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Ontario reports 3,266 new COVID cases today

There have now been more than 200,000 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the start of the pandemic

Public Health Ontario has reported 3,266 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

The province reported 37 deaths in today's update. Of those, 20 were residents of long-term care homes. Ten of the deaths reported today were individuals between 60 and 79 years old, and 27 were over the age of 80. 

Since yesterday,125 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 11 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

Today's two updates provided by the province's public health agency today also reported the following:

  • 3,005 new recoveries
  • 1,463 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,347 reported yesterday. This is the highest number of patients reported hospitalized with COVID during the pandemic. In the first wave, hospitalizations peaked at 1,043.
  • There are 362 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 352 yesterday) and 246 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 245 yesterday). 
  • 26,064 current active cases in Ontario, which is up from 25,840 reported yesterday
  • The province reported 51,045 tests processed yesterday resulting in a 8.5 per cent positivity rate. The province's goal is three per cent. 
  • There is a backlog of 55.484 tests awaiting processing.
  • Of the 3,266 cases reported today, 1,092 are from Toronto, 523 are from Peel, 349 are from York Region, and 57 are from Simcoe-Muskoka.
  • Based on case data reported today, the new cases include 461 people under 20, 1,239 people between 20 and 39 years old, 935 people between 40 and 59 years old, 447 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 189 people over the age of 80.
  • There were 9,795 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered yesterday, which is up from 7,607 the day before. There have been 60,380 doses of the vaccines administered to date.
  • There are 860 total vaccinations completed (both doses). The vaccine approved for use requires two doses given 21 days apart. 

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 200,626 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 169,795 recoveries and 4,767 deaths, of which 2,885 were individuals living in long-term care homes

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,349.7 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 136.7 cases per 100,000 people from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, which is up by 31.8 per cent compared to Dec. 21-27 when the average weekly incidence rate was 103.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 in the region

The local health unit has now confirmed 3,896 cases of COVID-19 with 2,529 of those cases recovered and 70 cases ending in death. There are more than 1,200 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County.

At least 26 people from Simcoe County are hospitalized.

In Simcoe-Muskoka the weekly incidence rate is also on the rise with 67.4 cases per 100,000 people for the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, which is up by 18.5 per cent compared to the week of Dec. 21 to 27 when the rate was 56.9 cases per 100,000 people.

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

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

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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