Ontario reports 1,022 new COVID-19 cases, including Canada’s first case of Brazilian variant

One new death in Kawartha Lakes with 4 new cases in Hastings Prince Edward, 3 in Northumberland, 2 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Peterborough

Toronto mayor John Tory listening to a reporter's question during a media briefing on February 8, 2021, when Toronto Public Health reported Canada's first known case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19. (CPAC screenshot)
Toronto mayor John Tory listening to a reporter's question during a media briefing on February 8, 2021, when Toronto Public Health reported Canada's first known case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19. (CPAC screenshot)

Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.

Today, Ontario is reporting 1,022 new cases — the lowest single-day increase (barring data issues) since November 5, when 1,003 cases were reported. The seven-day average of new cases now stands at 1,367.

Ontario is reporting 8 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant and 2 new cases the B.1.351 South Africa variant. At a media conference yesterday, Toronto Mayor John Tory reported that city has recorded Canada’s first known case of the P.1 variant, commonly called the Brazilian variant. The infected person, who is hospitalized, recently travelled from Brazil.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 11 new cases to report and 8 additional cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region remaining unchanged at 113. There has been 1 new COVID-related death in Kawartha Lakes.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (343), Peel (250), and York (128).

There are double-digit increases in Halton (42), Waterloo (41), Ottawa (25), Durham (25), Middlesex-London (24), Simcoe Muskoka (23), Niagara (18), Windsor-Essex (16), North Bay Parry Sound (13), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (13), Hamilton (12), and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (12), with a smaller increase in Chatham-Kent (9).

The remaining 18 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 7 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s new cases, 51% are among people 40 and older, with the highest number of cases (382) among people ages 20-39, followed by 301 cases among people ages 40-59.

With 1,388 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to 92.7%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 1.1% to 3.3%, meaning that 33 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 8.

Ontario is reporting 17 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 7 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 45 new daily deaths over the past week.

Hospitalizations have increased by 8 from yesterday to 909, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 17 to 318 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 3 to 223.

A total of 30,798 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 22,580 to 33,273.

A total of 398,633 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 12,462 from yesterday, with 115,529 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 9,366 from yesterday.

There are 47 new cases in Ontario schools, an increase of 44 from yesterday, including 34 student cases, 10 staff cases, and 3 cases among unidentified individuals. There are 33 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, an increase of 11 from yesterday, with 21 cases among children and 12 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 11 new cases to report, including 4 in Hastings Prince Edwards (with the first-ever case in the Tyendinga Mohawk Territory), 3 in Northumberland, 2 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Peterborough. There are no new cases in Haliburton.

There has been 1 new COVID-related death in Kawartha Lakes.

An additional 8 cases have been resolved, including 3 in Peterborough, 3 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Haliburton.

There are currently 113 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region (no net change from yesterday), including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 30 in Northumberland, 17 in Peterborough, and 10 in Hastings Prince Edward (3 in Quinte West, 6 in Belleville, and 1 in Tyendinga Mohawk Territory). There are no active cases in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 561 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (535 resolved with 9 deaths), 491 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (401 resolved with 47 deaths), 397 in Northumberland County (358 resolved with 9 deaths), 50 in Haliburton County (50 resolved with no deaths), and 376 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (361 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Kawartha Lakes on February 9.

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).

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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: 561 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 17 (decrease of 1)
Close contacts: 57 (increase of 4)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 535 (increase of 3)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 42,050 (no change)
Outbreaks: Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough Retirement Residence (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 517 (as of February 5)

*As of February 9, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 3 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (a decrease of 1 since yesterday) and 17 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (an increase of 3 from yesterday).

 

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 Sundays and statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 938, including 491 in Kawartha Lakes, 397 in Northumberland, and 50 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 86, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes and 30 in Northumberland (net decrease of 3)
Probable cases: 4, including 3 in Northumberland and 1 in Kawartha Lakes (increase of 1 in Northumberland)
High-risk contacts: 165, including 83 in Kawartha Lakes, 62 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton (net increase of 34)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 35, including 25 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (no change)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 56, including 47 in Kawartha Lakes and 9 in Northumberland (increase of 1 in Kawartha Lakes)
Resolved: 809, including 401 in Kawartha Lakes, 358 in Northumberland, 50 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Haliburton)
Tests completed: 130,248 (increase of 1,167)
Institutional outbreaks: Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope, Caressant Care McLaughlin Road long-term care home in Lindsay, Warkworth Place long-term care home in Warkworth, Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay (two outbreaks), Regency long-term care home in Port Hope, Hyland Crest long-term care home in Minden, Extendicare Cobourg long-term care home, Extendicare Cobourg Landmark retirement home, Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Cobourg Police (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 16 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.

***As of February 9, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports no patients are 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, including on weekends, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 376 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 10 (increase of 4)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 361 (no change)
Tests completed: 50,939 (increase of 47)
Vaccines administered: 1,096 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: Trent Valley Lodge long-term care home in Trenton (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 280,494 (increase of 1,022)
7-day average of new cases: 1,367 (increase of 40)
Resolved: 259,991 (increase of 1,388, 92.7% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 3.3% (decrease of 1.1%)
Hospitalized: 909 (increase of 8)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 318 (decrease of 17)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 223 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 6,555 (increase of 17)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,747 (increase of 7)
Total tests completed: 10,085,123 (increase of 30,798)
Tests under investigation: 33,273 (increase of 22,580)
Vaccination doses administered: 398,633 (increase of 12,462)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 115,529 (increase of 9,366)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 227 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 8); 3 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 2); 1 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 1)

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 9 - February 8, 2021. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 9 – February 8, 2021. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from January 9 - February 8, 2021. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from January 9 – February 8, 2021. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Ontario from January 9 - February 8, 2021. The red line is the daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of hospitalizations, the purple line is the daily number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and the dotted orange line is a five-day moving average of is a five-day moving average of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Ontario from January 9 – February 8, 2021. The red line is the daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of hospitalizations, the purple line is the daily number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and the dotted orange line is a five-day moving average of is a five-day moving average of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 deaths in Ontario from January 9 - February 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily deaths, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily deaths. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 deaths in Ontario from January 9 – February 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily deaths, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily deaths. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario from January 9 - February 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily doses administered, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily doses. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario from January 9 – February 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily doses administered, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily doses. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)

 

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.

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