Community spread is the source of 19 per cent of the cases and travel is connected with 13 per cent, including one recent death.
Seventy-six per cent of Monday's cases are happening in three hot spots with Toronto reporting 112 cases, 71 in Peel and 60 cases in Ottawa while many rural areas continue to be virus free or have less than five cases. We see it all over the world.
Monday saw the announcement that there were 313 new positive tests, a high that has not been seen since June.
The high numbers have prompted calls for new restrictions from Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Health Minister Christine Elliot echoed Ford's sentiment saying that "wave two is coming" and is asking for the 14.5 million people in Ontario "to please continue to follow the public health guidance".
"We did quite well with respect to wave one, but wave two is coming", said Elliott.
With the number of COVID-19 cases steadily rising in Ontario, the provincial government is reminding the public to continue to follow public health guidelines in order to weather an inevitable second wave. That is a rate of 89.2 per cent.
More than 24,000 test specimens remain under investigation.
Ford noted that the province is better prepared for the second than first wave, with more PPE being manufactured in the province and better healthcare capacity for a surge of expected cases.
Across the province, there are 1,848 active cases. Another 117 people recovered from infection.
Williams' remarks and release of Ontario's new caseload come as the largest school board in Ontario, Toronto District School Board, begins its school year.
"But I think it's fair to say that the second wave is going to be more complicated and more hard to deal with than the first wave".
She said the province has a full fall emergency plan at the ready if needed. "The whole plan was to suppress cases as much as possible over the summer".
He said Ontarians must continue to wash their hands frequently, practice physical distancing, wear face masks when required, stay home when sick, and neither host nor attend unsafe gatherings or parties.
"If we can delay the gratification of the need for intense socializing for several months, our reward will be less suffering, less death and a more open society". "We know many people are very concerned about having had cancer surgeries, cardiac surgeries put off, we don't' want them to have to go through that again".