Ontario reports 1,829 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count in nearly two months
The seven-day average is up to 1,532 cases daily, or 74 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 12.1 daily.
Ontario has administered 60,283 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 1,480,882 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 297,134 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses.
The province says 52,083 COVID-19 tests were completed the previous day, the lowest Saturday testing volume since Dec. 26, and a 3.6 per cent positivity rate.
There are 765 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 302 patients in intensive care. There are 189 people on ventilators.
Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 593 cases are in Toronto, 287 in Peel Region and 157 in York Region.
Meanwhile, the province is reporting that there were no new deaths in long-term care so the number of long-term-care residents who have died stays the same at 3,753.
Ontario is reporting no more long-term-care homes in outbreak, for a total of 52 or 8.3 per cent of LTC homes in the province.
This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.
There are 1,230 confirmed cases in Ontario of the highly contagious variant first detected in the U.K., an increase of 55 from the previous day.
There are 47 cases in Ontario of the variant first detected in South Africa, with one less reported than the previous day.
There are 35 cases of the variant first found in Brazil, with no change from the previous day.
The latest numbers come as Ontario has loosened COVID-19 restrictions for Toronto, Peel Region and other “grey” lockdown areas from Saturday, allowing for outdoor dining with members of the same household.
Rhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org