New COVID cases in Ontario were above 1700 for the third straight day with 1707 new cases reported. Toronto set a single day record with 727 new cases. There were 373 in Peel and 168 in York Region. There are 1,373 more resolved cases and over 34,600 tests completed. There were seven deaths reported-the lowest number in a month. Hospitalizations continue to grow with 645 cases-up 27 from the previous day. Also concerning are the number of ICU patients, now sitting at 185—well above the 150 case threshold that Health officials say will strain the system’s ability to deal with critically-ill non-COVID patients.
Both Hamilton and Halton reported 47 new COVID cases at their latest updates and each of the public health units also reported two deaths. Hospitalizations in Hamilton dropped by six cases to 19. In Halton 27 of the region’s total new cases were in Milton which has reported nearly 1100 cases since the pandemic began and nine deaths.
At her COVID briefing today Hamilton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson did not mince words in waring that there is a very real likelihood that Hamilton is heading into a full lockdown.