Province Confirms 975 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

Henrietta Brewer
February 26, 2021

"A week ago there were 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants in Toronto".

The province's total case count since the start of the pandemic now sits at 295,119.

There have been 26 COVID-related deaths in the province.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says there were 6,300 tests done in the past day and that 4.4 per cent came back positive.

As of Tuesday, 1.1 million Canadians have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,058 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning as more regions enter the province's reopening framework.

The province has reported 1 case of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.

The people were tested earlier this month and their cases are being reinvestigated. Variant B.1.1.7 was originally reported in the United Kingdom, and has proven to be more infectious than the original strain.

There were 40 new cases reported in Ottawa, according to provincial data. That will depend on how well vaccines prevent not just serious illness and death, but also the spread of the novel coronavirus.

That is well above the average daily injections done so far, but vaccine deliveries are much bigger than they were, with more than one million doses delivered since February 15.

"TPH and primary care leaders from Toronto Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) are meeting regularly to strategize the best ways to ensure coordinated involvement of primary care providers in COVID-19 vaccine delivery", Dubey said.

The province's top doctor said Ontario continues to be in a "tenuous position" and stressed that people must continue to follow public health orders even if some restrictions are loosened.

Quebec will begin vaccinating its general population aged 85 years and older starting next week.

Legault says authorities will focus on vaccinating people in the greater Montreal area because of the high number of infections in the region.

The number of ongoing outbreaks at seniors' facilities in the region dropped to five, after a long-running outbreak at Middlesex Terrace in Delaware, Ont. was declared over. The health unit has reported 261 cases.

"We are ensuring through our vaccine distribution that the people most close to their communities - the public health units - are making the decisions on what is the fastest and easiest and most equitable way to ensure that people get the vaccines they need", she said.

Hospitalizations declined by 9 to 680, however intensive care numbers elevated by three to 120.

Premier François Legault and Well being Minister Christian Dubé are anticipated to stipulate the province's plan for mass vaccination later at present at a information convention.

Algoma Public Health: 195 cases, rate of 170.4 per 100,000 people.

Officials say 27 tickets were issued last week, majority related to gatherings in private homes or outdoors.

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