Of the 1,072 new infections confirmed on Wednesday, Toronto has 393, Peel region 196 and York region 125.
Among the other regions with the most cases, we find:
- Waterloo : +47
- Ottawa : +40
- Simcoe Muskoka : +29
- Hamilton : +28
- Halton : +28
- Windsor-Essex : +24
- Middlesex-London : +22
- Durham : +21
In the past week, the average new cases per day in Ontario was 1,353.
In total, Ontario has recorded 281,566 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Public health deplores 41 more deaths on Wednesday, bringing the toll to 6,596.
Deconfinement in Ontario began on Wednesday in three regions, where the order to stay at home was lifted and non-essential businesses were able to reopen, but with a reduced number of customers. One of these regions, the county of Prince Edward, however, imposed restrictions to visitors.
According to the provincial plan, 28 other regions must be deconfined on Tuesday next, while the hot zones of Toronto, York and Peel will have to wait until February 22.
Increase in hospitalizations
The number of hospitalizations rose slightly on Wednesday, reaching 948 (+39).
- Number of ICU patients: 313 (-5)
- Number of patients on ventilators: 226 (+3)
There are 1709 new healings. The number of active cases is 13,270 (-678), less than half of the peak reached after the holiday season.
The number of confirmed cases in Ontario of the British variant increases to 228 (+1).
There are still 3 cases of the South African coronavirus mutation and 1 case of the Brazilian variant.
Many heads of local public health offices are worried about the Ford government’s decision to lift the stay-at-home order, despite the spread of variants. The medical officers of health in Toronto and the Simcoe Muskoka region have expressed their concerns publicly.
The Ontario Health Coalition points out that the British variant is already linked to a major outbreak that has left 49 people dead in a long-term care center north of Toronto. One of the more contagious variants would also be responsible for outbreak in North Bay apartment building.
The situation is “very worrying”, according to the Executive Director of the Coalition, Natalie Mehra, who is urging Prime Minister Doug Ford to act now.
The Ford government did not act quickly enough to prevent the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths before the second wave. The province again failed the task before Hanukkah and Christmas. That doesn’t have to be the case again.
Ms. Mehra calls, among other things, for more staff in homes for the elderly, in addition to ensuring that these employees have adequate protective equipment.
Outbreaks in homes
There are 5 fewer outbreaks in long-term care facilities, for a total of 200.
In contrast, there are at least 15 more deaths and 27 more infections since Tuesday among residents of nursing homes.
All residents of long-term care facilities in Ontario were required to have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, dated February 10. The Department of Health plans to meet this target by the end of the day.
Just over 52,500 drug tests have been performed in the past 24 hours.
This is more than in the previous two days, but still below the capacity of labs affiliated with the province, which can analyze 70,000 samples per day.
The test positivity rate is 2.5% on Wednesday.
Nearly 13,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province since Tuesday.