Your main takeaway today:
-For the third day in a row, the province set a new one-day vaccination record, with over 35,000 administered yesterday
-Friday’s provincial caseload increase is the first above 1,000 in four days
Provincial COVID-19 numbers as per Public Health Ontario, updated daily by 11 a.m.
- New cases reported Friday: 1,250 (306,007 to date)
- New recoveries reported Friday: 1,159 (288,583 to date)
- New deaths reported Friday: 22 (7,046 to date)
- Vaccine doses administered by Thursday at 8 p.m.: 35,886 (820,714 total doses administered, 269,063 people fully vaccinated)
- Number of patients hospitalized as of Friday: 643
- Number of patients in ICU as of Friday: 280 (183 on a ventilator)
- Number of new tests processed by Thursday: 64,748
- Percent positivity: 2.3 percent
Local COVID-19 numbers as per the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, updated Monday to Friday by 3 p.m.
- Number of new cases reported Thursday: 35 (6,589 to date)
- Number of variant-of-concern* (VOC) cases reported Thursday: 11 (216 to date)
- Cases being screened for VOC: 138
- Number of active cases as of Thursday: 439
- Number of active VOC cases: 7
- Number of new recoveries Thursday: 26 (5,906 to date)
- Number of deaths reported Thursday: 0 (189 to date)
- Number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19: 19
- Number of vaccines administered Wednesday at 8 p.m.: 1,037 (45,199 to date)
*Variants of concern are derived from prior positive COVID-19 tests; the health unit rescreens prior positive test samples for a VOC, thus VOCs are not on top of new COVID-19 cases but a subset of them.
- Tests run in Simcoe County last week: 228 per 100,000 people
- Tests run in Muskoka District last week: 84 per 100,000 people
- Percent positivity^: 2.2 percent
^Percent positivity is the percentage of positive tests among all tests run, and the goal is to get that number below 1.0 percent.
There were 27 outbreaks being reported in the region as of March 4, the most recent of which is Woods Park Care Centre in Barrie, declared February 28. Below is a summary of those outbreaks that can be publicly reported. Names of congregate settings and workplaces are not made public by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.