Ontario reports 1,740 new COVID-19 cases — the fewest since mid-December

Ontario reported another 1,740 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday — the fewest on a single day since mid-December — and 63 more deaths of people with the illness.

The new cases include 677 in Toronto, 320 in Peel Region and 144 in York Region. 

They come as the province’s network of labs processed just 30,717 test samples for the virus. That’s the fewest number of tests since Nov. 17, 2020. Collectively, the labs logged a test positivity rate of 5.9 per cent. 

Other public health units that saw double-digit increases in cases were:

  • Waterloo Region: 77
  • Windsor-Essex: 59
  • Hamilton: 59
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 55
  • Durham Region: 51
  • Niagara Region: 49
  • Halton Region: 49
  • Simcoe Muskoka: 36
  • Middlesex-London: 34
  • Ottawa: 32
  • Eastern Ontario: 18
  • Southwestern: 13
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge: 12
  • Sudbury: 12

(Note: All of the figures used in this story are found on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard or in its Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any region may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit, because local units report figures at different times.)

The seven-day average of new daily cases continued its steady decline down to 2,346, from its peak at 3,555 on Jan. 11. 

Another 2,261 cases were logged as resolved in today’s update. There are now 23,036 confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, down from a high of more than 30,000 earlier this month. 

There were 1,466 people with COVID-19 in hospitals, 68 more than the previous day. Of those, 383 were being treated in intensive care and 298 required a ventilator to breathe.

The 63 additional deaths pushed Ontario’s official death toll to 5,909.

Forty-three of the deaths were residents in long-term care. As of yesterday, there were 246 long-term care homes, or about 39 per cent of the province’s 626 facilities, with ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the province said another 9,707 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Monday, bringing the number of shots given out so far to 295,817. A total of 83,285 people have received both doses of a vaccine. 

The first shipment of vaccine is scheduled to arrive in one of 31 fly-in First Nations communities today as part of Ontario’s Operation Remote Immunity.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says that the ORNGE air ambulance service will be delivering and administering the Moderna vaccine to Weenusk First Nation.

Weenusk is a largely Cree community of approximately 500 people in the Hudson Bay region of northern Ontario.

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