As expected, Hamilton Public Health saw a larger than normal increase in COVID-19 cases over the course of 24 hours.
Public health reported 200 new cases Thursday (Dec. 31, 2020) to reach 1,386 total active cases and 6,057 overall.
The new cases reported were anticipated to over-represent the actual daily case change due to a delay in labs uploading data over the holidays.
Hamilton also saw two more deaths to reach a total of 168.
Meanwhile, Ontario has pushed well beyond the 3,000 mark for new COVID-19 cases Thursday.
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As records have been broken each day this week, today’s figure of 3,328 again signals the largest daily increase of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
Thursday’s numbers also show that 56 people have died in the province in the past 24-hours.
Along with the new cases, reports also indicate the number of hospitalizations for the virus is climbing with 352 patients currently being treated in intensive care units.
These numbers are also hitting the modelling projections outlined by the Provincial government early this month, but are doing so at a rate slightly sooner than expected.
Toronto added 888 new cases, 431 in Peel, and 418 in the York Region.