Ontario reporting 1,631 additional COVID-19 cases, highest daily increase since Feb. 5

Ontario is reporting another 1,631 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase in more than a month as the province slowly starts reopening its economy.The seven-day average is at 1,155 cases daily, or 56 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 13.0 daily. On Feb. 5, 1,670 more cases were recorded.However, a ministry spokesperson later said that the latest count was “higher than expected due to a data catch-up process related to the provincial CCM system.”Ontario is also reporting 10 more deaths, according to its latest report released Monday morning, but none in long-term care.The province says 38,063 tests were completed the previous day, and a 3.4 per cent positivity rate.There are 626 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 282 patients in intensive care. There are 184 people on ventilators.Ontario has administered 21,882 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 912,486 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 273,676 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses.Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 568 cases are in Toronto, 322 in Peel Region and 119 in York Region.Meanwhile, no residents in long-term care have died for a total of 3,747 deaths since the pandemic began, in the latest report released by the province. The province says the number of LTC homes in outbreak also remains unchanged at 84, or 13.4 per cent of all LTC homes in Ontario.This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.There are 879 confirmed cases in Ontario of the highly contagious variant first detected in the United Kingdom, an increase of 51 from the previous day.There are 39 cases in Ontario of the variant first detected in South Africa, with eight more reported than the previous day.There are 17 cases of the variant first found in Brazil, an increase of four.Ann Marie Elpa is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: aelpa@thestar.ca

Ontario reporting 1,631 additional COVID-19 cases, highest daily increase since Feb. 5

Ontario is reporting another 1,631 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase in more than a month as the province slowly starts reopening its economy.

The seven-day average is at 1,155 cases daily, or 56 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 13.0 daily.

On Feb. 5, 1,670 more cases were recorded.

However, a ministry spokesperson later said that the latest count was “higher than expected due to a data catch-up process related to the provincial CCM system.”

Ontario is also reporting 10 more deaths, according to its latest report released Monday morning, but none in long-term care.

The province says 38,063 tests were completed the previous day, and a 3.4 per cent positivity rate.

There are 626 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 282 patients in intensive care. There are 184 people on ventilators.

Ontario has administered 21,882 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 912,486 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 273,676 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses.

Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 568 cases are in Toronto, 322 in Peel Region and 119 in York Region.

Meanwhile, no residents in long-term care have died for a total of 3,747 deaths since the pandemic began, in the latest report released by the province.

The province says the number of LTC homes in outbreak also remains unchanged at 84, or 13.4 per cent of all LTC homes in Ontario.

This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.

There are 879 confirmed cases in Ontario of the highly contagious variant first detected in the United Kingdom, an increase of 51 from the previous day.

There are 39 cases in Ontario of the variant first detected in South Africa, with eight more reported than the previous day.

There are 17 cases of the variant first found in Brazil, an increase of four.

Ann Marie Elpa is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: aelpa@thestar.ca

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