Ontario reports 1,138 new COVID-19 cases, including 57 more cases of variants of concern

Active cases in greater Kawarthas region unchanged at 80, with 3 new cases in Hastings Prince Edward, 3 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Peterborough, and 2 in Northumberland

COVID-19 tests in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 1,138 new cases, with the seven-day average of daily cases increasing by 15 to 1,099.

After no increases over the past few days, Ontario is reporting 54 new cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, for a total of 449, as well as 2 new cases of the B.1.351 South Africa variant (for a total of 11) and 1 new case of the P.1 Brazilian variant (for a total of 2).

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 11 new cases to report with an additional 11 cases resolved. The number of active cases across the region remains unchanged at 80.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (388), Peel (204), and York (106).

There are double-digit increases in Ottawa (64), Waterloo (56), Thunder Bay (44), Simcoe Muskoka (44), Halton (40), Hamilton (37), Windsor-Essex (33), Durham (28), Eastern Ontario (20), Brant (19), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (18), Niagara (12), and Southwestern (11), with smaller increases in Northwestern (9), Lambton (8), Sudbury (7), Huron Perth (6), and Middlesex-London (6).

The remaining 13 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 4 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s new cases, 55% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (422) among people ages 20-39, followed by 332 cases among people ages 40-59.

With 1,094 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases remains unchanged at 94.3%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.4% from yesterday to 2.0%, meaning that 20 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 24.

Ontario is reporting 23 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 4 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 20 new daily deaths over the past week, a decrease of 3 from yesterday.

Hospitalizations have increased by 12 from yesterday to 687, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 4 to 283, and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators remaining unchanged at 182.

A total of 66,351 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 612 to 40,639.

A total of 621,960 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 19,112 from yesterday, with 255,449 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 3,859 from yesterday, representing 1.73% of Ontario’s population. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.

There are 83 new cases in Ontario schools, a decrease of 29 from yesterday, including 70 student cases, 12 staff cases, and 1 case among unidentified individuals. There are 25 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, a decrease of 2 from yesterday, with 14 cases among children and 11 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 11 new cases to report, including 4 in Hastings Prince Edward, 3 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Peterborough, and 2 in Northumberland. There are no new cases to report in Haliburton.

An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Central Hastings was declared on February 24

An additional 11 cases have been resolved, including 5 in Peterborough, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward, 2 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland.

There are currently 80 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region (no net change from yesterday), including 31 in Peterborough, 21 in Northumberland, 15 in Hastings Prince Edward (2 in Quinte West, 7 in Belleville, 4 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 1 in Prince Edward County, 1 in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory), and 13 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no active cases in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 621 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (581 resolved with 9 deaths), 533 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (478 resolved with 55 deaths), 436 in Northumberland County (404 resolved with 11 deaths), 51 in Haliburton County (51 resolved with no deaths), and 406 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (385 resolved with 6 deaths). The most recent 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: 621 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 31 (decrease of 3)
Close contacts: 139 (decrease of 17)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 581 (increase of 5)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 43,300 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Buckhorn Day Care and Nursery School (no change)
Variants of concern cases: 1 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 1,136 (increase of 160)

*As of February 25, 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: 1,020, including 533 in Kawartha Lakes, 436 in Northumberland, and 51 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 34, including 13 in Kawartha Lakes and 21 in Northumberland (increase of 2, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 1 in Northumberland (no net change)
High-risk contacts: 139, including 65 in Kawartha Lakes, 68 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (net decrease of 18)**
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: 933, including 478 in Kawartha Lakes, 404 in Northumberland, 51 in Haliburton (increase of 3, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 141,582 (increase of 867)
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 5 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.

***As of February 25, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 1 patient hospitalized with COVID-19 (increase of 1).

 

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: 406 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 15 (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: 385 (increase of 3)
Tests completed: 60,866 (increase of 5)
Vaccines administered: 2,026 (increase of 80)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace in Central Hastings (increase of 1)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 297,311 (increase of 1,138)
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,099 (increase of 15)
Resolved: 280,324 (increase of 1,094, 94.3% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 2.0% (decrease of 0.4%)
Hospitalizations: 687 (increase of 12)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 283 (decrease of 4)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 182 (no change)
Deaths: 6,916 (increase of 23)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 20 (decrease of 3)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,864 (increase of 4)
Total tests completed: 10,872,503 (increase of 66,351)
Tests under investigation: 40,639 (decrease of 612)
Vaccination doses administered: 621,960 (increase of 19,112)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 255,449 (increase of 3,859), 1.73% of Ontario’s population (est. 70-90% required for herd immunity)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 449 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 54); 11 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 2); 2 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 1)

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 25 - February 24, 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 25 – February 24, 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 25 - February 24, 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 25 – February 24, 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 25 - February 24, 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 25 – February 24, 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 25 - February 24, 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 25 – February 24, 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 25 - February 24, 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 25 – February 24, 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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