Ontario reports 958 new COVID-19 cases, including 10 in greater Kawarthas region

Regional active cases at 109 with 4 new cases in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings Prince Edward, 1 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland

A laboratory worker completes a COVID-19 test

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 958 new cases, with the seven-day average of daily cases decreasing by 14 to 1,084. There are 10 new cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, for a total of 552, and no new cases of other variants of concern.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 10 new cases to report and an additional 11 cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region decreasing by 1 to 109.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (249) and Peel (164).

There are double-digit increases in York (92), Ottawa (57), Hamilton (47), Waterloo (46), Durham (41), Thunder Bay (30), Middlesex-London (28), Niagara (23), Sudbury (22), Windsor-Essex (21), Halton (20), Peterborough (18), Simcoe Muskoka (18), Brant (17), Eastern Ontario (13), and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (12), with a smaller increase in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (8).

The remaining 15 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 3 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s new cases, 57% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (370) among people ages 20-39 followed by 256 cases among people ages 40-59.

With 1,090 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.1% to 94.3%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.5% from yesterday to 2.4%, meaning that 24 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on March 2.

Ontario is reporting 17 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 2 new deaths in a long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 17 new daily deaths over the past week (an increase of 1 from yesterday).

Hospitalizations have decreased by 9 from yesterday to 668, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 10 from yesterday to 274, and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 1 from yesterday to 188.

A total of 52,613 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 12,065 to 43,139.

A total of 754,419 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 27,398 from yesterday, with 266,710 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 1,814 from yesterday, representing 1.81% of Ontario’s population.

There are 160 new cases in Ontario schools, a decrease of 102 from yesterday, including 138 student cases, 21 staff cases, and 1 case among an unidentified person. There are 25 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, a decrease of 16 from yesterday, with 16 cases among children and 9 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 10 new cases to report, including 4 in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings Prince Edward, 1 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland. There are no new cases in Haliburton.

In Peterborough, the total case count has increased by 6 since yesterday, but the health unit is reporting only 4 new cases in the last 24 hours. There are now 27 presumed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in Peterborough.

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

There are currently 109 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 1 from yesterday, including 63 in Peterborough, 22 in Hastings Prince Edward (1 in Quinte West, 16 in Belleville, 3 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 1 in Prince Edward County, and 1 in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory), 15 in Northumberland, and 9 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no active cases in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 676 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (604 resolved with 9 deaths), 538 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (487 resolved with 55 deaths), 444 in Northumberland County (418 resolved with 11 deaths), 51 in Haliburton County (51 resolved with no deaths), and 424 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (396 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: 676 (increase of 6)*
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 1 (no change)
Presumed variants of concern cases: 27 (increase of 9)
Active cases: 63 (increase of 1)
Close contacts: 241 (increase of 24)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 604 (increase of 5)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)**
Total tests completed: Over 43,750 (increase of 50)
Outbreaks: Empress Gardens retirement home, Severn Court Student Residence (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 1,136 (no change)

*While the total case count has increased by 6 since yesterday, the health unit is reporting 4 new cases in the last 24 hours.

**As of March 2, 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: 1,033, including 538 in Kawartha Lakes, 444 in Northumberland, and 51 in Haliburton (increase of 2, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)*
Cases with N501Y mutation: 14, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 12 in Northumberland (no change)**
Active cases: 24, including 9 in Kawartha Lakes and 15 in Northumberland (decrease of 3, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
High-risk contacts: 82, including 28 in Kawartha Lakes, 51 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: 956, including 487 in Kawartha Lakes, 418 in Northumberland, 51 in Haliburton (increase of 4, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 145,475 (increase of 1,110)
Outbreaks: Regency long-term care home in Port Hope (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.

**The N501Y mutation has been identified in variants of concern including the B.1.1.7 UK variant, the B.1.351 South Africa variant, and the P.1 Brazilian variant.

***This total includes an additional 2 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.

****As of March 3, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports no patients 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: 424 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 22 (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: 396 (increase of 2)
Tests completed: 66,292 (increase of 8)
Vaccines administered: 3,727 (increase of 1,541)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace in Central Hastings, unidentified workplace in Belleville (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 303,763 (increase of 958)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 552 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 10); 27 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (no change); 3 of P.1 Brazilian variant (no change)
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,084 (decrease of 14)
Resolved: 286,352 (increase of 1,090, 94.3% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 2.4% (decrease of 0.5%)
Hospitalizations: 668 (decrease of 9)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 274 (decrease of 10)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 188 (decrease of 1)
Deaths: 7,014 (increase of 17)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 17 (increase of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,869 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 11,163,548 (increase of 52,613)
Tests under investigation: 43,139 (increase of 12,065)
Vaccination doses administered: 754,419 (increase of 27,398)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 266,710 (increase of 1,814), 1.81% of Ontario’s population (est. 70-90% required for herd immunity)

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 31 - March 2, 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 31 – March 2, 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 31 - March 2, 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 31 – March 2, 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 31 - March 2, 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 31 – March 2, 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 31 - March 2, 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 31 – March 2, 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 31 - March 2, 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 31 – March 2, 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.