Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 361 new cases in Toronto, 210 in Peel Region, and 122 in York Region.

Public Health has performed over 7,600 vaccinations to date. The province confirms 39 more cases of the B.1.1.7 variant since a day ago.

The province has reported three cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).

Another 258 cases were confirmed in Peel Region today along with 116 in York Region.

In the next few months, essential businesses including Bombardier Aviation, Ellis Don Construction and Ontario Power Generation will begin to receive 300,000 one-time use rapid tests per week, while up to 50,000 each week will be set aside for use in the school system.

According to the province's daily epidemiological summary, almost 69,000 tests were processed over the past 24 hours.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 60.8 cases per 100,000 people from February 2 to February 8, which is a decrease of 21.6 per cent compared to January 27 to February 2 when the average weekly incidence rate was 77.6 cases per 100,000 people.

In recent weeks it has takes seven days or longer for a positive variant case to be tested, screened and then sequenced through whole genomic sequencing.

The number of active cases has dropped below 500 for the first time since the surge during the second wave was noted in Niagara.

763 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 883 reported yesterday. Data released by the province indicates that 883 COVID-19 patients are now receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals, down from 948 on Wednesday and 1,101 just seven days ago.

There has been a continued discrepancy between the number of virus-related hospitalizations reported by the province and local public health units (PHUs).

Ontario reports that 15,605 more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given since the last report. Ottawa was at the orange level before the provincial shutdown in late December.

The government has warned that a sudden spike in cases could delay the reopening of any region in the province.

Toronto, Peel Region and York Region are set to remain under the stay-at-home order until at least February 22.

Provincial health officials said another 18 people have died as a result of the virus, bringing Ontario's death toll to 6,614. I must be clear.

Among the active cases, 763 people are now in the hospital. "That unfortunately is not gradual".

Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch, who is also a member of the province's COVID-19 vaccine task force, said a third wave is a possibility this spring.

There are in total 40 active outbreaks, both in health-care settings, as well as in the larger community. "If you start to see cases plateau or rise, I really hope they pull that emergency brake to quell that as quickly as possible".

So far, there are 236 confirmed cases of the United Kingdom variant, three of the South Africa variant, and one of the Brazilian variant.

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