Ontario reports 1,054 new COVID-19 cases, including 14 in greater Kawarthas region

Regional active cases fall to 80 with 6 new cases in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings Prince Edward, 3 in Northumberland, and 2 in Kawartha Lakes

A swab test bring completed on a patient. (Stock photo)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 1,054 new cases, including 5 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant for a total of 395. The seven-day average of daily cases in Ontario has increased by 29 to 1,084.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 14 new cases to report with an additional 15 cases resolved. The number of active cases across the region has decreased by 1 to 80.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (363) and Peel (186).

There are double-digit increases in York (94), Simcoe Muskoka (53), Windsor-Essex (50), Thunder Bay (45), Waterloo (44), Ottawa (40), Hamilton (38), Durham (35), Halton (26), Niagara (13), and Middlesex-London (10), with smaller increases in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (9), Sudbury (8), Brant (7), and Eastern Ontario (6).

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

Of today’s new cases, 56% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (401) among people ages 20-39, followed by 322 cases among people ages 40-59.

With 1,291 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.1% at 94.3%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 1.8% from yesterday to 2.4%, meaning that 24 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 23.

Ontario is reporting 9 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 2 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 23 new daily deaths over the past week, a decrease of 1 from yesterday.

Hospitalizations have decreased by 43 from yesterday to 675, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs increasing by 4 to 287, and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 4 to 182.

A total of 54,852 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 12,449 to 41,251.

A total of 602,848 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 17,141 from yesterday, with 251,590 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 4,548 from yesterday, representing 1.71% of Ontario’s population. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.

There are 112 new cases in Ontario schools, a decrease of 63 from yesterday, including 89 student cases, 18 staff cases, and 5 cases among unidentified individuals. There are 27 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, a decrease of 16 from yesterday, with 19 cases among children and 8 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 14 new cases to report, including 5 in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings Prince Edward, 3 in Northumberland, and 2 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no new cases to report in Haliburton.

An additional 15 cases have been resolved, including 6 in Peterborough, 5 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 in Haliburton.

There are currently 80 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 1 from yesterday, including 34 in Peterborough, 20 in Northumberland, 14 in Hastings Prince Edward (2 in Quinte West, 8 in Belleville, and 4 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto), and 12 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no active cases in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 619 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (576 resolved with 9 deaths), 530 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (476 resolved with 55 deaths), 434 in Northumberland County (403 resolved with 11 deaths), 51 in Haliburton County (51 resolved with no deaths), and 402 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (382 resolved with 6 deaths). The most 2 recent 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: 619 (increase of 5)
Active cases: 34 (decrease of 1)
Close contacts: 156 (decrease of 81)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 576 (increase of 6)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 43,200 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School (no change)
Variants of concern cases: 1 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 976 (as of February 19)

*As of February 24, 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).

 

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: 1,015, including 530 in Kawartha Lakes, 434 in Northumberland, and 51 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 32, including 12 in Kawartha Lakes and 20 in Northumberland (net decrease of 1)
Probable cases: 1 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
High-risk contacts: 157, including 77 in Kawartha Lakes, 71 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (increase of 4 in Northumberland)**
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 (no change)
Resolved: 930, including 476 in Kawartha Lakes, 403 in Northumberland, 51 in Haliburton (increase of 6, including 5 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Haliburton)
Tests completed: 140,715 (increase of 1,309)
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 24, 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: 402 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 14 (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: 382 (increase of 3)
Tests completed: 60,861 (increase of 19)
Vaccines administered: 1,946 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 296,173 (increase of 1,054)
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,084 (increase of 29)
Resolved: 279,230 (increase of 1,291, 94.3% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 2.4% (decrease of 1.8%)
Hospitalizations: 675 (decrease of 43)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 287 (increase of 4)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 182 (decrease of 4)
Deaths: 6,893 (increase of 9)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 23 (decrease of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,860 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 10,806,152 (increase of 54,852)
Tests under investigation: 41,251 (increase of 12,449)
Vaccination doses administered: 602,848 (increase of 17,141)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 251,590 (increase of 4,548), 1.71% of Ontario’s population (est. 70-90% required for herd immunity)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 395 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 5); 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 24 - February 23, 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 24 – February 23, 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 24 - February 23, 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 24 – February 23, 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 24 - February 23, 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 24 – February 23, 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 24 - February 23, 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 24 – February 23, 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 24 - February 23, 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 24 – February 23, 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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