Ontario is reporting 1,740 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 258,700.
Tuesday’s case count is lower than Monday’s which saw 1,958 new infections. On Sunday, 2,417 new cases were recorded and 2,359 on Saturday.
It is also the lowest increase in daily cases since Dec. 13 when 1,677 new cases were reported.
“Locally, there are 677 new cases in Toronto, 320 in Peel and 144 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
The death toll in the province has risen to 5,909 after 63 more deaths were reported.
Meanwhile, 229,755 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 89 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,261 from the previous day.
There were more resolved cases than new cases on Tuesday.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 23,036 — down from the previous day when it was 23,620, and down from last Tuesday at 27,615.
The seven-day average has now reached 2,346, down from yesterday at 2,371 and down from last week at 2,893 — showing a downward trend in new cases.
Ontario reported 1,466 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 68 from the previous day), with 383 patients in an intensive care unit (down by 14) and 298 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 15).
The government said 30,717 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 36,405 tests awaiting results. A total of 9,375,676 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.
Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Tuesday was 5.9 per cent, up from Monday at 5.5 per cent, and down from one week ago when it was 6.8 per cent.
As of 8 p.m. Monday, the province has administered 295,817 COVID-19 vaccine doses. There are 83,285 people fully vaccinated with two doses. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only two vaccines currently approved in Canada, require two shots.
Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:
- 126,519 people are male — an increase of 874 cases.
- 130,723 people are female — an increase of 875 cases.
- 33,791 people are 19 and under — an increase of 243 cases.
- 94,667 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 636 cases.
- 74,605 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 497 cases.
- 37,300 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 252 cases.
- 18,288 people are 80 and over — an increase of 110 cases.
- The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.
The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.
Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:
- Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 2
- Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 22
- Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 222
- Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 1,594
- Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 4,068
- The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths.
Ontario long-term care homes
According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,389 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is an increase of 24 deaths. Eleven virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.
There are 246 current outbreaks in homes, which is a decrease of 10 from the previous day.
The ministry also indicated there are currently 1,164 active cases among long-term care residents and 1,905 active cases among staff — down by 102 cases and down by 105 cases, respectively, in the last day.View link »