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Ontario reports 1,316 new COVID cases Wednesday

There are currently 11,311 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,316 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 10).

Today's report includes 17 new deaths, none were long-term care residents. One death previously reported has been removed from the list, resulting in a net increase of 16 deaths for today's report.

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

The province has reported 53 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and 12 new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The March 10 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,212 recoveries
  • 11,311 active cases, which is up from 11,223 yesterday
  • 678 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 689 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 281 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 290) and 178 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 184 yesterday)
  • The province reported 54,149 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 2.5 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 38,518 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 11.5 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 1,316 new cases reported today, 428 are from Toronto, 244 cases are from Peel, 149 are from York Region, and 31 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 74 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 55 at retirement homes, and 22 at hospitals. 
  • The new cases reported today include 267 individuals aged 19 and under, 478 people between 20 and 39 years old, 363 people between 40 and 59 years old, 179 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 31 people aged 80 and over.

Variants of concern (Ontario-wide)

  • 921 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 35,264 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 9, which is up from 31,047 administered on Mar. 8. 
  • As of 8 p.m. on March 8, the province reported 978,797 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 279,204 people have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 312,428 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 294,018 recoveries and 7,099 deaths, of which 3,876 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,101.9 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 53.1 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 3.3 per cent from last week (Feb. 22-28). 

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 30 new cases.

There are currently 373 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, and two cases of the P.1 strain that originated in Brazil in cases reported in Simcoe County and Muskoka. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,764 cases of COVID-19 with 6,143 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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