Peel Region the biggest contributor to an increased COVID-19 case count Friday

Region reporting 72 cases, just two in Simcoe-Muskoka

An uptick in COVID-19 cases province-wide on Friday, with Public Health Ontario reporting 148.

This is an increase of 16 over Thursday, and higher than the seven-day average of 124. This represents the second time the province confirmed more than 140 cases since July 24.

Among Friday’s 148 cases are 72 out of Peel Region. Toronto Public Health reported 41 cases and 13 out of Ottawa. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the other 31 health units across Ontario reported five or fewer cases to close out the workweek.

That includes the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. It confirmed two cases of COVID-19 on Friday, one each in Bracebridge and New Tecumseth. Both are men between the ages of 18 and 34, and the manner by which they contracted the virus remains under investigation.

Simcoe-Muskoka closes out the week with 16 cases, compared to 22 last week, but just eleven the week prior to that.