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Ontario reports more than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths

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Ontario is reporting 1,546 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 332,119.

Tuesday’s case count is lower than Monday’s which saw 1,699 new infections. On Sunday, 1,791 new cases were recorded and 1,829 on Saturday.

According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 465 cases were recorded in Toronto, 329 in Peel Region, 161 in York Region and 99 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 70 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,253 as nine more deaths were recorded.

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Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), and P.1 (first detected in Brazil) mutations.

Of the variants detected so far in the province, the B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 1,359 variant cases, which is up by 19 since Monday, 47 B.1.351 variant cases which one was removed, and 37 P.1 variant cases which is up by one.

The cumulative case count for a mutation that was detected but the lineage was not determined was 13,894, the government indicated there was an increase of 666.

Meanwhile, 309,849 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 93 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,271 from the previous day.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 15,017 — up from the previous day when it was at 14,751, and up from March 16 when it was at 12,506. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 1,667, up from yesterday at 1,600, and is up from last week at 1,334. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,000.

The government said 32,556 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 31,325 tests awaiting results. A total of 12,146,393 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Tuesday was 5.7 per cent, the highest test positivity since late January. That figure is up from Monday when it was at 5.4 per cent, and up from last week at 4.5 per cent.

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Ontario reported 868 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 55 from the previous day) with 324 patients in intensive care units (up by 26) and 193 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by seven).

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, the provincial government reported administering 1,603,699 COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 50,659 in the last day. There are 301,043 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one.

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

  • 163,979 people are male — an increase of 804 cases.
  • 166,290 people are female — an increase of 730 cases.
  • 46,448 people are 19 and under — an increase of 335 cases.
  • 121,736 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 537 cases.
  • 95,583 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 464 cases.
  • 47,272 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 185 cases.
  • 21,001 people are 80 and over — an increase of 25 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

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: 32
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 303
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 2,026
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 4,889
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data corrections or updates can result in death records being removed.

Cases, deaths and outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,753 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which did not increase since yesterday. Eleven virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

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There are 52 current outbreaks in homes, which is down by four from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 10 active cases among long-term care residents and 99 active cases among staff — down by two and down by 11, respectively, in the last day.

Cases among students and staff at Ontario schools, child care centres

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 11,443 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario to date — 8,424 among students and 1,864 among staff (1,155 individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 409 more cases in the last three days — 333 student cases, 75 staff cases and one individual was not identified.

In the last 14 days, the province indicates there are 1,432 cases reported among students, 301 cases among staff and 19 individuals were not identified — totaling 1,752 cases.

The COVID-19 cases are currently from 997 out of 4,828 schools in the province. Forty-eight schools in Ontario are currently closed as a result of positive cases, the government indicated.

There have been a total of 3,288 confirmed cases within child care centres and homes — an increase of 93 (59 new child cases and 34 staff cases). Out of 5,279 child care centres in Ontario, 239 currently have cases and 53 centres are closed.

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Data for cases in schools and child care centres are updated weekdays only, at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesday’s, numbers are included from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon, a three-day period.

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