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Ontario reports over 1,000 cases of COVID-19, 11 additional deaths

Last Updated Feb 22, 2021 at 11:04 am EST

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Jan. 11, 2021, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin

Ontario is reporting 1,058 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths on Monday.

Locally, there are 325 new cases in Toronto, 215 in Peel and 87 in York Region.

There were nearly 31,200 tests completed. That number is down significantly from the nearly 48,200 completed tests a day earlier. Testing numbers are typically lower in the days following a weekend.

The test positivity rate increases to 3.3 per cent from 2.7 per cent a day ago. The province reported the lowest positivity rate since October, 2.1 per cent, on Friday.

The rolling seven-day average increases to 1,045 cases from 1,031 a day ago. The average has levelled off in the last week after consistently declining since Jan. 11, where it peaked at 3,555. Last Wednesday’s number was the lowest seven-day average since Nov. 6.

Ontario reported 1,087 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths on Sunday.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 390 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the UK and nine cases of the B 1.351 variant first detected in South Africa. That makes one less B.1.1.7 variant cases compared to a day ago.

Health officials in Toronto and Peel expressed concern about the rise of variants and asked the province to keep their regions under a stay-at-home order.

Meanwhile, York Region returned to the province’s colour-coded system of pandemic restrictions on Monday, joining most other public health units.

After two weeks, the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where it is or be moved to a different level.

As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 569,455 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 240,669 people have been fully vaccinated.

Canada is set to receive an influx of COVID-19 vaccine doses this week, as the country moves to speed up its vaccination efforts.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it expects more than 640,000 shots from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna in the coming days.

Officials in Ontario say the province has the capacity to inoculate nearly 40,000 residents per day and is building to triple or quadruple that pending federal government supply.

Toronto and Peel are preparing for the sped up vaccination rollout with multiple mass vaccination clinics set to open up in the region once the vaccine supply is available.

There is now a total of 293,086 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 6,861 deaths. Of the confirmed cases 10,335 are active and 275,854 have been resolved.

There are 1,083 more resolved cases as active cases fall to the lowest point since Nov. 10.

Among the active cases, 646 people are currently in the hospital and 280 are in the ICU.

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