Ontario reports 56 new COVID-19 deaths, just over 2,000 new cases

By News staff

Ontario is reporting 2,093 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a rise from 1,670 cases the day before.

It marks the first time in four days that the case count has eclipsed 2,000.

Provincial officials say 56 more people have died from coronavirus as the total number of deaths surpassed 6,000. More than 400 people have died as a result of the virus over the past week.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care settings grew by 31 over the past day and now sits at 3,518.

Toronto saw a sharp increase in the number of new infections with 700, followed by Peel Region with 311, and York Region with 228.

The province said 64,664 tests were completed in the past 24 hours and 317,240 doses of the vaccine have been administered to date.

Provincial health officials also say it has been misinterpreting data on the number of people who’ve received both the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.

“Rather than provide data on the number of people who have been fully vaccinated (currently two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine), officials inadvertently provided data on the number of doses administered to achieve full vaccination,” read a statement from the Ministry of Health. “As a result, the number of people who have been fully vaccinated is half of what is currently listed.”

According to updated provincial data, 11,910 doses were administered on Wednesday and the total number of people who have been fully vaccinated now sits at 55,286. Yesterday, the government had reported 96,459 total vaccinations had been completed.

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More than 1,300 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 with just under 400 patients in the ICU. Of those, 276 are currently on a ventilator.

The latest update comes as health officials provide an update on its modelling projections, two weeks after the province issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to curb rising cases.

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