Ontario reports 975 new coronavirus cases, 12 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 975 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 295,119.

Tuesday’s case count is lower than Monday’s which saw 1,058 new infections. On Sunday, 1,087 new cases were recorded and 1,228 on Saturday.

It is also the first time in the last six days that the daily case count dipped below 1,000. However, tests completed were the lowest it’s been in a couple months.

According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 343 cases were recorded in Toronto, 186 in Peel Region and 89 in York Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 6,884 as 12 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 277,939 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,002 from the previous day.

There were marginally more resolved cases on Tuesday than new cases.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,296 — down from the previous day when it was 10,335, and down from last Tuesday at 11,604. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 25,979 tests were processed in the last 24 hours — the lowest number of tests completed since early November. There is currently a backlog of 28,802 tests awaiting results. A total of 10,751,300 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Tuesday was 4.2 per cent, up from Monday when it was 3.3 per cent, and up from a week ago at 3.6 per cent.

Ontario reported 718 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 72 from the previous day) with 280 patients in intensive care units (up by three) and 186 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by three).

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, the province has administered 585,707 COVID-19 vaccine doses, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

— More to come.

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