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Ontario reports 1,185 new COVID cases Tuesday

The province has also reported six deaths, 972 recoveries, and 44 new hospitalizations in today's update
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Public Health Ontario has reported 1,185 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 9).

Today's report includes six new deaths, none were long-term care residents.

The deaths reported today include one person between 40 and 59 years old, two people between 60 and 79 years old, and three people aged 80 or older.

The province has reported 44 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and five new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The March 9 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 972 recoveries
  • 11,223 active cases, which is up from 11,016 yesterday
  • 689 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 626 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 290 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 282) and 184 COVID patients on ventilators (even with yesterday)
  • The province reported 33,264 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 3.7 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 29,845 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 11.4 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 1,185 new cases reported today, 343 are from Toronto, 235 cases are from Peel, 105 are from York Region, and 30 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 75 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 56 at retirement homes, and 22 at hospitals. 
  • The new cases reported today include 250 individuals aged 19 and under, 475 people between 20 and 39 years old, 293 people between 40 and 59 years old, 150 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 22 people aged 80 and over.

Variants of concern (Ontario-wide)

  • 908  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.


  • There were 31,047 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 8, which is up from 21,882 administered on Mar. 7. 
  • As of 8 p.m. on March 8, the province reported 943,533 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 276,193 people have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 311,112 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 292,806 recoveries and 7,083 deaths, of which 3,876 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,093 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 51.9 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of one per cent from last week (Feb. 21-27). 

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 121 new cases since Friday.

There are currently 473 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County. Eighteen people are currently hospitalized. 

There have been 225 confirmed instances of the B.1.1.7 variant strain that originated in the UK in cases reported in Simcoe County and Muskoka. Another 430 cases in the region have screened positive for variant strains.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,737 cases of COVID-19 with 6,018 of those cases recovered and 190 cases ending in death. 

The weekly incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 37.2 cases per 100,000 people, which is down by 11.2 per cent compared to 41.9 cases per 100,000 people for the week of Feb. 21 to 27.

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