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Ontario's COVID-19 deaths surpass 5,000, hospitalizations hit a new record

Last Updated Jan 11, 2021 at 4:21 pm EST

Ontario is reporting 3,338 cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths with over 46,400 tests completed.

The 29 deaths bring the provincial death toll since the start of the pandemic past the 5,000 mark. The province also hit a record high of hospitalizations on Monday.

Locally, there are 931 new cases in Toronto, 531 in Peel, 241 in York Region, 168 in Niagara, and 165 in Waterloo.

The number of new cases is down from the record case count of 3,945 reported on Sunday. The decrease in cases comes with a significant decrease in testing with Ontario reporting more than 62,300 completed tests a day earlier.

The test positivity rate is up to 7.7 percent.

With all of Ontario under lockdown, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, says the rate of COVID-19 transmission continues to trouble health officials, saying it’s not just because of social gatherings.

“There are certainly an increasing number of outbreaks in congregate settings, particularly long-term care, as well, workplaces have become quite the source of infection,” Yaffe said on Monday afternoon.

“Places where people may be congregating during a break time. They’re having coffee, they’re obviously not wearing a mask. Carpooling which can be a concern, those kinds of things.”

The rolling seven-day average reaches a new high of 3,555 cases. That number has increased each day since Dec. 28.

The province administered an additional 8,859 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The total doses in the province now sit at 122,105 with total vaccinations at 5,884.

There is now a total of 219,120 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 5,012 deaths. Of the confirmed cases 30,632 are active and 183,476 have been resolved.

Among active cases, a new record of 1,563 people is currently in the hospital. Hospitalizations have increased by over 450 in the last seven days.

Among the hospitalized, 387 are in the ICU and 268 are on ventilators. The number of ICU patients is down one from a day ago.

Of the new deaths, 14 come from residents of long-term care homes. There are 167 new cases in homes from residents and 50 from staff.

There are 2,756 more resolved cases.

Premier Doug Ford says an announcement is coming on Tuesday regarding new lockdown measures for Ontario though it appears a province-wide curfew will not be among them

Overall, the GTA is reporting fewer cases, 1,927, compared to the 2,466 cases reported a day ago. The GTA is responsible for just under 58 percent of the province’s new daily cases.

The province reported fewer new cases for all five GTA regions. Toronto is down to 931 from 1,160, Peel drops to 531 from 641, and York Region is down to 241 from 357.

Durham goes down to 143 from 190 and Halton drops to 81 from 118.

According to cell phone mobility data shared with the Toronto Star, in the week leading up to Boxing Day, 101,500 residents from Toronto, Peel, and York Region descended upon five shopping malls in Halton and Durham Regions for last-minute Christmas shopping.

Experts say this has helped lead to a shift in where new cases are coming from. In the weeks leading up to Christmas the lockdown regions, Toronto, Peel, and York were accounting for 70 to 80 percent of the provincial cases.

That number has crept closer to 50 percent in recent weeks meaning other outer regions are seeing an uptick.

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