Ontario is reporting 3,326 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 228,310.
Thursday’s case count is higher than Wednesday’s which saw 2,961 new infections. On Tuesday, 2,903 new cases were recorded.
“Locally, there are 968 new cases in Toronto, 572 in Peel, 357 in York Region and 268 in Windsor-Essex County,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
The death toll in the province has risen to 5,189, after 62 more deaths were reported.
Ontario reported 1,657 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 17 from the previous day), with 388 patients in an intensive care unit (up by three) and 280 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by four).
The government said 71,169 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 66,940 tests awaiting results. A total of 8,714,916 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.
Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Thursday was 5.1 per cent, down from Wednesday’s six per cent and down from one week ago when it was 6.1 per cent.
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the province has administered 159,021 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 13,293 people have been fully vaccinated so far with two doses.
Meanwhile, 193,814 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,593 from the previous day.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 29,307 — down from the previous day when it was 29,636.
The seven-day average has now reached 3,452, down from yesterday at 3,480 but up from last week at 3,141.
Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:
111,525 people are male — an increase of 1,701 cases.
115,485 people are female — an increase of 1,695 cases.
29,845 people are 19 and under — an increase of 419 cases.
83,353 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 1,240 cases.
65,741 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 977 cases.
32,924 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 468 cases.
16,395 people are 80 and over — an increase of 219 cases.
The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.
The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.
Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:
Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 1
Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 20
Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 202
Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 1,388
Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 3,577
The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths.
Ontario long-term care homes
According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,063 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is an increase of 34 deaths. Ten virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.
There are 244 current outbreaks in homes, a decrease of five from the previous day.
The ministry also indicated there are currently 1,603 active cases among long-term care residents and 1,297 active cases among staff — up by 61 cases and up by 19 cases, respectively, in the last day.