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Ontario reports 2,553 new COVID cases today, 1,939 yesterday

The province also reported a lower than average number of tests processed today, resulting in the highest per cent positivity rate ever at 9.7 per cent
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Public Health Ontario has reported a record 2,552 new cases of COVID-19 today (Dec. 29), and the highest per cent positivity rate ever at 9.7 per cent. 

Per cent positivity is the rate of positive results compared to the number of tests processed. The province reported there have been 34,112 tests processed in 24 hours resulting in a 9.7 per cent positivity rate. Throughout December, that rate has ranged from three to 5.4 per cent.  

The province's goal is a per cent positivity rate at three per cent or lower. 

The province also posted yesterday's COVID-19 data today, noting 1,939 new cases on Dec. 28, as well as 36,565 tests processed, and an 8.6 per cent positivity rate. 

The province reported 41 deaths in today's update and 37 yesterday for a total of 78 deaths since the Dec. 27 report. Of those, 30 were residents of long-term care homes. One of the deaths reported over the last two days was an individual between 20 and 39 years old, three were individuals between 40 and 59 years old, 24 were between 60 and 79 years old, and 50 were over the age of 80. 

Today's report does not include the number of new hospitalizations. 

The Dec. 29 and Dec. 28 updates provided by the province's public health agency today also reported the following:

  • 2,233 new recoveries on Dec. 29 and 2,151 on Dec. 28
  • 864 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 823 on Dec. 27. The province notes more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data on hospitalizations so the numbers do not include all hospitalizations. 
  • There are 304 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 285 on Dec. 27) and 207 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 194 on Dec. 27)
  • 19,891 current active cases in Ontario, which is up from 19,861 reported on Dec. 27
  • The province has now processed 7.8 million COVID-19 tests
    • 34,111 tests reported processed on Dec. 28
    • 39,565 tests reported processed on Dec. 27
    • 41,783 tests reported processed on Dec. 26
    • 49,511 tests reported processed on Dec. 25
  • Of the 4,492 cases reported over the last two days, 1,307 are from Toronto, 971 are from Peel, 300 are from York Regoin, 244 are from Hamilton, and 90 are from Simcoe-Muskoka.
  • Based on case data from Dec. 27 and 28, the new cases include 622 people under 20, 1,546 people between 20 and 39 years old,1,349 people between 40 and 59 years old, 694 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 285 people over the age of 80.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 175,908 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 151,562  recoveries and 4,455 deaths, of which 2,726 were individuals living in long-term care homes

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,183.4 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 104.7 cases per 100,000 people from Dec. 19 to Dec. 25, which is down by 0.9 per cent compared to Dec. 13-19 when the average weekly incidence rate was 105.7 cases per 100,000 people.

On Dec. 24, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 in the region

The local health unit has now confirmed 3,201 cases of COVID-19 with 2,479 of those cases recovered and 61 cases ending in death. There are 623 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County.

For the latest breakdown of cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, click here. The health unit will not be providing a local case update until later this afternoon.

The Ontario government has implemented a province-wide shutdown. Details on the shutdown are available on the province's website here.

The province will not be providing COVID-19 updates on Jan. 1. Data will be posted the following day. 


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Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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