Ontario reports under 2,000 new coronavirus cases, 36 more deaths

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario officials provide COVID-19 update

Ontario is reporting 1,969 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 270,180.

However, the government noted Monday’s case count is an overestimation, as it was also indicated on Saturday and Sunday.

“As Toronto Public Health migrates to the provincial data system, CCM, additional records were reported for Toronto Public Health today, resulting in an overestimate of the daily counts,” officials said.

Monday’s case count is higher than Sunday’s which saw 1,848 new infections. On Saturday, 2,063 new cases were recorded and 1,837 on Friday.

“Locally, there are 886 new cases in Toronto, 330 in Peel and 128 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The death toll in the province has risen to 6,224 as 36 more deaths were reported.

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Officials have now included a section for confirmed variant cases and have listed 69 U.K. variant (B.1.1.7) cases detected so far in the province.

Meanwhile, 244,939 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 90 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,132 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Monday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 19,017 — down from the previous day when it was 19,216, and down from last Monday at 23,620.

The seven-day average has now reached 1,889, down from yesterday at 1,887and down from last week at 2,371 — showing a downward trend in new cases.

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Ontario reported 1,158 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by one from the previous day), with 354 patients in an intensive care unit (down by two) and 260 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by eight).

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The government said 30,359 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 11,651 tests awaiting results. A total of 9,703,876 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Monday was 5.2 per cent, up from Sunday when it was 3.7 per cent, but down from a week ago at 5.5 per cent.

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As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the province has administered 341,900 COVID-19 vaccine doses, an increase of 2,256 in the last day. There are 70,293 people fully vaccinated with two doses. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only vaccines currently approved in Canada, require two shots.

Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 132,174 people are male — an increase of 968 cases.
  • 136,489 people are female — an increase of 983 cases.
  • 35,296 people are 19 and under — an increase of 280 cases.
  • 98,773 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 695 cases.
  • 78,034 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 612 cases.
  • 39,000 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 274 cases.
  • 19,040 people are 80 and over — an increase of 108 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: 23
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 233
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 1,682
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 4,283
  • 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 3,543 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is an increase of 14 deaths. Eleven virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

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There are 230 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 931 active cases among long-term care residents and 914 active cases among staff — up by 31 cases and up by 16 cases, respectively, in the last day.

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