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Ontario reports 2,417 new COVID cases today

The province reported 50 deaths today, 25 were residents of long-term care homes
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Public Health Ontario has reported 2,417 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The province is also reporting 50 deaths in its latest update, including 25 people who were residents at long-term care homes.

The deaths reported today include one person under 19, one person between 40 and 59 years old, 20 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 28 people over the age of 80. 

Ontario reports 181 new COVID-related hospitalizations and 41 new admissions to intensive care. 

The Jan. 24 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 2,759 new recoveries
  • 24,153 active cases, which is down from 24,545 yesterday
  • 1,436 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 1,501 reported yesterday. The province's report notes that on weekends, at least 10 per cent of Ontario hospitals do not report to the daily bed census, so the hospitalizations could be underreported. 
  • There are 392 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 395 yesterday) and 301 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 299 yesterday).
  • The province reported 48,497 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 4.2 per cent positivity rate. 
  • There is a backlog of 23,995 tests. To date, 9,308,991 tests have been completed.
  • Of the 2,417 cases reported today, 785 are from Toronto, 404 are from Peel, 215 are from York Region, and 51 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 242 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 161 at retirement homes and 101 at hospitals. 
  • Of the cases reported today there are 318 people under 19 years old, 892 people between 20 and 39 years old, 707 people between 40 and 59 years old, 333 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 167 people over the age of 80. 

 Vaccine update for Jan. 24: 

  • There were 4,427 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Jan. 23, down from 11,161 on Jan. 22.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Jan. 23, the province reports 280,573 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • There are 62,881 total vaccinations completed (both doses). The vaccines approved for use require two doses a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 255,002 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 225,046 recoveries and 5,803 deaths, of which 3,400 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,715.5 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. 

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 123.7 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20, which is a decrease of 18.9 per cent compared to Jan. 8 to Jan. 14 when the average weekly incidence rate was 152.6 cases per 100,000 people.

On Friday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,052 cases of COVID-19 with 3,756 of those cases recovered and 108 cases ending in death. There are 1,159 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

There is also evidence of a COVID-19 variant strain being the cause of a deadly and fast-spreading outbreak at Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie.

There are 37 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19

There have been 14,583 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 administered in Simcoe Muskoka to health care workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as to all eligible long-term care home residents. No doses were administered yesterday. 

The health unit reports 927 individuals from the region have received both doses of the vaccine.

Due to a shortage in vaccine supply, the health unit is reorganizing its vaccine rollout with a priority on getting at least one dose to retirement home residents, all eligible long-term care residents have received their first dose. It's unclear if the health unit will be able to provide a second dose within the 21-day time frame to all those who received their first dose of the vaccine.

Like the provincial rate, the region's weekly incidence rate is decreasing, though at a slower pace.

In Simcoe-Muskoka the weekly incidence rate was 76.9 cases per 100,000 people for the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, which is a decrease of 3.5 per cent compared to the week of Jan. 7 to Jan. 13 when the rate was 79.7 cases per 100,000 people.

The next health unit update will be posted Monday. 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. 11, 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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