At the end of a long week, Ontario has a new unwanted record. The province announced on Friday morning, March 20, that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario has jumped by 50 overnight. That is reportedly the biggest single-day increase the province has seen so far.
Ontario's COVID-19 updates page confirmed in its daily 10:30 a.m. update on Friday morning that the province now has 301 people who have been found to have the disease and are considered active cases.
In total, that means 308 Ontarians have contracted the illness, once you include the five resolved cases and the two people who have died of COVID-19-related illness.
That figure represents a jump of 50 cases from the last count on Thursday.
And, as reported by CBC, that is the biggest overnight climb that Ontario has seen so far during the progression of the global pandemic.
The Ontario website, while apparently already slightly behind the times, details some of the new cases that have emerged.
Perhaps most notably from the details available about some of the new cases, three people in their 20s have been exposed via close contact in the Waterloo and Peel Regions.
Overall, the cases include a wide range of ages of both men and women.
Per CTV News, the new cases that have information available include two each in Toronto, Hamilton, and Peel Region, as well as four in Waterloo, six in Durham Region, one in York, and three in Ottawa.
Just hours before this update, on Thursday evening, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, admitted March 19's increase of 43 was smaller than he had expected.
And he warned that the province's number of new cases could soon hit 50 or 60 per day as people begin to return from March Break trips.
That marker of 50 has been hit the very first day after those comments.
So far, Ontario has tested short of 20,000 people for COVID-19; nearly 5,500 are currently being assessed.
Also on Thursday, Toronto's medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, encouraged all "non-essential" businesses in the city to close down in order to further facilitate social distancing.