Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Today, Ontario is reporting 1,172 new cases, with no new cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant or the B.1.351 South Africa variant. The seven-day average of daily cases has decreased by 71 to 1,675.
Due to the recent migration of data from Toronto Public Health to Ontario’s Case and Contact Management system, the province says fluctuations in case counts may occur.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 11 new cases to report and 3 additional cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region increasing by 4 to 95. There have been 2 new COVID-19 deaths in Kawartha Lakes and 1 new death in Peterborough.
Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (444), Peel (199), and York (110).
There are double-digit increases in Ottawa (58), Middlesex-London (46), Durham (42), Windsor-Essex (41), Waterloo (39), Hamilton (26), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (26), Simcoe Muskoka (24), Halton (24), Niagara (20), Thunder Bay (17), and Eastern Ontario (14), with smaller increases in Haldimand-Norfolk (9) and Southwestern (7).
The remaining 17 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 4 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 51% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (437) among people ages 20-39, followed by 367 cases among people ages 40-59.
With 1,745 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to 91.5%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 1.3% to 3.3%, meaning that 33 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 2.
Ontario is reporting 67 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 29 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 50 new daily deaths over the past week.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 126 from yesterday to 1,066, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 5 to 336 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 1 to 254.
A total of 52,418 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 12,258 to 44,606.
A total of 348,331 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 3,716 from yesterday, with 74,994 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 2,937 from yesterday.
There are 15 new cases in Ontario schools, a decrease of 7 from yesterday, including 9 student cases and 6 staff cases. There are 29 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, a decrease of 10 from yesterday, with 13 cases among children and 16 cases among staff.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 11 new cases to report, including 7 in Peterborough, 3 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases in Northumberland or Haliburton.
There have been 2 new COVID-related deaths in Kawartha Lakes, including 1 at Caressant Care McLaughlin Road in Lindsay. There have now been 9 deaths at the long-term care home since an outbraek was first declared on January 9.
There is also 1 new COVID-related death in Peterborough, along with 1 new hospitalization
An additional 3 cases have been resolved, in Peterborough. The outbreak at The Regency retirement home in Lakefield was declared resolved on February 3.
There are currently 95 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 4 from yesterday, including 46 in Kawartha Lakes, 36 in Peterborough, 8 in Northumberland, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward (1 in Quinte West and 2 in Belleville) and 2 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 554 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (509 resolved with 9 deaths), 455 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (377 resolved with 45 deaths), 371 in Northumberland County (354 resolved with 9 deaths), 50 in Haliburton County (48 resolved with no deaths), and 368 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (360 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent 3 deaths were reported in Kawartha Lakes (2) and Peterborough (1) on February 3.
The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 12 p.m. the previous day. Data from local health units is more current and is usually reflected in the provincial data the following day. There may be discrepancies between the Ontario data reported today (which is from yesterday) and the local health unit data reported today (which is from today).
Peterborough Public Health
Peterborough Public Health’s service area is the City and County of Peterborough and the Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.
The health unit provides daily reports, including on weekends, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 554 (increase of 7)
Active cases: 36 (increase of 3)
Close contacts: 67 (decrease of 4)
Deaths: 9 (increase of 1)
Resolved: 509 (increase of 3)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (increase of 1)*
Total tests completed: Over 41,700 (increase of 50)
Outbreaks: Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough Retirement Residence (decrease of 1)**
*As of February 3, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 4 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (a decrease of 3 from yesterday) and 12 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change).
**The outbreak at The Regency retirement home in Lakefield was declared resolved on February 3.
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s service area is the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, and Haliburton County.
The health unit provides reports from Monday to Saturday, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 876, including 455 in Kawartha Lakes, 371 in Northumberland, and 50 in Haliburton (increase of 3 in Kawartha Lakes)*
Active cases: 56, including 46 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (no net change)
Probable cases: 3 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
High-risk contacts: 108, including 65 in Kawartha Lakes, 25 in Northumberland, and 15 in Haliburton (net decrease of 14)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 34, including 24 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (no change)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 54, including 45 in Kawartha Lakes and 9 in Northumberland (increase of 2 in Kawartha Lakes)
Resolved: 779, including 377 in Kawartha Lakes, 354 in Northumberland, 48 in Haliburton (no net change)
Institutional outbreaks: Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope, Caressant Care McLaughlin Road long-term care home in Lindsay, Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg, Warkworth Place long-term care home in Warkworth, Caressant Care Mary Street retirement home in Lindsay, Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay (two outbreaks), Regency long-term care home in Port Hope, Hyland Crest long-term care home in Minden (no change)
*The health unit states that total counts and counts for individual counties may fluctuate from previously reported counts as cases are transferred to or from the health unit based on case investigation details and routine data cleaning.
**This total includes an additional 3 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.
***As of February 3, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 2 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (a decrease of 1 since yesterday).
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s service area is Hastings County (including Bancroft) and Prince Edward County.
The health unit provides daily reports, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 368 (no change)
Active cases: 3 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 1 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 360 (no change)
Tests completed: 46,664 (increase of 11)
Vaccines administered: 1,096 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: Trent Valley Lodge long-term care home in Trenton (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 272,097 (increase of 1,172)*
7-day average of new cases: 1,675 (decrease of 71)
Resolved: 248,981 (increase of 1,745, 91.5% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 3.3% (decrease of 1.3%)
Hospitalized: 1,066 (decrease of 126)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 336 (decrease of 5)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 254 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 6,305 (increase of 67)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,647 (increase of 29)
Total tests completed: 9,784,846 (increase of 52,418)
Tests under investigation: 44,606 (increase of 12,258)
Vaccination doses administered: 348,331 (increase of 3,716)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 74,994 (increase of 2,937)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 106 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (decrease of 3); 1 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (no change)
*On February 1, Toronto Public Health migrated its COVID-19 data to to Ontario’s Case and Contact Management system. As data quality checks and remediation activities continue this week, fluctuations in case count may occur.
For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.