Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 3,000

TORONTO — More than 3,000 people in Ontario have now died after contracting COVID-19.

On Saturday, health officials reported another 809 new cases of the novel coronavirus, with the majority of infections logged in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa.

The new cases represent a decrease from the record-high 939 infections reported on Friday.

Officials also recorded another seven deaths related to the disease, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,004.

According to the province’s epidemiology report, at least five of the deaths were residents in long-term care homes. To date, 1,961 long-term care residents have died after contracting COVID-19.

Of the 3,004 deaths reported in the province, 12 were in people between the ages of 20 and 39 while 125 were between the ages of 40 and 59.

Seniors continue to be the demographic hardest hit by the disease. At least 799 people between the ages of 60 and 79 have died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and 2,067 more deaths were logged in those over the age of 80.

One person under the age of 19 has died, although it is not clear if the death was caused by the disease or other health issues.

Where are the new cases?

More than half of the new COVID-19 cases were reported in COVID-19 hotspots.

Toronto logged 358 infections in the last 24 hours while Peel Region reported 123, Ottawa logged 94 and York Region recorded 76.

Durham Region, Halton Region and Hamilton have each reported more than 20 COVID-19 cases. Two other local public health units are reporting more than 10 infections.

The majority of infections logged on Saturday occurred in people under the age of 60. Only 128 of the 809 new COVID-19 patients over the age of 60.

As of Saturday there are 213 people being treated for the novel coronavirus in the hospital. Forty-eight of those patients are in the intensive care unit and 29 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 58,490, including deaths and recoveries.

Nearly 44,300 COVID-19 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. More than 56,100 tests remain under investigation.

Keep Thanksgiving dinner to your household, premier urges

In a news release issued on Saturday morning, Ontario Premier Doug Ford reiterated that residents should not be hosting large family dinners this holiday weekend.

“On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, it’s not enough to limit the size of Thanksgiving gatherings to 10 people or less. We must all do our part to keep gathering sizes small by sticking to our immediate households,” he said in a statement.

“If you live alone, you may join one other household to ensure no one is alone or isolated this holiday season, but please take the necessary precautions to keep gatherings small.”

Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region all reverted to a modified Stage 2 of the province’s economic reopening plan on Saturday. Under these new restrictions, restaurants will no longer be able to provide indoor dining and large facilities such as gyms and movie theatres have closed.

FULL LIST HERE: Businesses, services impacted by Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions

Residents have also been urged to remain limit trips outside of their home, leaving only to go to work, school, pick up essentials, exercise or keep a medical appointment.

The new restrictions will remain in place for 28 days.

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