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Ontario reports fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Feb 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm EST

A man walks past a COVID-19 retail supplies sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario is reporting 975 new COVID-19 cases and 12 additional deaths on Tuesday.

Locally, there are 343 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel and 89 in York Region.

There were nearly 26,000 tests completed. That number is down from the nearly 31,200 completed tests a day earlier and a significant drop-off from the 48,200 completed tests two days ago.

The test positivity rate increases to 4.2 per cent from 3.3 per cent a day ago. It is the highest positivity rate the province has seen in two weeks. The province reported the lowest positivity rate since October on Friday.

Testing numbers are typically lower in the days following a weekend.

The rolling seven-day average increases to 1,055 cases from 1,045 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.

The province reported 1,058 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Monday.

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. There is no change in variant cases from a day ago.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is hosting a briefing on Tuesday afternoon, discussing what measures the province can take to help avoid a third wave of the pandemic.

A number of topics are expected to be discussed including how to tackle the spread of variant cases, vaccine delays and distribution challenges, re-opening communities too quickly and sustainable public health measures.

The OMA is calling for even stricter measures in the province’s colour-coded framework. Among them, banning indoor dining in ‘Red-Control’ zones’ and encouraging stores to offer curbside service instead of allowing customers inside.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, 585,707 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 247,042 people have been fully vaccinated.

There is now a total of 295,119 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 6,884 deaths. Of the confirmed cases 10,296 are active and 277,939 have been resolved.

There are 1,002 more resolved cases as active cases remain at the lowest point since Nov. 10.

Among the active cases, 718 people are currently in the hospital and 283 are in the ICU.

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