Canada: COVID-19: Provincial reopening details coming next week, minister says; Ontario reports 1,670 new cases, 46 in Ottawa

COVID-19: Ontario reports lowest daily hike in two months; Ottawa reports 72; military sees case surge

  COVID-19: Ontario reports lowest daily hike in two months; Ottawa reports 72; military sees case surge What you need to know, at a glance Ontario reports 1,670 new cases, lowest daily count since last November 49 more deaths reported, bringing total to 5,958 people since pandemic began There have been 260,370 cases in Ontario, 232,480 considered resolved Hot spots remain Toronto, with 450 new cases, Peel (342), York (171) and Niagara 128 The province reported 82 new cases in Ottawa. Provincial and Ottawa Public Health tallies can differ because data are pulled from different database systems at different times. In surrounding regions, there were 28 new cases identified in the Eastern Ontario public health unit, which includes Cornwall.

a hand holding a cell phone: File: A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine © Provided by Ottawa Citizen File: A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine

What you need to know, at a glance

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada expects to get 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca before the end of June
  • Health Canada is expected to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine next week and Trudeau says he believes the 20 million doses Canada pre-ordered will be delivered before Canada Day
  • Premier Doug Ford to announce economic reopening details next week, labour minister says
  • Provincial cabinet meets to discuss options on emergency order
  • Ontario reported 1,670 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday
  • Toronto remains a provincial hotspot with 667 new cases, along with Peel (317), York (125) and Halton (100)
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 54 new confirmed cases Friday, with the city’s active case count up slightly after weeks of steady decline.
  • There are now 438 active cases in the city,  16 more than Thursday’s data
  • There were 869 active cases in the city as of Jan. 25 and this week began with 599 active cases on Monday.
  • No new deaths have been reported this week and the city’s death toll remains at 422.
  • In regions near Ottawa: Eastern Ontario public health unit reported11 new cases. Hastings reported one new case, but no new cases reported in Kingston, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, or in Renfrew County.
  • There were 45 deaths related to coronavirus reported in the last 24 hour period
  • There have now been 275,330 total cases in the province since the pandemic began
  • 2,233 cases were resolved in the past 24-hour period, bringing total to 253,170 cases
  • Hospitalizations decline to 1,043 patients, with 325 in ICU, 225 of them on ventilators.
  • There were 62,710 tests completed and Ontario’s test positivity rate is at 2.5 per cent, lowest rate since Oct. 22.
  • Mayor Jim Watson says second round of vaccinations at long-term care homes in Ottawa will be complete by the end of Friday.
  • Quebec recorded 1,101 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday,
  • There have been 267,773 cases since the pandemic began.
  • Quebec registered 32 new deaths after removing one death from earlier.
  • The province is heading toward a grim milestone: 10,000 deaths. The death toll now stands at 9,973.
  • Hospitalizations continue to decline, with 30 people released, bringing the total to 1,040.
  • There are 168 people in ICU, a decline of seven cases.
  • There were 25 new cases reported in the Outaouais region, bringing the pandemic total to 5,907. There were also two new deaths, for a total of 156.
  • Quebec administered 4,140 additional vaccine doses, bringing the total to 248,673.

Ontario’s labour minister says Premier Doug Ford will announce details on reopening the province’s economy next week.

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Monte McNaughton did not provide further specifics, but his comments come as the province’s current state of emergency is set to expire on Tuesday.

Ford and his cabinet are meeting Friday to discuss the government’s options surrounding the emergency order.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that Ontario lost almost 153,000 part-time jobs last month, notably in non-essential retail ordered closed by the Ford government.

McNaughton said he trusts business owners across Ontario to follow the rules, despite reports that some are looking to reopen on Feb. 11 in contravention of the orders.

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel. We’re seeing the numbers going down … We’re moving toward reopening the economy and the premier’s going to further communicate that next week.” McNaughton said Friday.

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Ontario reported 1,670 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, which according to Health Minister Christine Elliott is a “slight overestimation” of daily case counts while data collected from local public units is migrating to a central system.

Toronto Public Health reported 125 additional cases Friday that were not “fully migrated” during the transition to the province’s COVID Case Management (CCM) system this week, Elliott said, “resulting in a slight overestimation of today’s case numbers.”

Toronto remains a provincial hotspot with 667 new cases reported Friday, along with surrounding regions in Peel (317), York (125) and Halton (100 new cases).

There were 46 new cases reported in Ottawa, the same daily case total as Thursday, according to provincial data.

There are often discrepancies between the province and local public health units in daily case counts. Ottawa Public Health is also completing its data migration to the CCM system, and in the meantime will continue using its own system, which pulls daily data at 4 p.m. and reports the numbers around 12:30 p.m. the following day.

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OPH says its data is typically the most up-to-date.

In surrounding regions, the Eastern Ontario public health unit, which includes Cornwall and Alexandria is reporting 11 new confirmed cases. There is one new case in Hastings, and no new cases were reported in Kingston, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, or in Renfrew County.

There were 45 deaths related to coronavirus reported in the last 24-hour period in Ontario.

There have now been 275,330 total cases in the province since the beginning of the pandemic and 6,438 related deaths.

Another 2,233 cases were resolved in the past 24-hour period and 253,170 cases are now considered resolved.

Ontario’s hospitalization rate continues its gradual decline, with 1,043 patients in hospitals across the province, with 325 in ICU, 225 of them requiring a ventilator.

There were 62,710 tests completed and Ontario’s test positivity rate is at 2.5 per cent. That figure is the lowest it has been since Oct. 22.

On Thursday, Ontario’s Chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams cited the data as a positive indicator that the second wave of the virus is beginning to recede, though, he warned, the province remains in a “precarious situation.”

46 new coronavirus cases in London and Middlesex, 1 year after region reported first case

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Williams said there has been a “significant drop” in daily new case counts to the range of those seen in mid-November.

“That’s why felt it was OK to have our schools in a staged phase,” Williams said Thursday.

The provincial test positivity rate is now below three per cent for the first time since October.

The daily test positivity rate was at 2.6 per cent Thursday, the first time that rate had dipped below three per cent since October.

The average test positivity rate in Ottawa is 1.9 per cent for the past week.

While hospitalizations and ICU admissions have also declined, Williams said those numbers need to be cut in half, at least, for hospitals to get back to any form of normal elective procedures.

“With all this data that’s moving around right now, with our (daily case) numbers changing, our volume of testing and per cent positivity changing at the same time the mutations and variants are coming up, we’re in a very precarious situation. And so we are trying to look at those numbers very carefully,” Williams said.

Schools are opening Monday in 13 of 16 remaining public health units that remain under lockdown across the province. Schools in the last three districts — in Toronto, Peel and York — are slated to reopen the following week, after the Family Day long weekend.

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Local

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 54 new confirmed cases Friday, with the city’s active case count showing a slight increase after weeks of steady decline.

There are now 438 active cases in the city. That’s 16 more active cases than Thursday’s data.

That indicator had been decreasing daily over the past several weeks. There were 869 active cases in the city as of Jan. 25 and this week began with 599 active cases on Monday.

No new deaths have been reported this week and the city’s death toll remains at 422.

There have been 13,539 total cases in the city and of those, 12,678 are considered resolved.

There are 28 patients in Ottawa hospitals and six in intensive care.

According to Mayor Jim Watson, the second round of vaccinations at long-term care homes in Ottawa will be complete by the end of the day. Watson called it a “significant milestone” in the city’s vaccination campaign.

Watson, along with Coun. Matthew Luloff, chair of the city’s community and protective services committee, sent thanks to “our amazing paramedics for their dedication.”

National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada expects to get its 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca before the end of June.

COVID-19: Ottawa reports 26 new cases; Reopening underway in 3 Ontario regions; 1,072 new cases in province

  COVID-19: Ottawa reports 26 new cases; Reopening underway in 3 Ontario regions; 1,072 new cases in province What you need to know, at a glance Ottawa Public Health reports 26 new cases, one more death Three eastern Ontario health unit regions out of shutdown as of Wednesday 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 reported, with 41 additional deaths. 948 people hospitalized, (up 39, with 313 people in ICU (down five) There are 13,270 active cases of COVID-19. A week ago, there were 16,811. Wednesday’s total includes 40 in Ottawa, according to the province Four new cases in Hastings Prince Edward, two in both Eastern Ontario and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, and one in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District. Case count was unchanged in Renfrew County and District. 228 U.K.

Health Canada is expected to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine next week and the prime minister says he believes the 20 million doses Canada pre-ordered from the company will be delivered before Canada Day.

Those doses would double the number of Canadians who could be vaccinated in the spring, from 10 million with existing vaccines to 20 million with those and AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

Speaking at a morning news briefing, Trudeau said he is in regular contact with the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, and they have assured him that their pledge to deliver those doses by the end of March will still be honoured.

The supply of doses to Canada has slowed to a trickle as both corporations struggle with production issues. Trudeau said Pfizer indicated the number of doses they deliver will increase by mid-February.

A faster rollout will follow in the spring, when an additional 20 million doses have been promised by the two companies already authorized by Health Canada to distribute vaccines.

Quebec

Quebec recorded 1,101 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 267,773 since the pandemic began.

Quebec also registered 32 new deaths after removing one death from earlier. Today’s deaths include seven over the previous 24 hours.

The province is heading toward a grim milestone: 10,000 deaths. The death toll now stands at 9,973.

Hospitalizations continue to decline, with 30 people released, bringing the total to 1,040.

There are 168 people in ICU, a decline of seven cases.

There were 25 new cases reported in the Outaouais region, bringing the pandemic total to 5,907. There were also two new deaths, for a total of 156.

Quebec administered 4,140 additional vaccine doses, bringing the total to 248,673.

-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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