Ontario reports 1,087 new COVID-19 cases; active caseload lowest since early Nov. 2020
Published Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:17AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 21, 2021 2:22PM EST
Ontario reported 1,087 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday along with 13 deaths, as the number of active cases in the province approached one-third of the level it stood at five weeks ago.
Across the GTA, Toronto reported 344 new cases, Peel Region reported 156 new cases and York Region, which reopens indoor dining, retailers and gyms tomorrow, reported 122.
Ontario reported 1,228 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, 1,150 on Friday, 1,038 on Thursday and 847 on Wednesday.
There are now 10,300 active cases of novel coronavirus infection across the province, down from 12,343 a week ago and a peak of more than 30,000 active cases reported on Jan. 12.
The seven-day rolling average of cases stood at 1,031 on Sunday, up from 1,016 on Saturday.
Provincial labs processed more than 48,000 test specimens in the past 48 hours, generating a positivity rate of at least 2.7 per cent.
A further 17,300 test specimens remain under investigation.
Four of the thirteen deaths reported on Sunday involved residents of the long-term care system, bringing the total confirmed death toll in the province since last March to 6,861.
Meanwhile centrally-reported hospitalizations fell to 660, from 699 one day earlier.
Of those, 277 were intensive care and 181 were breathing with the help of a ventilator.
The total count of variants of concern (VOC) confirmed through whole genomic sequencing rose by five in the past 24 hours.
There have now been 391 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the United Kingdom, nine cases of the B.1.351 variant first found in South Africa and one of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil.
Another 16,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of shots administered in Ontario to 556,553.
At least 235,900 people have completed the full two-dose inoculation.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. 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.