Ontario is reporting 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including eight new cases of the variant first detected in the U.K.
The province is also reporting 41 new deaths, up from 29 a day ago. The provincial death toll surpassed the 5,000 mark on Monday.
Locally, there are 837 new cases in Toronto, 545 in Peel, 249 in York Region and 246 in Niagara.
The daily cases marks a sharp decrease from the 3,338 reported on Monday and comes with a similar number of completed tests. Over 44,800 tests were completed compared to over 46,400 on Monday.
The test positivity rate is 7.8 per cent.
The province reports fewer than 3,000 cases for the first since Jan. 3. Tuesday’s number is the lowest since the 2,476 new cases on New Year’s Day.
The rolling seven-day average of new cases drops to 3,523. It’s the first time that number has decreased since Dec. 28.
The province administered an additional 11,448 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The total doses in the province now sit at 133,553 with total vaccinations at 6,046.
There is now a total of 222,023 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 5,053 deaths. Of the confirmed cases 30,141 are active and 186,829 have been resolved.
There are 3,353 more resolved cases. It’s the first time since Jan. 1 that the province reported more resolved cases than new infections.
Among active cases, a record of 1,701 people are currently in the hospital. Hospitalizations have increased by over 350 in the last seven days.
Among the hospitalized, 385 are in the ICU and 262 are on ventilators. The number of ICU patients is down two from a day ago.
Of the new deaths, 23 come from residents of long-term care homes. There are 198 new cases from long-term care home residents and 68 from staff.
Overall, the GTA is reporting fewer cases, 1,753, compared to the 1,927 cases reported a day ago. The GTA is responsible for just over 60 per cent of the province’s new daily cases compared to just under 58 per cent a day ago.
The province reported fewer new cases for Toronto, Durham and Halton. Toronto is down to 837 from 931, the city saw over 1,000 new cases two days ago.
Numbers in Durham and Halton were nearly cut in half, Durham is down to 75 from 143 while Halton saw 47 new cases compared t0 81 on Monday.
Peel and York Region both saw slight increases. Peel up to 545 from 531 and York climbs to 249 from 241.