Ontario health officials reported a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province, with a majority in the Windsor-Essex region.
An additional 257 new infections were confirmed on Monday, up from 178 reported on Sunday, 160 reported on Saturday and 111 on Friday.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced on Monday that 177 of the new cases were from the Windsor-Essex region and 80 new cases were from the rest of the province, including 40 in Peel Region.
Twenty-one of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported no cases of the disease.
“After extensive testing this weekend of temporary workers in Southwestern Ontario, the province is reporting 177 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, with another 80 new cases across the rest of the province. There were over 27,000 tests processed yesterday,” the minister said in a statement.
The province also confirmed an additional seven COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 2,665.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the province stands at 34,911, with 30,196 of the cases now recovered, health officials said.
At the same time, of the new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Sunday, the majority of patients were between the ages of 20 and 39.
Health officials say that 182 of the 257 COVID-19 positive patients were within that age group, while 48 were between the ages of 40 and 59. Only 9 were over the age of 79.