Ontario's new COVID cases drop below 1,000 as data issues persist

Ontario is reporting less than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday with only 122 cases in Toronto as that health region continues to deal with an ongoing data cleanup.

The new positive cases include 209 in Peel Region, 171 in York Region and 122 in Toronto. Once again, todays number are underreported as Toronto Public Health did not report all of their cases as part of their migration to ccm.

Provincial health officials say there are 705 people hospitalized with the virus across Ontario, but they expect that number to increase as 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census on Sunday, which is often observed on weekends.

Meanwhile, 786 people in Ontario are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 23 over the previous day.

The province has reported 303 lab-confirmed cases of the United Kingdom variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). Sunday's figures brought the provincial test positivity rate to 2.6 per cent. The last time it was that low as October 16th.

There were no new cases of the South African variant in addition to the three cases already reported.

There are 299 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 313) and 211 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 226 yesterday).

Another 15,947 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed.

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The province has reported 41 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and six new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units. To date, 10 million tests have been completed.

According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. That brings the total number of first doses administered in the province to 467,626.

In the Ministry of Health's latest epidemiological summary, it says case counts from TPH "may fluctuate" due to the data transition.

Elliott said almost 58,800 tests were completed and 456,947 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

There were 14,717 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Feb 10, up from 13,486 on February 9.

More than 165,000 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.

The 42 additional deaths reported on Saturday push Ontario's total COVID-related death toll to 6,693.

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