Ontario reports 1,300 coronavirus cases, 19 deaths

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Ontario reported 1,300 cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 284,887.

“Locally, there are 433 new cases in Toronto, 253 in Peel and 116 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

A total of 265,893 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is up by 1,434 and is 93.3 per cent of all confirmed cases.

Nineteen additional deaths were also reported on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 6,651.

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Nearly 58,800 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 10,327,211 tests and 32,143 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 2.3 per cent, which is up slightly from Friday’s report, when it was 2.2 per cent, but down from last Saturday’s report, when it was 2.6 per cent.

There have been 297 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K., as well as three of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa, and one case of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil.

Provincial figures showed there are 786 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 23), with 287 in intensive care (down by eight), 203 of whom are on a ventilator (down by one).

Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

  • 139,617 people are male
  • 143,732 people are female
  • 37,337 people are 19 and under
  • 104,161 people are 20 to 39
  • 82,417 people are 40 to 59
  • 41,203 people are 60 to 79
  • 19,709 people are 80 and over

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,711 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of five. There are currently 174 outbreaks in long-term care homes, 105 of which are reported to have no resident cases.

There are 294 active cases among long-term care residents and 437 among staff.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, 456,947 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario, which is up by 14,506. So far, 164,307 people have received both required doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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