COVID-19: What you need to know for February 2

Ontario is recording 745 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths as health officials say a data migration has resulted in an underestimation of Tuesday's count.

A spokeswoman for Ontario's Ministry of Health said that as Toronto migrates to the provincial data system, additional records were reported for the local public health unit, resulting in an overestimate of Monday's daily counts.

Toronto Public Health is reporting a negative case count today.

"At this time, there is no indication that any cases identified in the outbreak had recently travelled or had contact with a person who travelled recently", the health unit said in a statement.

Tuesday's count brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 270,925, including deaths and recoveries.

With the 14 new deaths confirmed by health officials on Tuesday, the province's death toll is now 6,238. The province has removed four deaths previously reported, all four were individuals between 60 and 79 years old.

Hilkene added that fluctuations in case numbers over the next few days are expected as a result.

There are 341 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 354 yesterday) and 253 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 260 yesterday).

There is a backlog of 32,348 tests.

Meanwhile, mayors and chairs of the largest Toronto and Hamilton-area municipalities acknowledged the new traveller testing rules that kicked in Monday. The province is also introducing a provincial antigen screening program for the expansion of rapid testing in high priority settings, such as long-term care homes.

Of the cases reported today there are 161 people under 19 years old, 233 people between 20 and 39 years old, 214 people between 40 and 59 years old, 114 people between 60 and 79 years old, and the report has removed three cases of people over the age of 80.

There have been 109 cases of the more contagious United Kingdom variant, known as B.1.1.7, found in the province.

According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern.

The Thames Valley District school board reported a case of COVID-19 at Central Public School in Woodstock.

Mandatory testing of travelers: Effective as of February 1, there is now mandatory on-arrival testing for global travellers at Toronto Pearson worldwide Airport, the only airport in the province accepting worldwide flights.

Thus far, 344,615 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario, including 2,715 doses administered in the previous day.

In total, 72,057 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.

CP24 reports that Premier Doug Ford will provide an update this afternoon on the province's COVID-19 vaccination program as the government approaches its deadline to provide first doses to all residents of long-term-care and high-risk retirement homes.

The province logged 1,969 new cases on Monday, 1,848 on Sunday, 2,063 on Saturday and 1,837 on Friday.

On Monday, Education Minister Stephen Leece announced that the Ontario government is providing an additional $381 million, provided through the federal Safe Return to Class Fund, to keep schools safe from COVID-19.

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