With 1,489 new COVID-19 cases, province expected to announce loosened restrictions on Monday

Ontario premier Doug Ford, after visiting a COVID-19 testing facility for arriving passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport, commented that an announcement is expected on February 8, 2021 on the easing of public health restrictions in the province, except in “hot zones”. (CPAC screenshot)

Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.

On the eve of an expected government announcement loosening restrictions for some regions of the province, Ontario is reporting 1,489 new cases today.

“We’ll have an announcement, probably on Monday,” Ford said following a media conference last Wednesday (February 3). “Our goal is to open up the economy safely. I know a couple of hot zones might be a week later.”

The 1,489 new cases include 10 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant and no new cases the B.1.351 South Africa variant. The seven-day average of daily cases has decreased by 51 to 1,428.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there 1 new case to report and 4 additional cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region decreasing by 3 to 103. However, these numbers exclude updates from Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton as the health unit does not provide reports on Sundays.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (517), Peel (261), and York (121).

There are double-digit increases in Hamilton (88), Halton (61), Ottawa (57), Waterloo (54), Durham (50), Simcoe Muskoka (43), Niagara (35), Middlesex-London (27), Thunder Bay (25), Brant (21), Windsor-Essex (20), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (18), Chatham-Kent (17), Lambton (14), Southwestern (12), and Sudbury (10), with a smaller increase in Northwestern (9).

The remaining 14 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 2 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s new cases, 52% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (561) among people ages 20-39, followed by 451 cases among people ages 40-59 and 218 cases among people 19 and younger.

With 1,937 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to 92.3%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.2% to 2.8%, meaning that 28 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 6.

Ontario is reporting 22 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 13 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 45 new daily deaths over the past week.

Hospitalizations have decreased by 95 from yesterday to 926, but this number does include data from more than 10% of hospitals, so the number of hospitalized patients may be higher. The number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs has increased by 10 to 335 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators has increased by 5 to 233.

A total of 51,658 tests were completed yesterday, pushing the number of tests completed in Ontario since the pandemic began to over 10 million. The backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 25,022 to 16,539.

A total of 379,184 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 6,518 from yesterday, with 101,744 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 5,171 from yesterday.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there 1 one new case to report, in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases in Peterborough. Reports are unavailable on Sundays for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton; updated numbers will be provided on February 8.

An additional 4 cases have been resolved, in Peterborough.

There are currently 103 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 3 from yesterday, including 59 in Kawartha Lakes, 22 in Peterborough, 15 in Northumberland, 5 in Hastings Prince Edward (2 in Quinte West and 3 in Belleville) and 2 in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 559 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (528 resolved with 9 deaths), 481 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (389 resolved with 46 deaths), 381 in Northumberland County (357 resolved with 9 deaths), 50 in Haliburton County (48 resolved with no deaths), and 371 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (361 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Kawartha Lakes on February 4.

The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 12 p.m. the previous day. Data from local health units is more current and is usually reflected in the provincial data the following day. There may be discrepancies between the Ontario data reported today (which is from yesterday) and the local health unit data reported today (which is from today).

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Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health’s service area is the City and County of Peterborough and the Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.

The health unit provides daily reports, including on weekends, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 559 (no change)
Active cases: 22 (decrease of 4)
Close contacts: 56 (decrease of 4)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 528 (increase of 4)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 42,000 (increase of 50)
Outbreaks: Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough Retirement Residence (no change)

*As of February 5, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 4 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 14 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive.

 

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s service area is the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, and Haliburton County.

The health unit provides reports from Monday to Saturday, excluding Sundays and statutory holidays. These numbers are from February 6.

Confirmed positive: 912, including 481 in Kawartha Lakes, 381 in Northumberland, and 50 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 76, including 59 in Kawartha Lakes, 15 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (decrease of 1 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 1 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
High-risk contacts: 141, including 84 in Kawartha Lakes, 35 in Northumberland, and 13 in Haliburton (net increase of 13)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 35, including 25 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (no change)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 55, including 46 in Kawartha Lakes and 9 in Northumberland (no change)
Resolved: 794, including 389 in Kawartha Lakes, 357 in Northumberland, 48 in Haliburton (increase of 6, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 128,570 (increase of 572)
Institutional outbreaks: Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope, Caressant Care McLaughlin Road long-term care home in Lindsay, Warkworth Place long-term care home in Warkworth, Caressant Care Mary Street retirement home in Lindsay, Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay (two outbreaks), Regency long-term care home in Port Hope, Hyland Crest long-term care home in Minden, Extendicare Cobourg long-term care home, Extendicare Cobourg Landmark retirement home (decrease of 1)****

*The health unit states that total counts and counts for individual counties may fluctuate from previously reported counts as cases are transferred to or from the health unit based on case investigation details and routine data cleaning.

**This total includes an additional 9 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.

***As of February 5, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 1 patient hospitalized with COVID-19.

****The outbreak at Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg was declared resolved on February 5.

 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s service area is Hastings County (including Bancroft) and Prince Edward County.

The health unit provides daily reports, including on weekends, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 371 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 5 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 361 (no change)
Tests completed: 50,676 (increase of 4,012)
Vaccines administered: 1,096 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: Trent Valley Lodge long-term care home in Trenton (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 278,207 (increase of 1,489)
7-day average of new cases: 1,428 (decrease of 51)
Resolved: 256,903 (increase of 1,937, 92.3% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 2.8% (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalized: 926 (decrease of 95)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 335 (increase of 10)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 233 (increase of 5)
Deaths: 6,505 (increase of 22)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,732 (increase of 13)
Total tests completed: 10,026,022 (increase of 51,658)
Tests under investigation: 16,539 (decrease of 25,022)
Vaccination doses administered: 379,184 (increase of 6,518)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 101,744 (increase of 5,171)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 174 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 10); 1 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (no change)

*More than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for this report, so the number of hospitalized patients may be higher.

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 7 - February 6, 2021. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 7 – February 6, 2021. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from January 7 - February 6, 2021. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from January 7 – February 6, 2021. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Ontario from January 7 - February 6, 2021. The red line is the daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of hospitalizations, the purple line is the daily number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and the dotted orange line is a five-day moving average of is a five-day moving average of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Ontario from January 7 – February 6, 2021. The red line is the daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of hospitalizations, the purple line is the daily number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and the dotted orange line is a five-day moving average of is a five-day moving average of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 deaths in Ontario from January 7 - February 6, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily deaths, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily deaths. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)COVID-19 deaths in Ontario from January 7 – February 6, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily deaths, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily deaths. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario from January 7 - February 6, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily doses administered, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily doses. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario from January 7 – February 6, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily doses administered, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of daily doses. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)

 

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.

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