COVID-19: Ontario reviews one other ‘underestimate’ with 945 new circumstances; Training minister to make 2 p.m. announcement

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Training Minister Stephen Lecce is ready to seem at a 2 p.m. information convention Thursday the place it’s anticipated the Ontario authorities will announce its choice on March Break.

It has been broadly speculated the province is contemplating delaying the five-day break till later within the faculty yr, or probably ending the college yr 5 days sooner than at the moment scheduled in June.

Lecce will make the announcement at Queen’s Park this afternoon, the place he can be joined by Well being Minister Christine Elliott and Ontario’s chief medical officer of well being Dr. David Williams.

Dr. Steini Brown is scheduled for a separate three p.m. information convention to unveil the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Desk’s most up-to-date projections on the unfold of the virus.

Ontario is reporting 945 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, which Elliott mentioned Thursday is one other “underestimate” of the province’s each day case rely.

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Toronto Public Well being, the most important unit in Ontario and a provincial hotspot, is continuous its “information migration” to the province’s centralized (CCM) system.

Toronto reported solely 112 new circumstances Thursday, numbers which Elliott mentioned are “under-reported … leading to an underestimate of the each day counts.”

Different hotspots within the GTA confirmed 258 new circumstances in Peel area and 116 in York area.

There have been 63 new circumstances reported in Ottawa, in line with provincial information.

There are sometimes discrepancies between Ontario’s each day case counts and people logged by native public well being items whereas the province is finishing its information migration to the CCM system. Ottawa Public Well being continues to make use of its personal system within the meantime, which pulls native information every afternoon and reviews the numbers round 12:30 p.m. the next day. OPH says its information is usually probably the most up-to-date.

There have been 15 circumstances confirmed Thursday within the Jap Ontario public well being unit after that area, which incorporates Cornwall and Alexandria, reported solely two circumstancesyesterday.

There have been three new circumstances in Hastings, 5 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, three in Renfrew County, and no new circumstances reported in Kingston.

There have been 68,812 checks accomplished within the 24-hour reporting interval throughout Ontario, with a mean 2.three per cent take a look at positivity.

One other 1,344 circumstances have been resolved in that interval.

There have now been 282,511 whole circumstances for the reason that starting of the pandemic, and of these, 263,044 are actually thought-about resolved.

There have been 18 new deaths reported throughout the province, the place the dying toll is now at 6,614.

On the vaccination entrance, Ontario administered 14,717 doses within the earlier 24 hours and has now administered 426,836 whole vaccine doses.