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Ontario reports 934 new COVID cases today

The province is also reporting 10 new COVID-related deaths
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Public Health Ontario has reported 934 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario today, as well as 820 recoveries and 10 deaths. 

Of the 10 deaths reported today, five were individuals between 60 and 74 years old and five were individuals over the age of 80. Five of the people who died were residents of long-term care homes. 

There have been an additional 31 people hospitalized with COVID-19 since yesterday's report, and five COVID-19 patients have been admitted to intensive care units. 

Of today's cases, 348 were reported in the 20 to 39 year olds age group and 279 cases were reported among individuals 40 to 59 years old. 

According to a breakdown of cases provided by Public Health Ontario, of the 934 new cases reported today, 79 per cent came from the four hotspot regions. Toronto reported 420 cases, Peel reported 169 cases, York reported 95 cases, and Ottawa reported 58 new cases. Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa have been under mofidified Stage 2 restrictions since Thanksgiving weekend. York has been under the same restrictions since Oct. 19.

The province reported 99 new school-related cases today, including 55 student cases, nine staff cases, and 35 unidentified cases. There have been 2,098 school-related cases reported at 581 schools since the start of September and 923 of those cases have been reported in the last 14 days. There are no schools closed because of COVID. 

Ontario has now started reporting a breakdown of cases confirmed in school-age children. Since Aug. 30, there have been 866 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in children aged 4 to 8 years old, 1,089 cases in children aged 9 to 13 years old, and 1,171 cases in children aged 14 to 17 years old.

Public Health Ontario has also confirmed 16 new cases in childcare settings. 

The province has now processed results for more than 5 million COVID-19 tests with 35,621 tests processed since yesterday's report and another 40,074 tests awaiting results. 

As of yesterday, when the province reported 834 new cases, the per cent positivity rate in Ontario was three per cent, meaning three per cent of all people tested for COVID-19 test positive. 

Of the 7,578 active, lab-confirmed cases in the province, 322 people are currently hospitalized. There are 77 COVID patients in intensive care units across Ontario, and 52 of those patients are on ventilators. 

The province's public health agency has now confirmed 73,819 cases of COVID-19 since January, and has reported 63,123 recoveries and 3,118 deaths.

The breakdown for the Northern Ontario health units, at the time of today’s provincial update, is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 43 cases, rate of 37.6 per 100,000 population. There are three known active cases.

  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 46 cases, rate of 35.5 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 47 cases. There is one known active case.

  • Porcupine Health Unit: 96, rate of 115.1 per 100,000 population. There are six known active cases. 

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 124 cases, rate of 62.3 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 125 cases. There are 12 known active cases. 

  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 17 cases, rate of 52 per 100,000. There are no known active cases. 

  • Northwestern Health Unit: 73 cases, rate of 83.3 per 100,000. The health unit has also reported two probable cases. There are three known active cases.

  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 115 cases, rate of 76.7 per 100,000. There are four known active cases. 

The Ontario rate of infection is 496.6.


Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor. She has 12 years of experience as a local journalist.
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