Daily COVID count rises above the 100 mark for the sixth time in seven days

Latter half of August seeing uptick in cases

Public Health Ontario reported 118 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the sixth time in seven days that number was above 100.

On Wednesday, health officials posted just 88 cases, the lowest in a week. The province’s epidemic curve shows a slight uptick in the number of cases province-wide over the past two weeks. There were more single-digit caseload additions in the first half of August than there were above 100.

Thursday’s update came as over 28,000 COVID-19 tests were run province-wide, while over 26,000 tests remained in backlog. Ontario’s percent positivity rate, the number of tests coming back positive, remains in decline at around 0.6 percent. The lower the number, the better.

Also included in Thursday’s update were 77 recoveries and two deaths.