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Ontario reports 42 more COVID-19-related deaths, 981 cases

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Ontario reported 981 cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 285,868.

“Locally, there are 209 new cases in Peel, 171 in York Region and 122 in Toronto,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

However, the province noted that due to ongoing data maintenance at Toronto Public Health, reported “case counts may fluctuate” from the health unit. On Saturday, Toronto reported 433 cases.

A total of 267,128 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is up by 1,235 and is 93.4 per cent of all confirmed cases.

Forty-two additional deaths were also reported on Sunday, bringing the provincial death toll to 6,693.

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Just over 48,700 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 10,375,912 tests and 15,947 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 2.6 per cent, which is up from Saturday’s report, when it was 2.3 per cent, but down from last Sunday’s report when it was 2.8 per cent.

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There have been 303 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K., as well as six of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa, and one case of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil.

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Provincial figures showed there are 705 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 81), with 292 in intensive care (up by five), 203 of whom are on a ventilator (no change).

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However, the province noted that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit their daily bed census for Sunday’s report — as is often the case on weekends — possibly causing the reported number of hospitalizations to be lower than it actually is.

Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

  • 140,117 people are male
  • 144,193 people are female
  • 37,482 people are 19 and under
  • 104,526 people are 20 to 39
  • 82,711 people are 40 to 59
  • 41,330 people are 60 to 79
  • 19,760 people are 80 and over

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

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The province also 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.

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According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,714 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of three. There are currently 171 outbreaks in long-term care homes, 106 of which are reported to have no resident cases.

There are 274 active cases among long-term care residents and 401 among staff.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, 467,626 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario, which is an increase of 10,679 over 24 hours.

So far, 174,643 people in the province have received both required doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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