Ontario’s positivity rate hits 3-month low, over 1,500 new cases

Henrietta Strickland
February 4, 2021

Closed since the Christmas break, schools in Toronto will be permitted to open on February 16, the province announced Wednesday - bringing with it a new suite of precautions and rules meant to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. "We anticipate fluctuations in case numbers over the next few days".

New case counts are expected to fluctuate this week as local public health units are "migrating" data to a central system, including the province's largest PHU in Toronto. The last time that number was that low was on October 24 when the same rate was reported by the province.

Most of the new infections were found in Toronto (584), Peel Region (265) and York Region (132).

Ontario is also reporting that almost 64,500 tests have been completed since the last daily update. Tuesday's numbers saw the province dip below 1,000 for the first time since November 5.

The test positivity rate drops to 2.6 per cent from 3.3 per cent on Wednesday.

There are 46 new confirmed cases in Ottawa, according to Thursday's provincial data. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases drops to 1,600.

The Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit also reported that 90 cases of the United Kingdom variant had been confirmed in the region as of Thursday, with 57 other likely cases that were awaiting test results.

Lecce said the province would continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and take further action if necessary. Another 1,956 cases were resolved in the previous 24-hour period.

39 people are being treated in hospital locally for the virus. Hospitalizations are down over 200 from one week ago.

Of those patients, 323 are receiving treatment in intensive care and 241 are breathing on a ventilator.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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