Ontario reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May

Grant Boone
September 22, 2020

A couple in face masks walk down Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles.

Ontario's new coronavirus cases have increase significantly over the past week with Friday's 401, Saturday's 407, and Sunday's 365. The state has more than 785,000 confirmed cases, the most of any state in the nation. NY has suffered by far the most deaths - 33,081 - followed New Jersey, which has about half as many. Texas this weekend hit 15,088.

With figures falling, California last month instituted a new four-tier system for counties to reopen more businesses and activities. But officials urged people to remain cautious.

Health officials reported 478 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, which is the highest daily total since May 2 when 511 cases were reported.

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The new cases come a day after the city recorded 15 cases, the lowest one-day increase in 10 days. Nearly all of them had underlying health conditions.

There are now 10 patients in hospital being treated for COVID-19, including two in intensive care. That number needs to be under 7.0 for L.A. County to move up from the most restricted tier, Ferrer said.

The new plan comes as Ontario continues to struggle with long line ups at some of its 147 COVID-19 assessment centres.

Previous holiday weekends during the pandemic have sparked surges of infections, which generally show up two weeks later. For more information, visit the county's Department of Public Health website.

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