Ontario reports 904 COVID-19 cases

Ontario reports 1868 new COVID-19 cases as stay-at-home order lifts in 27 public health units

Ontario reports 904 COVID-19 cases

As of February 16, in publicly funded schools in Ontario, there are 22 new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,285) one new school-related staff cases (for a total of 1,125), and no new cases in an "individual not identified" (for a total of 1,125); 110 schools have a reported case, and four school are now closed.

Thirteen more deaths from the virus were reported Tuesday, and there were also 13 recorded Monday.

The province warns that the province's case totals may be impacted by fluctuating numbers in Toronto due to an ongoing data issue at the city's public health unit.

Premier Doug Ford said the government won't hesitate to use an "emergency brake" to swiftly move regions back into lockdown if COVID-19 cases spike.

The province said almost 30,400 tests were completed on Sunday and more than 27,000 people were tested on Monday. Health officials consider the spread under control if it's below one.

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Tuesday's 904 cases come as many regions across the province have lifted their stay-at-home order.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador both saw a drop in the number of new cases reported after recent surges.

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Officials reported that 742 people are now in hospital due to COVID-19, but noted some hospitals have not submitted data on their bed use, which may have resulted in an underestimation. The three regions are the last in Ontario to have students return to physical classrooms - the provincial government allowed other regions to reopen shuttered schools in phases over the last few weeks.

Ontario reported 309 cumulative cases of the United Kingdom variant, nine cases of the South African variant, including an outbreak at one Mississauga condo identified over the weekend, and one case of the Brazilian variant that was confirmed in Toronto.

"Just keep in mind, when it comes to Peel, Toronto and York, it's going to be up to the chief medical officer and the local medical officers if they want to open up and go into the grey-lockdown scenario on February 22".

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube also expressed concern about variants, even as his province continued to report encouraging numbers.

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