Ontario reports more than 5,800 new coronavirus cases over past 2 days

Ontario has reported a total of 5,839 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the past two days, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the province to 187,998.

The province published two days’ worth of coronavirus data on Saturday morning. No numbers were released on New Year’s Day.

There were 2,476 new cases reported on Friday and 3,363 new cases on Saturday. Saturday’s total marks the largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began.

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However, a ministry of health spokesperson noted that because of a data issue, cases for Toronto Public Health were underreported for Friday and overreported for Saturday.

“Today, there are 713 new cases in Peel, 700 in Toronto, 395 in York Region, 226 in Windsor-Essex County and 171 in Hamilton,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

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A total of 160,526 cases are considered resolved, which is 85.4 per cent of all confirmed cases.

Ninety-five additional deaths have been reported over the past two days — 51 on Friday and 44 on Saturday — raising the provincial death toll to 4,625.

Nearly 70,600 additional tests were completed for Friday’s report and more than 61,400 were done for Saturday. The province indicated that the positivity rate was 5.3 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively.

There are 1,003 people reported to be hospitalized with the virus, which is down by 257 compared to Friday when that figure was at 1,260. However, the province noted that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit their daily bed census for Saturday’s report, likely causing the reported number of hospitalizations to be lower than it actually is.

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There are 322 people in intensive care and 220 on a ventilator.

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Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

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  • 92,028 people are male
  • 94,819 people are female
  • 24,328 people are 19 and under
  • 68,379 people are 20 to 39
  • 54,218 people are 40 to 59
  • 27,197 people are 60 to 79
  • 13,831 people are 80 and over

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,769 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of 20. There are currently 188 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

There are 1,159 active cases among long-term care residents and 1,009 among staff.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, 33,191 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 4,305 from the previous day.

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