Ontario reports 28 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 1,200

Ontario reports 28 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 1,200

Ontario, despite having the most cases of all the provinces, will open its registration to those 80 years old and over beginning March 15.

Of the cases reported today there are 228 people under 19 years old, 477 people between 20 and 39 years old, 355 people between 40 and 59 years old, 154 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 42 people over the age of 80.

Rtd. Gen. Rick Hillier, head of the province's vaccine task force, said Wednesday the province is champing at the bit, pending vaccine supplies, to get started with the province-wide vaccine rollout.

More than 258,000 people have now completed their full two-dose inoculation.

Hillier could not confirm if all Ontarians will be able to access a COVID-19 vaccine by September, stressing that it would be dependant on vaccine supply.

"I say this, if the vaccines arrive in the numbers required, we'll get them into the arms of the people of Ontario", Hillier said.

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 643,765 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Speaking to the vaccines of other elderly people in communities, Ford said, "I know it's on everyone's mind right now and it's the only thing that I am thinking about".

"I think we've made it through this week holding in the orange, it's good".

"We'll continue to have discussions with the medical officers in around the (Greater Toronto Area) during this tenuous time", Williams said. "Right now, that means focusing in our top priority populations".

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Public Health Ontario has reported 1,138 new cases of COVID-19 today (Feb. 24).

Ontario says 1,094 cases were resolved since Wednesday's report.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,008.6 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

Ontario reported a total of 296,173 cases of which 279,230 were reported as resolved.

There are 283 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 280) and 186 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 189 yesterday).

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 363 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel Region and 94 in York Region.

Twenty-five more people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The health unit has reported 196 cases.

Shots will be administered at pharmacies, mass vaccination sites, mobile units and smaller sites, depending on the public health unit.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 50 cases per 100,000 people from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21, which is a decrease of 1.8 per cent compared to Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 when the average weekly incidence rate was 50.9 cases per 100,000 people.

That recommendation comes as the government ponders whether to impose stronger public health restrictions on regions with rising COVID-19 case numbers.

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