Ontario reported more than 16,700 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
16,713 new infections were reported, setting a one-day record for COVID cases in Ontario since the pandemic began. There are now 756,361 confirmed cases in Ontario.
Friday’s report broke the previous record set on Thursday of 13,807 cases.
An additional 15 virus-related deaths were also announced on December 31, bringing the county’s death toll to 10,194.
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There are 205 people in intensive care due to COVID-19, an increase of five compared to Thursday. Of those, 104 are on an unchanged respirator.
There are 1,144 people in hospital with COVID-19, a number that increases by 179.
The total number of COVID cases resolved in Ontario is 647,345, representing an increase of 4,630.
Ontario completed an additional 75,093 tests. The positivity rate was 29.8%. There are 106,173 tests still being processed.
New testing requirements come into effect
The government announced Thursday that starting Friday, PCR testing is recommended only for people who show symptoms in hospital, long-term care or retirement homes, health care workers, First Nations, or students. and employees, among other at-risk groups.
It is no longer recommended that asymptomatic individuals undergo PCR testing, except for those in high-risk settings. The general public with mild symptoms is also advised not to seek testing.
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The move came as the county’s testing system became tense with demand rising amid a surge in Omicron.
This means that in the coming days, Ontario’s daily case numbers will be less accurate in presenting a true representation of the spread of the virus in the community.
– With files from Gabe Rodriguez
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