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Ontario reports 1,374 new COVID cases Friday

Public Health Ontario also reported 18 deaths, 1,124 recoveries, and 18 deaths in today's update
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Public Health Ontario has reported 1,374 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 12).

Today's report includes 18 new deaths, including one person between 40 and 59 years old, eight people between 60 and 79 years old, and nine people aged 80 or older.

The province has reported 65 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and 10 new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The March 12 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,124 recoveries
  • 11,512 active cases, which is up from 11,283 yesterday
  • 676 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 680 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 282 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 277 yesterday) and 189 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 184 yesterday)
  • The province reported 64,611 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 2.4 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 36,744 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 11.6 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 1,374 new cases reported today, 371 are from Toronto, 225 cases are from Peel, 111 are from York Region, and 43 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 78 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 51 at retirement homes, and 20 at hospitals. 
  • The new cases reported today include 283 individuals aged 19 and under, 504 people between 20 and 39 years old, 359 people between 40 and 59 years old, 183 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 41 people aged 80 and over.

Variants of concern (Ontario-wide)

  • 1,005 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • 42 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • 34 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. 
  • Another 6,859 cases have screened positive with a mutation detected, but the lineage for the variant strain not yet detected.
  • 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.

Vaccines

  • There were 43,503 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 11, which is up from 40,610 administered on Mar. 10. 
  • As of 8 p.m. on March 11, the province reported 1,062,910 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 282,748 people have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 314,891 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 296,252 recoveries and 7,127 deaths, of which 3,877 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,118.4 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 56.3 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 9.1 per cent from last week (Feb. 24 - Mar. 2). 

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 44 new cases.

There are currently 343 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County. Twenty people are currently hospitalized. 

There have been 236 confirmed instances of the B.1.1.7 variant strain that originated in the UK, seven cases of the P.1 strain that originated in Brazil, and one case of the B.1.351 strain that originated in South Africa in cases reported in Simcoe County and Muskoka. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,842 cases of COVID-19 with 6,233 of those cases recovered and 191 cases ending in death. 

The weekly incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 38.7 cases per 100,000 people, which is up by 6.3 per cent compared to 36.4 cases per 100,000 people for the week of Feb. 24 to March 2.


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