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Ontario reports 2,557 new COVID cases Thursday

Public Health Ontario has reported 2,557 new cases of COVID-19 today (April 1). Today's report includes 1,814 recoveries and 23 new deaths.
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Public Health Ontario has reported 2,557 new cases of COVID-19 today (April 1).

Today's report includes 1,814 recoveries and 23 new deaths.  

The deaths reported today include one person between 20 and 39 years old, one person between 40 and 59 years old, five people between 60 and 79 years old, and 16 people over the age of 79 years old.

None of the people who died were residents of long-term-care facilities.

The province has reported 90 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and 17 new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The April 1 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 20,875 active cases, which is up from 20,155 yesterday
  • 1,116 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,111 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 433 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 396 yesterday) and 250 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 250 reported yesterday)
  • The province reported 62,290 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 4.8 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 42,057 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 12.6 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 2,557 new cases reported today, 743 are from Toronto, 484 cases are from Peel, 311 are from York Region, and 73 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 58 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 46 at retirement homes, and 34 at hospitals. 
  • The new cases reported today include 524 individuals aged 19 and under, 941 people between 20 and 39 years old, 738 people between 40 and 59 years old, 296 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 57 people aged 80 and over.

Variants of concern (Ontario-wide)

  • 1,953 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • 67 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • 96 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. 
  • Another 22,371 cases have screened positive with a mutation detected, but the lineage for the variant strain not yet sequenced.
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

Vaccines

  • There were  84,060 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 31, which is down from 89,873 administered on March 30.
  • As of 6 p.m. on March 31, the province reported 2,276,313 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 317,715 people have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 352,460 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 324,196 recoveries and 7,389 deaths, of which 3,901 were individuals living in long-term care facilities.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,371 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 101.1 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 26.2 per cent from last week (March 16-22). 

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

  • Algoma Public Health: 230 cases, rate of 201 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 229 cases. There are 10 known active cases. Three tests have screened positive for a variant of concern but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the yellow - protect zone.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 291 cases, rate of 224.3 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 293 cases. There are six known active cases. There have been five confirmed cases of the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7) variant, and 27 confirmed cases of the South African (B.1.351) variant of concern. There are 22 tests where variants have been detected but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the yellow - protect zone.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 356 cases, rate of 426.6 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 361 cases. There are 14 known active cases. There have been two confirmed cases of the South African (B.1.351) variant of concern. There are three tests where a variant has been detected but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the yellow- protect zone.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 1,426 cases, rate of 716.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 1,439. There are 316 known active cases. There are five confirmed UK (B.1.1.7) variants of concern. There are 409 tests where variants have been detected but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the grey - lockdown zone.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 127 cases, rate of 388.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 129 cases. There are 11 known active cases. There has been one case of the South African (B.1.351) variant of concern. There are 17 tests where a variant has been detected but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the red - control.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 684 cases, rate of 780.2 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 688. There are 39 known active cases. There has been one confirmed case of the UK (B.1.1.7) variant. There are seven tests where variants have been detected but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the red - control zone. 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 2,867 cases, rate of 1,911.8 per 100,000 people.  The health unit has reported 2,883 cases. There are 210 known active cases. There are four tests where a variant has been detected but the strain is not known yet. The region is in the grey - lockdown level.

The province is expected to announce a province-wide lockdown today. Village Media will carry the live stream of Premier Doug Ford's announcement at 1:30 p.m.


Erika Engel

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