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Ontario reports 2,961 new COVID cases today

The province has also confirmed 74 deaths, and 109 new hospitalizations today
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Public Health Ontario has reported 2,961 new cases of COVID-19 today, (Jan. 13). 

The province has reported 74 deaths today. Of those, 36 were residents of long-term care homes and one was a health care worker employed at a long-term care home.

Two of the deaths reported today were individuals between 40 and 59 years old, 20 were individuals between 60 and 79 years old, and 52 were individuals over the age of 80. 

Since yesterday, 109 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 18 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

The Jan. 13 updates provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data collected for Jan. 12:

  • 3,392 new recoveries
  • 1,674 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 1,701 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 385 COVID patients in intensive care units (no change from yesterday) and 276 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 262 yesterday). 
  • 29,636 current active cases in Ontario, which is down from 30,141 reported yesterday
  • The province reported 50,931 tests processed yesterday resulting in a six per cent positivity rate. The province's goal is three per cent. 
  • There is a backlog of 61,259 tests awaiting processing.
  • Of the 2,961 cases reported today, 738 are from Toronto, 536 are from Peel, 219 are from York Region, and 50 are from Simcoe-Muskoka.
  • Based on case data reported today, the new cases include 408 people under 20, 1,140 people between 20 and 39 years old, 785 people between 40 and 59 years old, 412 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 215 people over the age of 80.
  • There are 257 ongoing, active outbreaks at long-term care homes in the province, 164 active outbreaks at retirement homes, and 85 active outbreaks at hospitals. 
  • There were 11,231 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Jan. 12, down from 11,448 on Jan. 11.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Jan. 12, the province reports 144,784 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • There are 8,778 total vaccinations completed (both doses), which is up from 6,046 reported yesterday. The vaccines approved for use requires two doses a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 224,984 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 190,221 recoveries and 5,127 deaths, of which 3,063 were individuals living in long-term care homes

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,513.6 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 166.2 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, which is an increase of 14.3 per cent compared to Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 when the average weekly incidence rate was 145.4 cases per 100,000 people.

In Northern Ontario, the breakdown of Public Health Ontario data is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 128 cases, rate of 111.9 per 100,000 people. There are 43 known active cases, including one person who is a non-Algoma resident temporarily in the region.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 177 cases, rate of  136.4 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 179 cases. There are 25 known active cases.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 164 cases, rate of 196.5 per 100,000 people. There are 30 known active cases, including two out of region. 
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 375 cases, rate of 188.4 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 372 cases. There are 71 known active cases. 
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 85 cases, rate of 260 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 86 cases. There are five known active cases.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 224 cases, rate of 255.5 per 100,000 people. There are 44 known active cases. 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 671 cases, rate of 447.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 689 cases. There are 84 known active cases. 

The Ontario government has declared a state of emergency, the second since the start of the pandemic, and extended the province-wide shutdown to Feb. 11, 2021. There are additional measures in place for the shutdown, all of which can be found in this provincial breakdown.


Erika Engel

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