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Ontario reports 1,072 new COVID cases Wednesday

There are 13,270 active, lab-confirmed cases in Ontario

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 today (Feb. 10). 

Today's report includes 42 new deaths, 13 were residents at long-term care homes.

The deaths reported today include three people between 40 and 59 years old, 14 people between the ages of 60 and 79 years old, and 25 people over the age of 80.

A death previously reported (a person between 20 and 39 years old) has been removed from the province's reporting, so the total number of deaths increased by 41 today. 

The province has reported 69 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and 18 new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The Feb. 10 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,709 new recoveries
  • 13,270 active cases, which is down from 13,948 yesterday
  • 948 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 909 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 313 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 318) and 226 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 223 yesterday).
  • The province reported 52,504 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 2.5 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 41,725 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 10 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 1,072 new cases reported today, 393 are from Toronto, 196 cases are from Peel, 125 are from York Region, and 29 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 208 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 109 at retirement homes and 59 at hospitals. 
  • Of the cases reported today there are 162 people under 19 years old, 388 people between 20 and 39 years old, 298 people between 40 and 59 years old, 175 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 50 people over the age of 80. 

Variant of concern

  • The province has reported 228 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • The province has reported three cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

Vaccine update for Feb. 10:

  • There were 13,486 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Feb 9, up from 12,462 on Feb. 8.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 9, the province reported 412,119 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 125,725 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 281,566 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 261,700 recoveries and 6,596 deaths, of which 3,760 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,894.2 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 65.6 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, which is a decrease of 22 per cent compared to Jan. 25 to Jan. 31 when the average weekly incidence rate was 84.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 in the region since Friday. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,787 cases of COVID-19 with 4,760 of those cases recovered and 169 cases ending in death. There are 819 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

According to the health unit, 133 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern UK B.1.1.7 and an additional 64 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing). 

The weekly incidence rate for Simcoe Muskoka is about 45 cases per 100,000 people, which is down by 11 per cent from 51 cases per 100,000 a week ago.

For the latest breakdown of cases in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, click here.

The Ontario government has declared a state of emergency, the second since the start of the pandemic, and a stay-at-home order is in effect until at least Feb. 9, 2021. There are additional measures in place for the shutdown, all of which can be found in this provincial breakdown.

Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor.
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