterday, 1,003 new cases were reported, meaning today's numbers (Saturday Nov.7) mark an almost 13% increase in cases since yesterday.

There were also 11 new deaths linked to COVID-19 reported today; six were residents of long term care homes.

Of the 1,132 new cases being reported, more than half are from Toronto and the GTA. Toronto Public Health reported 336 of today's cases, while Peel Public Health reported 258 new cases. York Region reported 114 of the new cases in today's update, There are also 78 new cases in Ottawa, 64 in Halton and 55 in Hamilton. 

Since Nov. 1, the province has confirmed 7,085 new cases of COVID-19, 6,221 recoveries and 84 deaths. 

The province reported 39,165 COVID tests have been processed since yesterday's report, which is almost 2,000 fewer than Thursday.

In November, health labs have processed almost 244,000 COVID-19 tests. The percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 has ranged between three and four per cent since Nov. 1.

There are currently 8,398 active, lab-confirmed cases in Ontario. Of those cases, 384 people are hospitalized. There are 88 COVID patients in intensive care units and 52 COVID patients on ventilators in hospitals across Ontario. 

Since the pandemic began, Public Health Ontario has confirmed 82,825 cases. Of those cases, 70,938 are reported recovered (85 per cent) and 3,220 people have died (four per cent).

The breakdown for the Northern Ontario health units, at the time of today’s provincial update (November 6), is:
 Algoma Public Health: 47 cases, rate of 41.1 per 100,000 population. There are four known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 4.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 49 cases, rate of 36.2 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 34 cases in the Nipissing District and 15 cases in the District of Parry Sound . There are two known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 5.

Porcupine Health Unit: 100, rate of 118.6 per 100,000 population. There are two known active cases. The last case was reported on Friday Nov. 6.

Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 162 cases, rate of 77.4 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 162 cases since March 1, making it the Northern Ontario health jurisdiction with the highest case count so far. There are 38 reported active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 6

Timiskaming Health Unit: 17 cases, rate of 52 per 100,000. There are no reported active cases. The last case was reported Oct. 5.

Northwestern Health Unit: 80 cases, rate of 87.8 per 100,000. The health unit has 78 confirmed but also reporting two probable cases to bring that total to 80. There are three known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 4.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 118 cases, rate of 78 per 100,000. There are three cases not yet resolved. 

The Ontario rate of infection is 549.6.