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Number of new COVID cases in Ontario dips below 1,000 Sunday

The public health agency is reporting 42 deaths over the past 24 hours and notes the number of new cases may be lower due to 'data maintenance' in Toronto
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Public Health Ontario has reported 981 new cases of COVID-19 today - about 300 fewer than the previous day. However, the public health authority says "ongoing data maintenance" at Toronto Public Health might be a factor in the lower numbers.

More than half of today's new cases are from the Greater Toronto Area, including 122 new cases in Toronto, 209 new cases in Peel and 171 new positives in York Region.

The province is reporting 42 more deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours.

The Feb. 13 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,235 new recoveries
  • 705 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 786 reported yesterday. However, it's important to note, more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census. The number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increase
  • There are 292 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 287) and 203 COVID patients on ventilators (unchanged from yesterday).
  • The province reported 48,700 tests were processed yesterday - about 10,000 fewer than Friday.
  • Another 15,947 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 10,375,912 tests have been completed in Ontario since the start of the pandemic.

Variant of concern

  • The province has reported 303 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • The province has reported six cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • The province is also reporting one case of P.1 (also known as the Brazilian 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. 12:

  • On Saturday, more than 10,670 doses of the vaccine were administered.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 13, the province reported 467,626 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • More than 165,000 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 285,868 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 267,128 recoveries and 6,693 deaths, of which 3,797 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

There will be no update provided by the province tomorrow due to the Family Day holiday.

On Friday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the region

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,872 cases of COVID-19 with 5,043 of those cases recovered and 173 cases ending in death. There are 617 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

According to the health unit, 150 local cases have tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the UK and an additional 86 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing).

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