Ontario reports highest COVID-19 case count of the week

Pablo Tucker
February 14, 2021

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.

In her tweet, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott did not say there was an error in data reporting today but did indicate that just over 100 new cases were confirmed in Toronto, which has repeatedly experienced issues in providing case numbers to the province after migrating to the provincial data reporting system.

In the daily epidemiological summary released by the province today, it indicates that Toronto Public Health case counts "may fluctuate" following the health unit's migration.

The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

786 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 763 reported yesterday.

The daily update also reported one new death, which is the death originally reported late Thursday in connection with the outbreak at Health Sciences North.

The province reported 58,760 tests were processed yesterday, resulting in a 2.2 per cent positivity rate.

The province completed 62,012 tests yesterday.

The Province has confirmed 41 new cases of the COVID-19 variant that originated in the United Kingdom bringing the total to 275.

According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. Of those patients, 203 are on ventilators.

Case counts have been low in recent days due to under-reporting from Toronto.

883 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 948 reported yesterday. Another 1,415 cases have been labelled resolved, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 264,459.

As of 8 p.m. on February 12, the province reported 456,947 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.

Ontario also reported 42 more deaths on Sunday, with 17 among long-term care home residents.

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