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Ontario reports more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases for first time in three days

Ontario is reporting another 3,326 of COVID-19 cases, and 62 more deaths, according to its latest report released Thursday morning.

It’s the first time in three days that the number has surpassed 3,000. The seven-day average is at 3,452 cases daily, or 166 weekly per 100,000.

There are 1,657 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including a record-high 388 patients in intensive care. There are 280 people on ventilators, also a new high, according to the Star’s Ed Tubb.

Ontario administered 14,237 doses of the vaccine since its last daily update, for a total of 159,021 as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 13,293 people now have two shots which means they are fully vaccinated.

Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 968 cases are in Toronto, 572 in Peel, 357 in York Region, and 268 in Windsor-Essex County.

There were more than 71,200 tests completed, Elliott says.

Meanwhile, 34 more residents in long-term care have died for a total of 3,063 since the pandemic began, according to the latest report released by the province.

Ontario is reporting five less long-term-care homes in outbreak, for a total of 244 or 39 per cent of LTC homes.

There are 143 more active cases of positive residents than the previous day for a total of 12,869.

Additionally, there are 71 more staff members with an active case, for a total of 5,009.

Since the pandemic began, 10 staff members in Ontario’s long-term care homes have died due to the virus, according to the province.

This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.

Ontario has also resumed releasing data for infections in publicly funded schools. Only schools in northern Ontario are open for in-class learning.



There are no new cases reported among students and staff.

Schools in southern Ontario hot spots, such as Toronto, Peel, York, Hamilton and Windsor, won’t reopen before Feb. 10 for in-class learning.

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