Ontario reports 975 new COVID-19 cases, including 7 in greater Kawarthas region

Two new deaths in Kawartha Lakes, regional active cases drop to 81 with 3 new cases in Peterborough, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 in Northumberland

Lab analysis of a nasal swab for COVID-19. (Stock photo)

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

For the first time since February 17, Ontario is reporting fewer than 1,000 daily new cases. The 975 new cases include no new cases of any of the COVID-19 variants of concern, although Peterborough has today reported its first confirmed case of the B.1.1.7 UK variant. The seven-day average of daily cases in Ontario has increased by 10 to 1,055.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 7 new cases to report with an additional 20 cases resolved. The number of active cases across the region has decreased by 15 to 81. There are 2 new COVID-related deaths in Kawartha Lakes.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (343) and Peel (186).

There are double-digit increases in York (89), Simcoe Muskoka (48), Waterloo (40), Thunder Bay (37), Durham (35), Hamilton (35), Windsor-Essex (32), Halton (27), Niagara (21), Ottawa (18), Middlesex-London (17), and Lambton (11), with smaller increases in Brant (8), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (8), and Southwestern (6).

The remaining 17 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 9 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s new cases, 54% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (365) among people ages 20-39, followed by 278 cases among people ages 40-59.

With 1,002 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases remains unchanged at 94.2%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.9% from yesterday to 4.2%, meaning that 42 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 22.

Ontario is reporting 12 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 1 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 24 new daily deaths over the past week.

Hospitalizations have increased by 72 from yesterday to 718, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs increasing by 3 to 283, and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 3 to 186.

A total of 25,979 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 16,919 to 28,802.

A total of 585,707 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 16,252 from yesterday, with 247,042 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 6,373 from yesterday, representing 1.68% of Ontario’s population.

There are 175 new cases in Ontario schools, an increase of 120 from yesterday, including 149 student cases and 22 staff cases. There are 43 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, an increase of 28 from yesterday, with 29 cases among children and 14 cases among staff. These numbers include cases reported on Friday and Monday.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 7 new cases to report, including 3 in Peterborough, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward, 1 in Northumberland. There are no new cases to report in Kawartha Lakes or Haliburton.

In Peterborough, the number of active cases related to the outbreak at Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School has increased to 15. Peterborough has also reported its first confirmed case of the B.1.1.7 UK variant.

There are 2 new COVID-related deaths to report in Kawartha Lakes.

An additional 20 cases have been resolved, including 9 in Peterborough, 6 in Northumberland, 3 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Hastings Prince Edward.

There are currently 81 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 15 from yesterday, including 35 in Peterborough, 17 in Northumberland, 15 in Kawartha Lakes, 13 in Hastings Prince Edward (2 in Quinte West, 8 in Belleville, 1 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 1 in Prince Edward County, 1 in Central Hastings), and 1 in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 614 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (570 resolved with 9 deaths), 528 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (471 resolved with 55 deaths), 431 in Northumberland County (403 resolved with 11 deaths), 51 in Haliburton County (50 resolved with no deaths), and 398 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (379 resolved with 6 deaths). The most 2 deaths were reported in Kawartha Lakes on February 23.

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: 614 (increase of 3)
Active cases: 35 (decrease of 6)
Close contacts: 237 (decrease of 5)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 570 (increase of 9)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 43,100 (no change)
Outbreaks: Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School (no change)**
Vaccine doses administered: 976 (as of February 19)

*As of February 23, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting fewer than 5 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change) and 17 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change).

**As of February 23, there are 15 active cases related to the outbreak at Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School.

 

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: 1,010, including 528 in Kawartha Lakes, 431 in Northumberland, and 51 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 33, including 15 in Kawartha Lakes, 17 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (decrease of 10, including 5 in Kawartha Lakes and 5 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 1 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
High-risk contacts: 153, including 77 in Kawartha Lakes, 67 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (net decrease of 1)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 44, including 27 in Kawartha Lakes, 15 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (no change)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 66, including 55 in Kawartha Lakes and 11 in Northumberland (increase of 2 in Kawartha Lakes)
Resolved: 924, including 471 in Kawartha Lakes, 403 in Northumberland, 50 in Haliburton (increase of 9, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 6 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 139,406 (increase of 543)
Institutional outbreaks: Caressant Care McLaughlin Road long-term care home in Lindsay, Regency long-term care home in Port Hope, Warkworth Place in Warkworth (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 8 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.

***As of February 23, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports no patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change).

 

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: 398 (increase of 3)
Active cases: 13 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 6 (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: 379 (increase of 2)
Tests completed: 60,842 (increase of 33)
Vaccines administered: 1,946 (increase of 96)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 295,119 (increase of 975)
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,055 (increase of 10)
Resolved: 277,939 (increase of 1,002, 94.2% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 4.2% (increase of 0.9%)
Hospitalizations: 718 (increase of 72)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 283 (increase of 3)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 186 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 6,884 (increase of 12)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 24 (no change)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,858 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 10,751,300 (increase of 25,979)
Tests under investigation: 28,802 (increase of 16,919)
Vaccination doses administered: 585,707 (increase of 16,252)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 247,042 (increase of 6,373), 1.68% of Ontario’s population
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 390 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (no change); 9 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (no change); 1 of P.1 Brazilian variant (no change)

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 23 - February 22, 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 23 – February 22, 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 23 - February 22, 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 23 – February 22, 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 23 - February 22, 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 23 – February 22, 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 23 - February 22, 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 23 – February 22, 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 23 - February 22, 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 23 – February 22, 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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