News Ontario records over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for fourth straight day SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Friday, Dec. 18th, 2020 (Supplied by Pixabay) It’s close to a record high number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario. The province reported 2,290 new cases of the virus on Friday. It comes as a record high 68,200 tests were completed over the last day. Seventy-three per cent of the new cases are in the hot spots around the GTHA and in Windsor-Essex. The death toll in Ontario is now at 4,098 after another 40 people died.