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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on Jan. 22

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WATCH ABOVE: Despite ideal conditions, ski hills, like so many other things, have been forced to close. But Dagmar Ski Resort is trying to keep the slopes ready in hopes of salvaging the season. – Jan 21, 2021

Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday.

Feds send mobile health units to GTA

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is sending two mobile health units to the Greater Toronto Area.

The units will bring an additional 200 hospital beds to the area, to help free up space for people who need intensive care, and will provide medical equipment and supplies.

Traffic data shows more people staying home to combat COVID-19 in Toronto: city officials

The City of Toronto has released traffic data on Friday that shows more people have been staying home in order to combat the coronavirus.

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According to the data, “vehicle traffic continues to be at its lowest observed levels since Stage 1 Reopening back in May and June 2020,” however it is still higher than when restrictions were first announced at the beginning of the spring.

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The data takes into account three monitoring measures: traffic congestion, volume and downtown multimodal volumes.

Read more: Traffic data shows more people staying home to combat COVID-19 in Toronto, city officials say

‘Expect delivery delays’ amid outbreak at Mississauga Canada Post site

Canada Post is telling customers to expect delivery delays due to a COVID-19 outbreak at a key mail facility in Mississauga that has sickened dozens of workers.

Canada Post says 182 workers at the site have tested positive since the start of the new year.

 

Read more: ‘Expect delivery delays’ amid COVID-19 outbreak at Mississauga Canada Post site

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Coronavirus: 149 COVID-19 cases at Mississauga mail plant – Jan 21, 2021

Status of cases in the GTA

Ontario reported a total of 2,662 new cases on Thursday.

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Of those:

  • 779 were in Toronto
  • 542 were in Peel Region
  • 228 were in York Region
  • 80 were in Durham Region
  • 102 were in Halton Region

Ontario reports 87 new COVID-19-related deaths, 2,662 more cases

Ontario reported 2,662 new cases of the novel coronavirus Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 250,226.

Eighty-seven more deaths were also reported Friday, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,701.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 3.3 per cent, which is the lowest that figure has been since Dec. 13, when it was 3.2 per cent.

Provincial figures showed there are 1,512 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 21), with 383 in intensive care (down by five), 291 of whom are on a ventilator (down by two).

Read more: Ontario reports 87 new COVID-19-related deaths, 2,662 more cases

42 more deaths reported by Ministry of Long-Term Care

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,298 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of 42.

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There are currently 244 outbreaks in long-term care homes, 134 of which are reported to have no resident cases.

— With files from The Canadian Press