COVID-19: No variants reported among Ontario’s 975 new cases


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Ontario is reporting 975 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 12 related deaths.

The Greater Toronto Area remains a provincial hotspot under lockdown orders in Toronto, which reported 343 new cases Tuesday, and 186 in Peel region.

York region reported 89 new cases Tuesday.

There were 18 new cases in Ottawa after 51 were reported by the province Monday.

There are often discrepancies between Ontario’s daily case counts and those logged by local public health units while the province is completing its data migration to a central system. Ottawa Public Health is using its own system in the meantime, which pulls local data each afternoon and reports the numbers around 12:30 p.m. the following day. OPH says its data is typically the most up-to-date.

In surrounding regions, there were two new cases confirmed in each of the Eastern Ontario, Kingston and Renfrew County public health units. No new cases were reported Tuesday in Hastings, or in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

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Ontario completed 25,979 tests in the previous 24-hour period with a 4.2 per cent positivity.

That indicator has been rising in recent days after dipping below the three per cent threshold earlier in February.

The provincial test positivity rate was 3.3 per cent Monday.

Hospitalizations are also trending up in Ontario — and in Ottawa — in recent days, with 718 patients now in hospital across the province, an increase of 72 patients in the past 24-hour period.

Severe cases are also rising slightly after several weeks of gradual decline. There are now 283 patients in ICU and of those, 186 require a ventilator.

No new variants of concern were identified in Ontario for the second straight day, and over the past 48 hours, Public Health Ontario’s database shows a net subtraction of one previously-confirmed case.

There are 390 known cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant in Ontario, including eight cases in Ottawa, and nine cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant in Ontario, including one case in Ottawa.

There remains one known case of the P.1 (Brazil) variant in Ontario.

On the vaccination front, 16,252 doses were administered in the past 24-hour period, and as of 8 p.m. Monday, 585,707 total doses had been administered in Ontario, with 247,042 people now fully immunized with both vaccine doses.

Another 1,002 positive cases were resolved in the past 24-hour period. There have now been 295,119 total cases in Ontario since the beginning of the pandemic, and of those, 272,939 are now considered resolved. The death toll in the province is 6,884.

Local

Ottawa Public Health is seeking six passengers of a rideshare from Toronto last week, after one of the passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

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PLEASE READ & RT: possible COVID-19 exposure following a rideshare.

We are looking to contact 6 individuals who travelled from Toronto to Ottawa on Feb 16 using a private rideshare service who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Read the full PSA here: https://t.co/E68tJacJX5 pic.twitter.com/TbAM0yV7zN

— Ottawa Public Health (@OttawaHealth) February 23, 2021

The passenger was determined to have been travelling while they were in the contagious stage of the virus.

Quebec

Quebec has recorded 739 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced Tuesday.

In addition, 13 new deaths were reported, including one over the previous 24 hours.

One death previously attributed to the pandemic has been removed from the toll after further tests revealed it was not related to COVID-19.

Hospitalizations were down to 680 patients, a drop of nine patients. There are three more people in ICU, bringing that total to 120.

There were 24 new cases reported in the Outaouais, bringing the total to 6,153 since the pandemic began. There were no new deaths reported, and the toll remains 158.

There were 10,209 additional vaccine doses administered, bringing the total to 365,978.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 283,666 cases and 10,330 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 265,456 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered – 93.6 per cent.

-With files from the Canadian Press and Postmedia