Ontario health officials are reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, a slight increase over the day before, but still well below the province's hot spots in the GTA.
There are 688 schools in the province with one or more reported COVID-19 cases and four schools are closed because of cases.
In the Greater Toronto Area, there are 490 new cases in Peel Region, 460 in Toronto and 130 in York Region.
"The holidays are a special time of the year for many people, and while we all want to spend time with family and friends, we must celebrate safely to stop the spread of COVID-19", said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
Nine of the last 35 deaths were in nursing homes, where 59 more residents and 16 staff have tested positive for the highly contagious virus.
In his media briefing today, Ford said they being deployed as quickly as possible, "These new rapid tests are game-changers in the fight against COVID-19".
There were 557 infections in people between the ages of 20 and 39, at least 392 in people between the ages of 40 and 59 and 175 in people between the ages of 60 and 79.
Hospitalizations jumped by 21, to 665, and 96 people were in intensive care, a drop of two.
"Since day one of COVID-19, our top priority has been to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians, including long-term care residents", said Minister Fullerton.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 107,883, including deaths and recoveries.
Ontario has received approximately 98,000 ID NOW tests that are initially being used in hospitals and assessment centres in rural and remote communitiesas well as to test people as part of early outbreak investigations in hotspot regions where there are high concentrations of COVID-19 cases.
Among active cases 523 people are now hospitalized with 159 in the ICU.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is set to reveal COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming winter holidays on Wednesday afternoon.
Since the pandemic started in January, of the 3,554 people who have died in Ontario due to the disease, 2,256 were over the age of 80.
Recent record-breaking numbers have prompted many provinces to implement new restrictions and partial lockdowns. The first time weeks that number has gone over 100.
The cumulative incidence rate for COVID-19 in Ontario is 725.8 cases per 100,000 people.