Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 1,185 new cases today, with the seven-day average of daily cases increasing by 32 to 1,187.
There are 29 new cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, for a total of 908, with no new cases of other variants of concern.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 12 new cases to report and an additional 13 cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region increasing by 4 to 132.
Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (343), Peel (234), and York (105).
There are double-digit increases in Hamilton (81), Halton (48), Waterloo (46), Ottawa (45), Thunder Bay (39), Simcoe Muskoka (30), Windsor-Essex (30), Durham (25), Sudbury (24), Niagara (22), Middlesex-London (21), Lambton (14), Chatham-Kent (11), Eastern Ontario (10), and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (10), with smaller increases in Northwestern (9), Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (7), and Brant (6).
The remaining 13 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 3 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 61% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (475) among people ages 20-39 followed by 293 cases among people ages 40-59 and 250 cases among people 19 and younger.
With 972 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.1% at 94.1%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.3% from yesterday to 3.7%, meaning that 37 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on March 8.
Ontario is reporting 6 new COVID-19 deaths today and, for the second day in a row, no new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 12 new daily deaths over the past week, a decrease of 1 from yesterday.
Hospitalizations have increased by 63 from yesterday to 689, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs increasing by 8 to 290 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators remaining unchanged at 184.
A total of 33,264 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 15,954 to 29,845.
A total of 943,533 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 31,047 from yesterday, with 276,193 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 2,517 from yesterday, representing 1.87% of Ontario’s population.
There are 263 new cases in Ontario schools, an increase of 168 from yesterday, including 209 student cases, 45 staff cases, and 9 cases among unidentified people. There are 59 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, an increase of 25 from yesterday, with 39 cases among children and 20 cases among staff. These are two-day totals, including the number of cases reported on Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 20 new cases to report, including 14 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, 2 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no new cases in Haliburton.
There are now 87 presumed cases of variants of concern in Peterborough, an increase of 7 since yesterday.
An additional 17 cases have been resolved, including 13 in Peterborough, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 in Northumberland.
There are currently 132 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 4 from yesterday, including 86 in Peterborough, 17 in Northumberland, 15 in Kawartha Lakes, and 14 in Hastings Prince Edward (10 in Belleville, 2 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, and 2 in Prince Edward County). There are no active cases in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 737 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (642 resolved with 9 deaths), 551 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (494 resolved with 55 deaths), 457 in Northumberland County (429 resolved with 11 deaths), 51 in Haliburton County (50 resolved with 1 death), and 431 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (411 resolved with 6 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Haliburton on March 4.
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: 737 (increase of 15)*
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 1 (no change)
Presumed variants of concern cases: 87 (increase of 9)
Active cases: 86 (increase of 2)
Close contacts: 226 (decrease of 38)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 642 (increase of 13)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 25 (no change)**
Total tests completed: Over 44,400 (increase of 50)
Outbreaks: Severn Court Student Residence, Trent Champlain College residence, Regency retirement home in Lakefield (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 5,927 (no change, last updated March 4)
*The health unit is reporting 14 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total case count has increased by 15 as an additional case was added to a previous day.
**As of March 8, 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: 1,059, including 551 in Kawartha Lakes, 457 in Northumberland, and 51 in Haliburton (increase of 4, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland)*
Cases with N501Y mutation: 15, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 13 in Northumberland (decrease of 1 in Northumberland)**
Active cases: 32, including 15 in Kawartha Lakes and 17 in Northumberland (increase of 3, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
High-risk contacts: 176, including 82 in Kawartha Lakes, 44 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton (net increase of 39)***
Hospitalizations (total to date): 47, including 27 in Kawartha Lakes, 17 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (no change)****
Deaths (including among probable cases): 67, including 55 in Kawartha Lakes, 11 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 973, including 494 in Kawartha Lakes, 429 in Northumberland, 50 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in NOrthumberland)
Tests completed: 149,199 (increase of 1,074)
Outbreaks: CrossFit Lindsay (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 9, 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: 431 (increase of 2)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 4 (no change)
Active cases: 14 (decrease 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: 411 (increase of 3)
Tests completed: 71,395 (increase of 152)
Vaccine doses administered: 8,522 (increase of 547)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace in Central Hastings, unidentified workplace in Belleville (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 311,112 (increase of 1,185)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 908 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 29); 39 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (no change); 17 of P.1 Brazilian variant (no change)
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,187 (increase of 32)
Resolved: 292,806 (increase of 972), 94.1% of all cases
Positivity rate: 3.7% (increase of 0.3%)
Hospitalizations: 689 (increase of 63)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 290 (increase of 8)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 184 (no change)
Deaths: 7,083 (increase of 6)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 12 (decrease of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,876 (no change)
Total tests completed: 11,469,681 (increase of 33,264)
Tests under investigation: 29,845 (increase of 15,954)
Vaccination doses administered: 943,533 (increase of 31,047)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 276,193 (increase of 2,517), 1.87% of Ontario’s population (est. 70-90% required for herd immunity)
For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.