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Ontario reports 945 new cases of COVID-19 but Toronto numbers are low because of change in data reporting

Ontario is reporting another 945 COVID-19 cases, and 18 more deaths, according to its latest report released Thursday morning.

The province does say that there’s an “underestimate of the daily counts” in Toronto, due to a change in the data reporting system.

The seven-day average is down to 1,264 cases daily, or 61 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths dropped to a low of 31.6 daily.

The province says 68,812 number of tests were completed the previous day for a 2.3 per cent positivity rate.

Numbers of hospitalizations are slowly dropping, with 883 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 299 patients in intensive care. There are 211 people on ventilators.

Ontario has administered 14,717 doses of the vaccine since its last daily update, with 426,836 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 136,988 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses.

Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 258 cases in Peel Region, 116 in York Region and 112 cases in Toronto.

Meanwhile, 11 more residents in long-term care have died for a total of 3,694 since the pandemic began, in the latest report released by the province,

Ontario is reporting six less LTC homes in outbreak, for a total of 194 or 31 per cent of all LTC homes in the province.

Since the pandemic began, 11 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.

News Credit: the Star.com

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