Public Health Ontario reported 313 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the highest Ontario has seen since early June.
This comes as the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says there were 13 cases of COVID in this region since Friday’s update. There was one case each in Innisfil and Huntsville, the rest were from Barrie. Eleven of Monday’s cases were among the ages of 18-34, continuing a trend locally and province-wide of numbers declining more slowly among younger demographics than with older.
This bump in numbers comes as Public Health Ontario reports an additional twelve people across the province have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, and one more receiving intensive care. This comes despite public health officials pointing out around 35 of Ontario’s hospitals did not file a report to be included in Monday’s data, as is typically the case following a weekend. It is anticipated this number will grow.
All told, 47 people remain hospitalized due to COVID-19, while 17 of those are in an ICU. Of those, 8 require ventilation.
Representatives from some Toronto area hospitals are sounding the alarm over the rising number of COVID related cases in the province and the subsequent strain being put on the health care industry as a result.
The President and CEO of the University Health Network in Toronto, Dr. Kevin Smith, notes inputs jumped from zero to seven recently.
I’m worried. @UHN We’ve gone from zero (0) covid inpts for some weeks to seven (7) inpts – the majority in ICU. It’s time to act! We know how to turn the tide on increasing cases of Covid. Mask. Physically distance. Hand wash. Limit gatherings. Test. Trace. Isolate. Get serious— Dr. Kevin Smith (@KevinSmithUHN) September 13, 2020
A statement released by the Ontario Hospital Association on Sunday calls the recent daily test growth “a clear warning sign that our hard-won progress is slipping away. It is the responsibility of each of us to take steps immediately to halt this alarming trend.”
Meanwhile, in Simcoe-Muskoka, hospitalizations have remained consistently low since early June; the health unit has reported one to two people admitted to hospital at any given time, since June 1, down from a high of 11 on March 30.
Ontario’s death toll increased by one since Sunday’s update, up to 2,816 people. The Simcoe-Muskoka death toll remains unchanged since early August, at 37 people.