Ontario’s daily COVID-19 count soars to more than 2,000

Ontario's daily COVID-19 count soars to more than 2,000

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A “catch-up data” problem spiked Ontario’s daily count of COVID-19 infections on Thursday, but the province still recorded more than 2,000 new cases.

Provincial health officials said the 2,380 new cases reported included about 280 previous cases. The last time Ontario exceeded 2,000 cases was January 30 with 2,063 cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted, “Ontario is reporting 2,380 cases of # COVID19 and nearly 60,100 tests completed. Locally, there are 1,016 new cases in Toronto, 294 in Peel, 244 in York Region and 152 in Ottawa. At 8 p.m. yesterday, 1,755,596 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered. ”

As of Thursday, 17 more deaths were blamed on COVID-19.

None of the lives lost were residents of long-term care (LTC), where early vaccination efforts were focused.

Public health officials have declared the start of a third wave of the pandemic as the number of cases and hospitalizations increase and more contagious variants of COVID-19 dominate.

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Hospitals have reported 894 patients with COVID-19, including 332 in intensive care and 212 on ventilators – numbers not seen consistently since early February.

According to the most recent public health data available, young adults aged 18 to 24 were the demographic groups most likely to test positive for COVID-19, followed by adolescents aged 14 to 17.

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