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20210324120344-605b6ce8ca77dbb76794f59fjpeg Daily COVID-19 cases in Ontario soar to over 2,000, another 17 deaths
Kristine Garrett | 26 March, 2021, 12:40

There are sixty-nine new cases of the B.1.17 variant with the total now at 1,458, one new B.1.351 variant case bringing that total to 51 and seven new P.1 variant cases with that total now at 54. We now have 894 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 332 people in the ICU and 212 in the ICU on a ventilator. Of that total, 1,458 cases are of the variant first discovered in the United Kingdom.

Health officials say 60,077 tests were completed over the past 24-hour period, and the positivity rate remained unchanged from the previous day at 3.8 per cent.

Ontario is also reporting 17 more deaths, raising the province's virus-related death toll to 7,280.

Over 36,900 tests are still under investigation.

The B.1.1.7 variant associated with the United Kingdom remains the most common by far, making up 1,549 of all identified variant cases in the province.

A new outbreak has been declared at Chilliwack General Hospital.

Another 15,657 cases have screened positive with a mutation detected, but the lineage for the variant strain not yet sequenced.

As of 8am Thursday there were 312 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 75 are in ICU.

Screeners work to intake patients and field phone calls at the Embassy Grand, a banquet hall turned COVID-19 testing site in Brampton, Ont., on February 19, 2021.

In recent weeks, assessment centres have experienced a growing demand for testing and increased site volumes, a statement from Ottawa's COVID-19 testing taskforce said Thursday. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

A total of 1,755,596 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the province so far.

His administration initially set a goal of 100 million shots administered in 100 days from taking office on January 20, which was met ahead of schedule.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 7,377 cases of COVID-19 with 6,687 of those cases recovered and 195 cases ending in death.

There are now 306 people hospitalized with the virus, 79 of whom are in intensive care.

In addition, the HSE is also to stop accepting new applications for Covid-19 vaccinations from frontline healthcare workers from tomorrow.

Public Health Ontario's Chief Microbiologist Dr. Vanessa Allen said the labs have devised a new method that will mean they can verify which variant of concern each case belongs to without relying on costly and labourious whole genomic sequencing.

The weekly incidence rate in Simcoe Muskoka is 47.9 cases per 100,000, which is up by 9.6 per cent compared to 43.7 cases per 100,000 last week (March 9-15).

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