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Ontario reports 1,670 new COVID-19 cases, including 4 in greater Kawarthas region


COVID-19 tests in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 1,670 new cases, with 2 new 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 24 to 1,576.

The total case count for today includes 125 additional cases from Toronto Public Health that were not fully migrated during the transition to Ontario’s Case and Contact Management system. Excluding these cases, today’s actual case count is 1,545.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 4 new cases to report and 10 additional cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region decreasing by 3 to 107.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (667), Peel (317), York (125), and Halton (100).

There are double-digit increases in Waterloo (64), Ottawa (46), Durham (46), Hamilton (45), Simcoe Muskoka (43), Niagara (41), Windsor-Essex (28), Middlesex-London (26), Brant (20), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (19), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (17), Southwestern (16), and Eastern Ontario (11), with smaller increases in Chatham-Kent (8) and Haldimand-Norfolk.

The remaining 16 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 5 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s new cases, 51% are among people 40 and older, with the highest number of cases (663) among people ages 20-39, followed by 512 cases among people ages 40-59 and 259 cases among people 60-79.

With 2,233 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.3% to 92.0%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.1% to 2.5%, meaning that 25 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on February 4.

Ontario is reporting 45 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 14 in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 52 new daily deaths over the past week.

Hospitalizations have decreased by 58 from yesterday to 1,043, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs increasing by 2 to 325 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 16 to 225.

A total of 62,710 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 5,721 to 41,561.

A total of 362,749 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 7,694 from yesterday, with 87,831 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 6,854 from yesterday.

There are 2 new cases in Ontario schools, a decrease of 7 from yesterday, including 1 student case and 1 case among an unidentified person. There are 22 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, a decrease of 3 from yesterday, with 13 cases among children and 9 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 4 new cases to report, including 2 in Northumberland, 1 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases in Peterborough or Haliburton.

There is 1 new hospitalization in Kawartha Lakes.

An additional 10 cases have been resolved, including 4 in Peterborough, 4 in Kawartha Lakes, 1 in Northumberland, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward.

There are currently 107 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 3 from yesterday, including 59 in Kawartha Lakes, 27 in Peterborough, 16 in Northumberland, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward (1 in Quinte West and 2 in Belleville) and 2 in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 556 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (20 resolved with 9 deaths), 477 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (386 resolved with 46 deaths), 380 in Northumberland County (355 resolved with 9 deaths), 50 in Haliburton County (48 resolved with no deaths), and 369 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: 556 (no change)
Active cases: 27 (decrease of 4)
Close contacts: 58 (decrease of 6)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Resolved: 520 (increase of 4)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 24 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 41,850 (increase of 100)
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 (an decrease of 1 from yesterday) and 14 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change from yesterday).

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 statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 907, including 477 in Kawartha Lakes, 380 in Northumberland, and 50 in Haliburton (increase of 3, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 77, including 59 in Kawartha Lakes, 16 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 1 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
High-risk contacts: 108, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 33 in Northumberland, and 15 in Haliburton (net increase of 3)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 35, including 25 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Kawartha Lakes)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 55, including 46 in Kawartha Lakes and 9 in Northumberland (no change)
Resolved: 788, including 385 in Kawartha Lakes, 355 in Northumberland, 48 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 127,998 (increase of 659)
Institutional outbreaks: Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope, Caressant Care McLaughlin Road long-term care home in Lindsay, Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg, 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 (no change)

*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 4 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 (no change from yesterday).

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, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 369 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 3 (no change)
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 (increase of 1)
Tests completed: 46,664 (no change)
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: 275,330 (increase of 1,670)*
7-day average of new cases: 1,576 (decrease of 24)
Resolved: 253,170 (increase of 2,233, 92.0% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 2.5% (decrease of 0.1%)
Hospitalized: 1,043 (decrease of 58)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 325 (increase of 2)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 225 (decrease of 16)
Deaths: 6,438 (increase of 45)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,697 (increase of 14)
Total tests completed: 9,912,023 (increase of 62,710)
Tests under investigation: 41,561 (decrease of 5,721)
Vaccination doses administered: 362,749 (increase of 7,694)
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 87,831 (increase of 6,854)
Total COVID-19 variant cases: 155 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 2); 1 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (no change)

*Toronto Public Health is reporting 125 additional cases today that were not fully migrated during the transition to to Ontario’s Case and Contact Management system, resulting in a slight overestimation of today’s overall case numbers.

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from January 5 - February 4, 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 5 – February 4, 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 5 - February 4, 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 5 – February 4, 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 5 - February 4, 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 5 – February 4, 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 5 - February 4, 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 5 – February 4, 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 5 - February 4, 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 5 – February 4, 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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