Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario surpasses 6,000 COVID-19 deaths since start of pandemic

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: OPH reports 34 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths Sunday
Coronavirus Canada Updates: OPH reports 34 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths Sunday

Another grim milestone has been reached in Ontario as the number of COVID-19 deaths in the province has surpassed 6,000.

With 56 more deaths reported Thursday morning, there are now 6,014 people who died from COVID since the pandemic began. A breakdown by age categories of the deaths:

1,961 were over 90 years old
2,182 were in their 80s
1,112 were in their 70s
509 were in their 60s
179 were in their 50s
46 were in their 40s
14 were in their 30s
eight were in their 20s
two were under 20 years old

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting another 2,093 COVID-19 cases, according to its latest report released Thursday morning.

The seven-day average is down to 2,128 cases daily, or 102 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is up to 57.1 daily.

The province says 64,664 number of tests were completed the previous day for a 3.3 per cent positivity rate.

There are 1,338 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 358 patients in intensive care. There are 276 people on ventilators.

Ontario has administered 11,910 doses of the vaccine since its last daily update, with 317,240 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 55,286 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses.

Earlier, the government said it had been misinterpreting data on the number of people who have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.

Officials inadvertently posted dose information, rather than the total vaccination data. As a result, the number of people who have been fully vaccinated is half of what was listed previously.

Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 700 cases are in Toronto, 331 in Peel Region, 228 in York Region and 123 in Niagara.

Meanwhile, 34 more residents in long-term care have died for a total of 3,462 since the pandemic began, in the latest report released by the province.

Ontario is reporting nine fewer LTC homes in outbreak, for a total of 229.

There are 50 more active cases of positive residents than the previous day for a total of 14,264.

Additionally, there are 42 more staff members with an active case, for a total of 5,813.

Since the pandemic began, 11 staff members in Ontario’s long-term care homes have died due to the virus, according to the province.

This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.

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