Grey-Bruce added 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, while the number of active cases in the two counties increased to 71, the highest it has been during the pandemic.
The new cases, recorded in the 24-hour period prior to midnight on Friday, included three in Owen Sound, two each in Huron-Kinloss and Hanover and single cases in The Blue Mountains, South Bruce and Saugeen Shores.
There have now been 851 confirmed cases of the virus in Grey-Bruce since the beginning of the pandemic, with the 71 active cases up five from the 66 recorded on Friday. A total of 776 cases are considered resolved, while four Grey-Bruce residents have died from COVID-19.
There remains 20 confirmed active cases of a variant of concern in Grey-Bruce, up three from a day earlier. So far there have been 53 confirmed cases of the more transmissible variants in the two counties.
There were 490 active high-risk contacts associated with active cases.
A total of 84 cases have been confirmed in health-care workers living in Grey-Bruce. The lone outbreak declared in the region remained at the Owen Sound hospital. There were no outbreaks declared in long-term care or retirement homes, schools or childcare centres.
The health unit was reporting that 1,752 more vaccine doses were administered Friday, bringing the total number of shots for Grey-Bruce to 32,134.
Ontario reported two days of cases on Saturday due to the Good Friday holiday, and the counts were the highest the province has been since mid-January.
On Friday the province recorded 3,089 new cases and added another 3,009 new cases on Saturday.
The province added 39 more deaths over the two days.
Saturday’s cases included 954 in Toronto, 434 in Peel Region, 348 in York Region, 205 in Ottawa and 146 in Hamilton.
The seven-day rolling average was up to 2,552 cases a day, up from 1,944 just a week earlier.
On Saturday, Grey-Bruce entered a 28-day shutdown with the rest of the province as officials attempt to get surging COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations under control.
As of midnight Friday, organized public events and social gatherings are prohibited indoors, while outdoor gatherings are limited to a five-person maximum except for members of the same household.
In-person shopping has been restricted to 50 per cent capacity for stores that sell essential goods, and 25 per cent for all other retail stores.
Personal care services are prohibited, while indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited at restaurants, which are still permitted to do takeout, drive-through and delivery.
Day camps are closed, as are fitness facilities, gyms and arenas to both indoor and outdoor sports.
Weddings, funerals, religious services and other ceremonies are limited to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, while social gatherings associated with the events – such as receptions – are prohibited indoors and limited to five people outdoors.
The Ontario government said schools would continue to remain open during the shutdown.