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Ontario reports 1,058 new COVID cases Monday

The province also reported 11 deaths, 45 new hospitalizations, and 1,083 recoveries in today's update
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Public Health Ontario has reported 1,058 new cases of COVID-19 today (Feb. 22).

Today's report includes 11 new deaths, four were residents at long-term care homes. 

Of the deaths reported today, three were individuals were between 60 and 79 years old, and eight were over the age of 80. 

The province has reported 45 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and six new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The Feb. 22 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,083 new recoveries
  • 10,335 active cases, which is down from 10,437 yesterday
  • 646 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 660 reported yesterday. Public Health Ontario notes on the weekends more than 10 per cent of hospitals in the province do not report the daily bed census, which could impact the numbers reported in today's update.
  • There are 280 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 277) and 189 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 181 yesterday).
  • The province reported 31,163 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 3.3 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 11,883 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 10.7 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 1,058 new cases reported today, 325 are from Toronto, 215 cases are from Peel, 87 are from York Region, and 47 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 123 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 70 at retirement homes and 41 at hospitals. 
  • Of the cases reported today there are 163 people under 19 years old, 417 people between 20 and 39 years old, 318 people between 40 and 59 years old, 137 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 22 people over the age of 80. 

Variants of concern

  • The province has reported 390 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • The province has reported 9 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • The province has reported 1 case of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. 
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

Vaccine update for Feb. 22:

  • There were 12,922 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Feb 21, which is down from 16,404 administered on Feb. 19. 
  • As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, the province reported 569,455 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 240,669 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 294,144 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 276,937 recoveries and 6,872 deaths, of which 3,857 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,978.8 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 48.4 cases per 100,000 people from Feb. 12 to Feb. 18, which is a decrease of 10.9 per cent compared to Feb. 6 to Feb. 12 when the average weekly incidence rate was 54.3 cases per 100,000 people.

On Friday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the region. The health unit is scheduled to provide an update on local cases today, including those reported since Friday.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,099 cases of COVID-19 with 5,400 of those cases recovered and 184 cases ending in death. There are 472 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. Twenty-two Simcoe County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19.

According to the health unit, 171 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern UK B.1.1.7 and an additional 158 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing). 

The weekly incidence rate for Simcoe Muskoka is about 36 cases per 100,000 people, which is down by 20 per cent from 45 cases per 100,000 a week ago.

For the latest breakdown of cases in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, click here.

Erika Engel

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