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Ontario reports record 2,923 new COVID cases today

There are more than 20,000 active cases in Ontario and 1,177 people are hospitalized with COVID-19
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Public Health Ontario has reported a record 2,923 new COVID-19 cases today. 

The number of active, lab-confirmed cases now, for the first time, exceeds 20,000 cases, and the rate of positive test results continues to hover at some of the highest levels reported during the pandemic with an 8.4 per cent positivity today and a 9.7 per cent rate reported yesterday.

The province reported 20 deaths in today's update, but removed one death reported yesterday (an individual between 20 and 39 years old) from the list, resulting in an increase of 19 deaths for the report. Of those, 12 were residents of long-term care homes. Five of the deaths reported were individuals between 60 and 79 years old, and 15 were over the age of 80. 

The total number of hospitalizations wasn't included in yesterday's report, so the data reflects the number of people hospitalized since the Dec. 28 report. Over the last two days, 145 people have been hospitalized with COVID and 23 patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

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

  • 2,237 new recoveries 
  • 1,177 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 864 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 323 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 304 yesterday) and 204 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 204 yesterday)
  • 20,558 current active cases in Ontario, which is up from 19,891 reported yesterday
  • The province has reported 39,210 tests have been processed for today's update, resulting in an 8.4 per cent positivity rate. The province's goal is three per cent. 
  • Of the 2,923 cases reported today, 998 are from Toronto, 441 are from Peel, 408 are from York Region, 69 are from Hamilton, and 65 are from Simcoe-Muskoka.
  • Based on case data reported today, the new cases include 386 people under 20, 1,039 people between 20 and 39 years old, 885 people between 40 and 59 years old, 458 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 159 people over the age of 80.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 178,831 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 153,799 recoveries and 4,474 deaths, of which 2,738 were individuals living in long-term care homes

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,203.1 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 103.7 cases per 100,000 people from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26, which is down by 3.5 per cent compared to Dec. 14-20 when the average weekly incidence rate was 107.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 269 new cases of COVID-19 in the region, which was a cumulative report of all cases confirmed since Dec. 24. 

The local health unit has now confirmed 3,466 cases of COVID-19 with 2,491 of those cases recovered and 63 cases ending in death. There are more than 875 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

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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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