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Ontario reports over 1,900 new coronavirus cases, setting record for 2nd straight day



Ontario reported 1,924 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 127,309.

It marks the largest single-day increase in cases to date in the province, beating the previous record set Saturday at 1,859.

“Locally, there are 568 new cases in Toronto, 477 in Peel and 249 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

“There are 1,574 more resolved cases.”

A total of 107,990 cases are considered resolved, which is 84.8 per cent of all confirmed cases.

Fifteen additional deaths were reported Sunday, bringing the provincial death toll to 3,772.

More than 59,200 additional tests were completed, which is among all-time highs. Ontario has now completed a total of 6,581,306 tests, while 47,850 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the test positivity rate for the last day is 3.9 per cent.

The newly reported numbers are valid as of Saturday afternoon.

There are 701 people hospitalized with the virus (down by eight), with 204 in intensive care (up by two) and 109 on a ventilator (down by seven).

The province notes that not all hospitals have reported patient statuses for Dec. 4 — as is often the case on weekends — possibly causing the reported number of hospitalizations to be lower than it actually is.

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

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  • 62,141 people are male
  • 64,405 people are female
  • 15,561 people are 19 and under
  • 46,610 people are 20 to 39
  • 36,461 people are 40 to 59
  • 18,379 people are 60 to 79
  • 10,280 people are 80 and over


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

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.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,293 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is up by 23. There are currently 111 outbreaks in long-term care homes, which is an increase of four.

There are 686 active cases among long-term care residents and 568 among staff.

Officials have said there may be a discrepancy between overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province’s health database system is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data.



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Daily COVID-19 vaccinations jump as more doses arrive in B.C. – North Shore News



COVID-19 vaccinations are on an upward trend once again following the arrival of more doses in B.C.

The province’s entire supply of the Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE vaccine was used up early in the week, leading to dips in the number of people being vaccinated on a daily basis.

There have been 69,746 vaccinations as of Thursday (January 14), up from the 63,430 reported a day earlier.

Just over 1,100 vaccinations were administered during the province’s previous 24-hour reporting period — much lower than the 6,315 vaccinations reported Thursday.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said about 25,000 additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have arrived since he last briefed media Wednesday.

“We’re expecting more Moderna vaccine before the end of the week and that allows us to continue across health authorities,” he said, adding workers and residents at long-term care homes remain the top priority.

The Moderna Inc. vaccine is easier to transport than the competing Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the latter of which must be maintained at temperatures as low as -80C before being thawed.

Once thawed, it must be administered within about five hours.

Those factors make Moderna more practical to bring to long-term care homes than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which initially was only administered at the manufacturer’s sites of delivery back in December before Pfizer loosened its restrictions.

More than 2.6 million doses of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna are expected to arrive in the province between April and June.

That’s up from the 792,000 doses due to be delivered between mid-December 2020 and March 2021.

The spring estimates do not include any vaccines that have not yet been approved by Health Canada.

For example, more doses could arrive in B.C. in the spring if regulators were to approve the AstraZeneca plc. vaccine, which was given the green light in the U.K. last month.

Vulnerable populations will be the focus of vaccinations between now and March but provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said more details will be forthcoming next week about plans to begin administering doses to the broader population.

“We’ve been thinking about this quite a lot,” Henry said.

“We know that we want to provide vaccine to people over the age of 18, who live in the communities, who aren’t in long-term care … How do we do that in a way that makes sure that everybody is in contact and knows where to go, doesn’t have to stand for hours in the rain as we’ve seen in some places, other places. So we are working on that. We have some great ideas that are coming together and we’ll be providing more data.”


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Vaccine arriving in Ottawa on Tuesday will go to those who have had first dose – Ottawa Citizen



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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the delay would not affect plans to have enough vaccines available for every Canadian who wanted to be vaccinated by fall.

Meanwhile, all residents in Ottawa’s long-term care homes have had the opportunity to be vaccinated — and that is cause for celebration, Etches said.

According to data from 24 of Ottawa’s 28 LTC homes, about 96 per cent of LTC residents have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with data from the other four homes expected to follow.

“We are so pleased to have reached this milestone,” Etches said. “We still need the protection of staying two metres apart. That is what this lockdown is all about.”

Next on the priority list are residents of retirement homes and other older adults in congregate settings, older adults in Indigenous communities and people with chronic conditions receiving home care.

Etches says Ottawa’ is ready to get vaccines to people as soon as the doses are available. Retirement homes have already been preparing for the arrival of the vaccine by ensuring that consent forms have been signed, she said.

So far, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been available in Ottawa.

Etches said she has not received word on if or when the Moderna vaccine would be available in Ottawa. Moderna’s rollout has so far been prioritized for northern communities that do not have access to the specialized freezers needed to keep the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at -70 C. The Moderna vaccine is shipped at -20 C.

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132 new COVID-19 cases reported in Waterloo, total number climbs past 8,000 – Global News



Waterloo Public Health reported 132 new positive tests for the coronavirus on Friday, raising the total number of cases in the area to 8,088.

This is the lowest number of new cases that the agency has announced since Jan. 3.

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On the flip side, another 182 people were cleared of the virus, lifting the total number of resolved cases to 6,862.

There have been no new COVID-19-related deaths reported in four days leaving the death toll in Waterloo Region sitting at 179.

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The number of active cases drops to 1,045 but there are now 37 people in area hospitals as a result of COVID-19, including 20 people who are in intensive care.

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The COVID-19 vaccine has been administered in Waterloo Region 10,068 times, with 1,009 of those coming on Thursday.

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There were no new COVID-19 outbreaks announced for Waterloo Region, however, there are still 42 remaining which continues to be a record number.

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 2,998 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 231,308.

Friday’s case count is lower than Thursday’s, which saw 3,326 new infections. On Wednesday, 2,961 new cases were recorded and 2,903 on Tuesday.

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“Locally, there are 800 new cases in Toronto, 618 in Peel, 250 in York Region, 161 in Waterloo and 153 in Niagara,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The death toll in the province has risen to 5,289, after 100 more deaths were reported — marking the highest daily number of deaths.

However, the Ontario government noted some of the deaths included in Friday’s report are from one public health unit and are also from earlier in the pandemic that the provincial database had missed.

–With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

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