Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Today, Ontario is reporting 847 new cases, including 29 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, with the seven-day average of daily new cases decreasing by 35 to 1,002.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 12 new cases to report and 12 additional cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region remaining unchanged at 91.
Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (257), Peel (170), and York (131).
There are double-digit increases in Ottawa (53), Windsor-Essex (44), Durham (30), Hamilton (29), Simcoe Muskoka (26), Waterloo (18), Halton (12), Brant (11), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (11), Thunder Bay (10), and Niagara (10), with smaller increases in Peterborough (6).
The remaining 19 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 7 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 53% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (314) among people ages 20-39, followed by 255 cases among people ages 40-59.
With 1,456 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.3% to 93.9%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.6% from yesterday to 3.0%, meaning that 30 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 16.
Ontario is reporting 10 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 4 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 19 new daily deaths over the past week.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 23 from yesterday to 719, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs increasing by 6 to 298 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators increasing by 10 to 211.
A total of 33,977 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 18,706 to 33,730.
A total of 489,484 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 9,107 from yesterday, with 195,366 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 8,432 from yesterday, representing 1.33% of Ontario’s population.
There are 75 new cases in Ontario schools, an increase of 52 from yesterday, including 71 student cases and 4 staff cases. There are 53 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, an increase of 31 from yesterday, with 34 cases among children and 19 cases among staff.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 12 new cases to report, including 6 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, 2 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no new cases in Haliburton.
An outbreak at Warkworth Place in Warkworth was declared on February 16. An outbreak at Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School was declared on February 16, based on one child case and one staff case
An additional 12 cases have been resolved, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes, 4 in Northumberland, 2 in Peterborough, and 2 in Hastings Prince Edward.
There are currently 91 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region (no net change from yesterday), including 35 in Peterborough, 25 in Kawartha Lakes, 19 in Northumberland, 11 in Hastings Prince Edward (1 in Quinte West, 3 in Belleville, 2 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 2 in Prince Edward County, 2 in Tyendinga Mohawk Territory, 1 in Central Hastings), and 1 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 594 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (550 resolved with 9 deaths), 516 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (453 resolved with 51 deaths), 415 in Northumberland County (385 resolved with 11 deaths), 51 in Haliburton County (50 resolved with no deaths), and 389 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (373 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent two deaths were reported in Northumberland on February 16.
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: 594 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 35 (increase of 4)
Close contacts: 225 (increase of 20)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 550 (increase of 2)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 42,550 (increase of 50)
Outbreaks: Peterborough Retirement Residence, Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School (no change)**
Vaccine doses administered: 976 (as of February 12)
*As of February 17, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 4 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (an increase of 1) and 17 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change).
**An outbreak at Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School was declared on February 16, based on one child case and one staff case.
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: 982, including 516 in Kawartha Lakes, 415 in Northumberland, and 51 in Haliburton (increase of 4, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 45, including 25 in Kawartha Lakes, 19 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (decrease of 4, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 4, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland (net decrease of 1)
High-risk contacts: 286, including 139 in Kawartha Lakes, 119 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (net increase of 2)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 39, including 26 in Kawartha Lakes, 11 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (no change)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 62, including 51 in Kawartha Lakes and 11 in Northumberland (no change)
Resolved: 888, including 453 in Kawartha Lakes, 385 in Northumberland, 50 in Haliburton (increase of 8, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 136,252 (increase of 1,106)
Institutional outbreaks: Caressant Care McLaughlin Road long-term care home in Lindsay, Regency long-term care home in Port Hope, Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Extendicare Cobourg long-term care home, Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Cobourg Police, Warkworth Place in Warkworth (increase of 1)****
*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 26 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.
***As of February 17, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 2 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change).
****An outbreak at Warkworth Place in Warkworth was declared on February 16.
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: 389 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 11 (no net change)
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: 373 (increase of 2)
Tests completed: 57,142 (increase of 1,787)
Vaccines administered: 1,483 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 288,583 (increase of 847)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,002 (decrease of 35)
Resolved: 270,869 (increase of 1,456, 93.9% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 3.0% (increase of 0.6%)
Hospitalizations: 719 (decrease of 23)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 298 (increase of 6)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 211 (increase of 10)
Deaths: 6,729 (increase of 10)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 19 (decrease of 5)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,807 (increase of 4)
Total tests completed: 10,467,249 (increase of 33,977)
Tests under investigation: 33,730 (increase of 18,706)
Vaccination doses administered: 489,484 (increase of 9,107)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 195,366 (increase of 8,432), 1.33% of Ontario’s population
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 338 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 29); 6 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (decrease of 3); 1 of P.1 Brazilian variant (no change)
*As part of continued data quality checks and remediation activities following Toronto Public Health’s migration to to the province’s Case and Contact Management System, case counts may fluctuate.
For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.