Ontario surpasses 300,000 COVID-19 cases

The province confirms another 1,062 new infections and 20 more deaths

Ontario’s COVID-19 case count passed the 300,000 mark on February 28, with 1,062 more infections reported.

To date, there has been 300,816 confirmed cases of the virus in the province since the outbreak began. Of those, 283,344 cases have recovered and 6,980 people have died.

Another 20 people have died in the past 24 hours. There were no deaths among long-term care home residents reported.

Today’s increase is down over the previous day. The province logged 1,185 new infections on Saturday, 1,258 new on Friday, 1,138 on Thursday and 1,054 on Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases is 1,104, up from 1,031 this time last week.

Labs in the province completed 48,185 tests in the past day, making for a positivity rate of 2.4 per cent, down from 2.7 per cent a week ago.

“Locally, there are 259 new cases in Toronto, 201 in Peel and 86 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

There are now 10,492 active cases in the province. New infections are rising again as parts of the province have reopened under the COVID-19 response framework.

Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay Parry Sound remain under the stay-at-home order. Public health officials will announce this week whether restrictions will ease in those regions on March 8.

Hospitalizations dropped to 627, but intensive care unit admissions are rising again. There are 289 patients in ICUs, including 185 on ventilators.

The total of fast-spreading variant cases now stands at 558, which includes 528 cases of B117 (UK variant), 27 B1351 (South Africa variant) and three cases of P1 (Brazil variant). There was an increase of 22 confirmed variant cases since yesterday.

As of 8 pm last night, the province had administered 687,271 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on February 28

The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:

Toronto = 259

Peel Region = 201

York Region = 86

Region of Waterloo = 60

Halton Region = 47

Hamilton = 45

Southwestern = 43

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 42

Ottawa = 31

Brant County = 31

Lambton = 26

Windsor-Essex = 25

Durham Region = 23

Thunder Bay = 22

Simcoe Muskoka = 20

Niagara Region = 18

Sudbury & Districts = 16

Northwestern = 14

Middlesex-London =13

Peterborough = 7

Haldimand-Norfolk = 6

Chatham-Kent = 5


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