Coronavirus: Ontario reports highest COVID-19 case count since Feb. 5 amid data delay, 10 more deaths

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Coronavirus: Ontario reports highest COVID-19 case count since Feb. 5 amid data delay, 10 more deaths
Coronavirus: Ontario reports highest COVID-19 case count since Feb. 5 amid data delay, 10 more deaths

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,631 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 8).

Today’s report includes 994 recoveries and 10 new deaths, none were long-term care residents.

The deaths reported today include five people between 60 and 79 years old, and five people aged 80 or older.

The province has reported 51 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and seven new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The March 8 update provided by the province’s public health agency also reported the following data:

11,016 active cases, which is up from 10,389 yesterday

626 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 606 reported yesterday.
There are 282 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 273) and 184 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 179 reported yesterday)

38,063 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 3.4 per cent positivity rate.
Another 13,891 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 11.4 million tests have been completed.

Of the 1,631 new cases reported today, 568 are from Toronto, 322 cases are from Peel, 119 are from York Region, and 48 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
There are 79 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 59 at retirement homes, and 20 at hospitals.
The new cases reported today include 321 individuals aged 19 and under, 596 people between 20 and 39 years old, 447 people between 40 and 59 years old, 224 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 47 people aged 80 and over.

Variants of concern reported by Public Health Ontario

879 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7).
39 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
17 cases 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.

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