Ontario reports 1,172 new coronavirus cases, 67 more deaths

A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver British Columbia Wednesday Sept. 2 2020. The Vancouver School Board put on a tour to show the COVID-19 precautions being taken to help keep children safe in the

Much lower case count today in Ontario due to Toronto Public Health data switch

The majority of schools will reopen Monday while those in Toronto and its suburbs will resume in-person learning on Feb 16.

All students in Ontario began January with online learning as part of a provincial lockdown.

"I want to be clear if things change, if trends move in the wrong direction we will not hesitate to act following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Healt", Lecce said on Wednesday.

The province has previously said that schools in five COVID-19 hot spots as well as several other regions would reopen for in-person learning by February 10.

Premier Doug Ford will provide an update on Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan on Tuesday afternoon.

As of last week, the number of United Kingdom variant COVID-19 cases in the province is posted daily on the Ontario COVID-19 website, with a breakdown of how many cases have occurred per public health unit included in the provincial epidemiologic summary.

Ontario's top physician, Dr. David Williams, was joined by Lecce to confirm that these various school boards - such as Durham, Halton, Hamilton, and Windsor-Essex, among others, - have been deemed safe to re-open following months of virtual, at-home learning. However, with daily case numbers still above 1,000, and new variants of the virus at play, they're unsure of what to do. "In my mind we are unquestionably remaining at a dangerously high number of cases", he said.

Bogoch said having adequate testing and tracing capacity will be very important to prevent transmission within schools.

Morris said it's not poor communication. "He really should correct the record".

"We have seen a consistent decline in key transmission rates and with the full support of the chief medical officer of health". With the reduced shipment anticipated to be received late this week, doses will be delivered to public health units across Ontario to ensure residents of these homes are offered their first dose by February 10, 2021.

Officials have included a section for confirmed variant cases and have listed 106 United Kingdom variant (B.1.1.7) cases and one South African variant (B.1.351) detected so far in the province. More than half the residents, 66 out of 129, in a long term home in Barrie, Ontario have died after the United Kingdom variant spread throughout that home.

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