Ontario Records Highest New COVID-19 Cases Since June, Majority in People Under Age 39

As many regions in Ontario have started entering Stage 3 of the province’s reopening and economic recovery plan, the latest COVID-19 updates have reported the highest level of new COVID-19 cases since June. 

On Tuesday morning, 203 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, bringing the province’s total confirmed cases up to 37,942 total cases. 

Health Minister Christine Elliot took to twitter calling the increase “concerning” as the report found that 116 of the new cases confirmed today are from people who are 39 years old or younger.

In a follow-up tweet, the Health Minister added that the spike in new cases only occurred in localized regions, mainly Peel, Ottawa, and Windsor-Essex regions. 

Peel Region reported 57 new cases, Ottawa reported 43 new cases, and Windsor-Essex reported as many as 24 new COVID-19 cases. 

On Monday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford told reporters that the growing number of COVID-19 cases in younger people is “shocking”. 

The Premier would then warn younger Ontarians that while they may feel invincible, “it is going to be a different story for your parents and your relatives”, as he discussed the risks and consequences that younger people take may affect others around them. 

“You may feel you’re invincible and you’ll get through it,” said Premier Ford at Queen’s Park on Monday. 

“(But) it’s not just about yourself getting through it. Yes, you’re healthy, you’re young, it’s about your parents and your other family members and your grandparents. That’s what you have to think about when you go out.”

His statement came after a concerning trend emerged suggesting that most new cases of COVID-19 infections were reported from people between the ages of 20 and 39. 

 Health Minister Christine Elliot said that the spike in cases among younger people could be a result of “COVID fatigue” or simply that younger people may be acting too casual about protecting themselves from COVID-19. 

In the tweet, Health Minister Christine Elliot urged Ontarians of all ages to continue to follow the health guidelines such as physically distancing and wearing a face covering as many regions of Ontario enter Stage 3 of reopening. 

Dr. David Williams, one of Ontario’s top doctors, has also warned younger people about the risks of COVID-19 after he received anecdotal reports from various physicians and medical groups in Ontario that COVID-19 patients in the 20 – 39 age group are returning to the doctor after recovering from the virus. 

“I wouldn’t be too casual about not caring about getting infected because it’s a new disease and we still have a lot to learn,” Williams said. 

“We’re starting to see some cases where people who had a relatively insignificant case of COVID-19, later on, are having some effects and issues.”

Echoing similar sentiments to those of Premier Doug Ford, Dr. David Williams advises that young people should be cautious about COVID-19 and take preventative measures such as wearing masks and physical distancing when out in public. 

“Just because you may be young and think the kind of condition is just going to be like a flu-like illness for a few days, a bit of shortness of breath … You don’t know what the longer-term aspects are,” said Dr. Williams 

“I’m not saying I know something will happen, (but) I’ve heard some anecdotal reports.”

Ontario COVID-19 Statistics

Confirmed Cases: 37,942

Recovered: 33,605

Deaths: 2,753

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