Toronto’s current seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases is 209 compared to 40 at the start of September.
On Wednesday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said the “concerning” rise in cases indicates that the temporary closures of indoor dining, gyms, and cinemas is needed.
De Villa confirmed that there are 296 new cases today, making the total 23,338. Currently 108 people are hospitalized, with 24 in ICU and 12 intubated.
Of the 23,338 total cases, almost 30% have been reported since the beginning of September. And, just over 25% of the total numbers have been reported in the last 30 days, with more than 15% reported in the last two weeks.
“I believe the number can be reduced and we can reverse the course,” she said.
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While de Villa said she recognizes that people are frustrated and experiencing hardship with the new restrictions, the measures are needed to “interrupt the chain of transmission,” that will “protect the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time.”
De Villa also confirmed that 21 cases were linked to adult recreational hockey in early October. In late September, 18 cases were linked to a fitness centre with a potential 76 contacts.
Also in Hamilton 70 cases were linked to one week at a spin class facility and 100 more could be exposed.
The Medical Officer of Health noted that with every confirmed case there are likely those who are asymptomatic, or those who don’t have severe symptoms, but are moving about the community without knowing they’re spreading the virus to others.
Additionally, in long-term care there are 14 outbreaks amongst the 100 facilities in the city. An outbreak is defined as two or more residents or staff testing positive.