Ontario announces who's next in line for COVID-19 vaccines

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2021

Ontario is reporting under 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for a third straight day.

He went on to claim that provincial sick days would simply duplicate the federal government's Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, although many have already pointed out the CRSB is created to help those who have already tested positive for COVID-19, whereas paid sick days would instead protect workers who may be showing early symptoms.

The case and death counts weren't updated on Monday due to the Family Day holiday.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit became the latest to confirm a case of the variant first discovered in South Africa, which is one of three "variants of concern" that has been detected in the province.

But at a subsequent news conference at Queen's Park, Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe conceded that are not yet specific thresholds for when officials might consider using the mechanism.

TVO.org reporters and editors are tracking stories about the coronavirus pandemic in all regions of the province. Officials reported 251 new cases in Toronto, 201 in Peel and 93 in York Region on Monday.

Officials reported that 742 people are now in hospital due to COVID-19, but noted some hospitals have not submitted data on their bed use, which may have resulted in an underestimation.

Of the newly announced cases, 320 are in Toronto, 154 are in Peel, and 118 are in York Region.

Tuesday's 904 cases come as many regions across the province have lifted their stay-at-home order.

"That's why right now the public health lab is actually ... testing every single positive case of COVID-19 now for (genome) sequencing", Yaffe said Tuesday.

"I wouldn't call it reopening, I'd call it transitioning", said Premier Doug Ford on Tuesday.

Ontario reported 309 cumulative cases of the United Kingdom variant, nine cases of the South African variant, including an outbreak at one Mississauga condo identified over the weekend, and one case of the Brazilian variant that was confirmed in Toronto.

Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and North Bay Parry Sound District are not included in the regions moving into the tiered system and the province's stay-at-home order will remain in place until February 22.

You can find a complete break down of the Provincial numbers online here.

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