Ontario sees 1,138 new COVID-19 cases as number of active infections climbs for 1st time in weeks

Ontario reported another 1,138 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as the number of active infections provincewide increased for the first time in more than six weeks.

The upward climb was small — there were just 21 more active cases total yesterday than the day before (10,071 compared to 10,050) — but it could be notable, given that until now infections marked as resolved have outpaced newly confirmed cases every day since Jan. 12.

The new cases in today’s update include 339 in Toronto, 204 in Peel Region and 106 in York Region.

Thunder Bay also saw another 44 cases. The local medical officer of health in the unit told CBC News this morning that residents should prepare to go back into the grey lockdown phase of the province’s COVID-19 restrictions system. Thunder Bay is currently in the red “control” tier.

Other public health units that logged double-digit increases were:

  • Ottawa: 64
  • Waterloo Region: 56
  • Simcoe Muskoka: 44
  • Halton Region: 40
  • Hamilton: 37
  • Windsor-Essex: 33
  • Durham Region: 28
  • Eastern Ontario: 20
  • Brant County: 19
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 18
  • Niagara Region: 12
  • Southwestern: 11

(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 on a given day, because local units report figures at different times.)

The seven-day average of new daily cases in Ontario increased for a fifth straight day to 1,099.

Meanwhile, health officials will release new COVID-19 projections for the province later today.

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of Ontario’s science advisory group, will present the data in an afternoon news conference scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET. 

Two weeks ago, Brown said projections indicated more contagious variants of COVID-19 are spreading in the province.

He said at the time that they accounted for five to 10 per cent of all cases.

Brown said strong public health measures, like a stay-at-home order, and vaccination of vulnerable groups were important to help avoid a third wave.

More to come.

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