Record-breaking 2,275 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario

Dec 15 2020, 7:21 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,275 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning, the highest case count since the pandemic began.

The rise in cases could be from “several updates” that have been made by the province.

“Notably, we updated our data extraction time to 1pm (from 10:30am) for health units using CCM resulting in a one-time increase in case counts, and new algorithms were implemented to identify duplicates and improve the quality of some fields,” the provincial update said.

Nevertheless, today’s numbers are the first time daily cases are over 2,000 and is an increase from Monday’s 1,940Sunday’s 1,677Saturday’s 1,873Friday’s 1,848, and Thursday’s previous record-breaking 1,983.

Cases have been above 1,000 for the last month as numbers remain high with Wednesday’s 1,890Monday’s 1,925 and Sunday’s 1,924.

The province is also reporting 1,810 more resolved cases and 20 new deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 711 are in Toronto, 586 are in Peel, and 154 are in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 39,600 tests were completed, which is fewer than Monday’s 57,100 tests and Sunday’s 58,200.

On Monday, York Region and Windsor-Essex County moved into the Grey – Lockdown level of the province’s COVID-19 framework.

The regions join Toronto and Peel, which have both been in lockdown since November 23.

Lockdown restrictions include only allowing retail stores to offer curbside pick-up or delivery. Restaurants can only be open for pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery.

Indoor gatherings are not allowed except with members of the same household, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

To date, Ontario has seen 144,396 coronavirus cases and 3,992 deaths.