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New record for COVID cases as province passes 1800 mark


New record for COVID cases as province passes 1800 mark

Ontario reported its highest ever single-day count of new COVID cases with 1855. Halton showed a big increase with 130 new cases. There are 517 new cases in Peel, 494 in Toronto and 189 in York Region. There were 20 deaths recorded. Hospitalizations dropped by 15 cases to 541. ICU patients stood at 151.Accompanying the record-breaking new case count was a new record in tests completed with  58,037 tests completed over the past 24 hours, which is the highest number ever.

Locally, after a couple of days where local COVID counts appeared to be lessening, both Hamilton and Halton reported a significant surge in new cases yesterday. Hamilton had 71 new cases, the highest daily count since November 8, and Halton recorded 101 new cases but in that case a defect in the provincial database that led to approximately 50-60 cases entered by laboratories into the system from November 17 to 24 not being reported to Halton Region Public Health until November 25. Ongoing data remediation led to a delay in the dashboard refresh on November 25, and is resulting in a large number of new cases being added to the dashboard today. Public Health Hamilton said there was no similar glitch in the city and that the 71 cases are confirmed cases.

Hospitalizations in Hamilton were unchanged at 20.There were three outbreaks reported yesterday, one at Grace Villa where two residents tested positive, another at Rehoboth Christian School involving one staff and one student, and an outbreak at Universal Precision Technology where four staff tested positive.

Halton recorded two additional deaths, bringing the total to 60. There were 32 COVID patients in Halton Hospitals.

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