Ontario reports more than 2,100 new coronavirus cases, 17 deaths

Ontario reported 2,123 new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 158,053.

Seventeen new deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 4,167.

Monday marks the seventh day in a row more than 2,000 new cases were reported in the province.

“Locally, there are 611 new cases in Toronto, 480 in Peel, 192 in York Region and 138 in Windsor-Essex County,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

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A total of 134,867 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is 85.3 per cent of all confirmed cases.

More than 54,500 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 7,426,037 tests, while 39,106 remain under investigation.

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The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 4.7 per cent, which is up from Sunday’s report, when it was 3.6 per cent, and up from last Monday’s, when it was 4.6 per cent.

There are 915 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 40), with 265 in intensive care (up by four) and 152 on a ventilator (down by four).

The province notes that not all hospitals have reported patient statuses for Monday’s report — as is often the case on weekends — possibly causing the reported number of hospitalizations to be lower than it actually is.

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

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  • 77,548 people are male
  • 79,521 people are female
  • 20,261 people are 19 and under
  • 57,756 people are 20 to 39
  • 45,297 people are 40 to 59
  • 22,673 people are 60 to 79
  • 12,032 people are 80 and over

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

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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.

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Long-term care

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,508 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of six. There are currently 160 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

There are 965 active cases among long-term care residents and 959 among staff.

Schools and child-care centres

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 7,292 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario — 5,103 among students and 1,094 among staff (1,095 individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 154 cases within a 24-hour period.

There have been a total of 1,219 confirmed cases within child-care centres and homes — an increase of 18.

On Monday’s, numbers are included from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Schools across Ontario are now closed for winter holiday break.

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