Public Health Ontario has reported 1,150 new cases of COVID-19 today (Feb. 19).
Today’s report includes 47 new deaths, 18 were residents at long-term care homes.
Of the deaths reported today, two were individuals between 20 and 39 years old, three were between 40 and 59 years old, 11 were between 60 and 79 years old, and 31 were over the age of 80.
The province has reported 68 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and nine new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.
The Feb. 19 update provided by the province’s public health agency also reported the following data:
1,255 new recoveries
10,550 active cases, which is down from 10,702 yesterday
689 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 758 reported yesterday.
There are 269 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 277) and 190 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 192 yesterday).
The province reported 65,372 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 2.1 per cent positivity rate.
Another 39,970 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 10.5 million tests have been completed.
Of the 1,150 new cases reported today, 376 are from Toronto, 264 cases are from Peel, 108 are from York Region, and 23 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
There are 137 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 84 at retirement homes and 41 at hospitals.
Of the cases reported today there are 178 people under 19 years old, 453 people between 20 and 39 years old, 326 people between 40 and 59 years old, 158 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 37 people over the age of 80.
Variants of concern
The province has reported 385 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7).
The province has reported 9 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
The province has reported 1 case of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.
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.