Once again, Ontario's COVID-19 cases are hitting new milestones.
Today, the province recorded 2,275 cases — a record for Ontario, which has never reported more than 2,000 new infections in a single day.
Ontario is reporting 2,275 cases of #COVID19. Locally, there are 711 new cases in Toronto, 586 in Peel, 185 in Wind… https://t.co/XPbY1qLYRY— Christine Elliott (@Christine Elliott) 1608045226.0
Of the new cases, there are 711 in Toronto, 586 in Peel, 185 in Windsor-Essex, and 154 in York Region. Twenty new deaths were also reported.
These numbers come from over 39,600 processed tests, which is below the province's daily goal of 50,000.
Minister Elliott noted that this increase could be due to Public Health Ontario changing its data extraction methods.
"[Public Health] updated their data extraction time to 1 p.m. (from 10:30 a.m.), resulting in a one-time increase in case counts and some variations in results," she wrote on Twitter.
According to recent modelling, Ontario could see 5,000 new cases per day by mid-January if growth rates aren't intercepted.
Yesterday, the province administered its first doses of the approved Pfizer vaccines to frontline healthcare workers.
To date, the province is reporting 143,396 cases of COVID-19.