Good news on the COVID battle today as no new cases were reported by the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit, active cases remained at six, and the Province announced we'll be out of lockdown and into the red zone on Monday.
The Health Unit says the case total remains at 266.
The Timiskaming Health Unit reports seven active cases, and has been elevated from the green level to orange.
The Sudbury Health Unit reports 154 cases an increase of 30 today. Sudbury will move up to the red level from orange.
The Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit reports 416 active cases, a daily increase of 27. It moves to the red zone Monday.
In northern Ontario, the breakdown of Public Health Ontario data is:
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 265 cases, rate of 204.2 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 267 cases. There are six known active cases. There are two confirmed cases of the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7) variant, and 16 confirmed cases of the South African (B.1.351) variant of concern. The shutdown and stay-at-home order are still in effect in the region until at least March 8.
- Timiskaming Health Unit: 99 cases, rate of 302.9 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 101 cases. There are eight known active cases. There is one confirmed case of the South African (B.1.351) variant of concern. The region is in the green - prevent zone.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 713 cases, rate of 358.3 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 714 cases. There are 124 known active cases. There are three confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases, both are the UK (B.1.1.7) strain. The region is in the orange - restrict zone.
- Algoma Public Health: 200 cases, rate of 174.8 per 100,000 people. There are six known active cases. The region is in the yellow - protect zone.
- Porcupine Health Unit: 342 cases, rate of 409.9 per 100,000 people. There are 12 known active cases. The region is in the orange - restrict zone.
- Northwestern Health Unit: 494 cases, rate of 563.4 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 500 confirmed cases. There are 44 known active cases. There is one confirmed case of the UK (B.1.1.7) variant. The region is in the yellow - protect zone.
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 1,804 cases, rate of 1,203 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 1,795 cases, There are 397 known active cases. The region is in the grey - lockdown level.
Public Health Ontario has reported 1,250 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 5).
Today's report includes 1,159 recoveries and 22 new deaths, of which, two were long-term care residents.
The deaths reported today include one person between 40 and 59 years old, 11 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 10 people aged 80 or older.
The province has reported 59 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and nine new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.
The March 5 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:
- 10,378 active cases, which is up from 10,309 yesterday
- 643 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 649 reported yesterday.
- There are 280 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 281) and 183 COVID patients on ventilators (same as yesterday)
- The province reported 64,748 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 2.3 per cent positivity rate.
- Another 34,037 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 11.2 million tests have been completed.
- Of the 1,250 new cases reported today, 337 are from Toronto, 167 cases are from Peel, 129 are from York Region, and 35 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
- There are 85 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 56 at retirement homes, and 26 at hospitals.
- The new cases reported today include 226 individuals aged 19 and under, 465 people between 20 and 39 years old, 367 people between 40 and 59 years old, 159 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 34 people aged 80 and over.
Variants of concern
- The province has reported 799 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7).
- The province has reported 31 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
- The province has reported 3 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.
- According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.
- There were 35,886 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 4, which is up from 30,409 administered on Mar. 3.
- As of 8 p.m. on March 4, the province reported 820,714 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
- In total, 269,063 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
Public Health Ontario has confirmed 306,007 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 288,583 recoveries and 7,046 deaths, of which 3,873 were individuals living in long-term care homes.
The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,058.7 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.
The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 51.1 cases per 100,000 people, which is a decrease of 0.4 per cent from last week (Feb. 17-23).