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

Grant Boone
February 4, 2021

Parents of students in York Region, Toronto, and Peel Region learned their children would return to school on February 16, with before and after school programs starting up at that time.

Ontario is reporting 1,563 cases of COVID-19 today, along with 88 additional deaths.

"Please note that Toronto Public Health has now migrated all of their data to the provincial data system, CCM". The province said they anticipate a fluctuation in case numbers in the following days as the data issues correct themselves. The last time that number was that low was on October 24 when the same rate was reported by the province.

The province is now operating in the first phase of its vaccine rollout, which has seen limited doses available for health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes, other congregate care settings and remote Indigenous communities.

Ontario reported almost 64,500 tests had been completed since the last daily update. The confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant is up 46 from Wednesday's numbers.

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The province reported 1,172 cases and 67 deaths on Wednesday. That number has been steadily declining, it increased on Monday for the first time since January 11 where it peaked at 3,555.

There is now a total of 273,660 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 6,393 deaths.

The number of COVID-19 active cases in First Nations communities has declined to the lowest point since early December, the department said, with 1,869 active cases reported as of yesterday.

Ontario is set to release a report this afternoon on the spread of COVID-19 variants in the province.

Lecce said local public health departments will continue to have the authority to close schools if there is a public health threat. Hospitalizations are down over 200 from one week ago.

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