• Ontario has reported it has now seen 299,754 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,185 cases today. The death toll rose by 16 to 6,960. There are 680 people in hospital, down three, with 276 in intensive care, down eight, and 182 on a ventilator, down 11. Today there are 331 new cases in Toronto, 220 in Peel and 119 in York Region. There has been a total of 282,315 resolved cases, up 984.
  • The province has now identified 508 cases of the UK variant, 25 cases of the South African variant and two cases of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 668,104 doses of vaccine; 260,972 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 59,416 tests the previous day. There have been 10,995,968 tests conducted so far. There are 27,989 tests under review.
  • There are 101 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 88 residents with an infection and 175 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,865 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 62 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,650 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 439. Twenty-four people are in hospital; seven in intensive care. There are 488 active cases and there have been 13,723 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 23 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and six in schools and child-care centres. There are five other outbreaks.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has confirmed that four COVID-19 cases as variants of the virus. Health officials say further testing is required to determine the exact variant strain of each case, as the gene mutation is specific to more than one variant. Three of the cases are tied to employees at the St-Albert Cheese Co-op, located in St. Albert, Ont., which is temporarily closed as it deals with the outbreak. The fourth case has been identified as a separate, single case in the region.
  • The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will welcome students and staff back into classrooms in September, becoming the first public school board to release plans for the upcoming school year. “We believe that student learning and well-being is best supported through in-person learning,” the board said in a news release. The school board plans to “continue safety precautions in schools and expect that as vaccine distribution continues, the risk of spread is reduced.”
  • Quebec has now recorded 287,003 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 858 new cases today. So far 268,645 have recovered. The death toll is 10,385 with 13 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 599, down 21, with 112 in intensive care, down seven. The province completed 28,226 tests on Feb. 25 for a total of 6,539,739. Quebec has injected 418,399 doses of vaccine so far. The province has received 537,825 doses.
  • The first COVID-19 case in the province was reported one year ago on Feb. 27, 2020. The first death due to the disease was reported March 18, 2020.
  • The Outaouais reported 31 new cases of infection for a total of 6,280, along with a total of 160 deaths, up one. Some 5,946 cases have been resolved. There are 174 active cases.
  • So far today Canada has seen 859,475+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,893+ deaths from the infection and 807,024+ recoveries. There are 30,355+ active cases.
  • Globally, there have now been 113,552,831+ confirmed cases with 2,520,369+ deaths and 64,103,245+ recoveries.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed President Joe Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The Senate will review the bill soon. Meanwhile the U.S. has seen 28,491,818+ cases of infection and 510,797+ deaths.

COVID-19 by the numbers

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Feb. 26

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 298,569 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,258 cases today. The death toll rose by 28 to 6,944. There are 683 people in hospital, down four, with 284 in intensive care, up one, and 193 on a ventilator, up 11. Today there are 362 new cases in Toronto, 274 in Peel and 104 in York Region. There has been a total of 281,331 resolved cases, up 1,007.
  • The province has now identified 477 cases of the UK variant, 14 cases of the South African variant and two cases of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 643,765 doses of vaccine; 258,014 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 64,049 tests the previous day. There have been 10,936,552 tests conducted so far. There are 35,502 tests under review.
  • There are 111 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 101 residents with an infection and 202 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,864 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • As of this week, only 55,000 of 100,000 long-term care workers in Ontario have been vaccinated, according to the province’s Ministry of Health.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 56 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,588 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 439. Twenty-three people are in hospital; eight in intensive care. There are 482 active cases and there have been 13,667 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 23 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and five in schools and child-care centres. There are five other outbreaks.
  • The Ottawa Hospital has formed a partnership to complete the final stage of manufacturing the homegrown Entos Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Quebec has now recorded 286,145 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 815 new cases today. So far 267,885 have recovered. The death toll is 10,372 with 11 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 620, down 13, with 119 in intensive care, down three. The province completed 32,744 tests on Feb. 24 for a total of 6,511,513. Quebec has injected 400,540 doses of vaccine so far. The province has received 537,825 doses.
  • The Outaouais reported 19 new cases of infection for a total of 6,249, along with a total of 159 deaths. Some 5,916 cases have been resolved. There are 155 active cases.
  • Quebec’s health minister said he’s in favour of vaccine passports for those who have been fully inoculated.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported four new COVID-19 cases and its first hospital outbreak today.
  • Prince Edward Island reported one new case of COVID-19 on Friday, after five were announced in the last two days. There are seven known active cases on the island.
  • Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting one new case today. Tye drop in cases is prompting an easing of some restrictions.
  • Ten new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nova Scotia. For this reason, health officials have decided to tighten some COVID-19 restrictions in the Halifax Regional Municipality and neighbouring municipalities.
  • Manitoba announced 64 new COVID-19 cases and one more death. 
  • Saskatchewan reported 153 new cases. No deaths were reported Friday.
  • A second worker from the Olymel meatpacking plant in Red Deer, Alberta, has died after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19. Meanwhile the province reported 356 cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Friday.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 589 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with seven more deaths.
  • Health Canada has approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in persons 18 years and up. It is the third vaccine against COVID-19 to be approved in Canada. The company has promised 20 million doses to Canada. Controversially, the country could also receive up to 500,000 doses could be sent to Canada by the end of March as part of the global vaccine-sharing program known as COVAX. The vaccine is considered 62.1 per cent effective. Health Canada reviews of vaccines by Johnson & Johnson, (which has been recommended for approval by an FDA panel in the U.S.) and Novavax are on-going.
  • The federal government has also secured two million doses of CoviShield vaccine from India. CoviShield is a brand name for the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India. Some 500,000 doses of the Indian-produced vaccine will arrive in next few weeks.
  • So far today Canada has seen 859,475+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,893+ deaths from the infection and 807,024+ recoveries. There are 30,355+ active cases.
  • The chief executive of the fund that manages Canada Pension Plan investments, Mark Machin, has resigned after it was revealed that he decided to travel to the United Arab Emirates, where he arranged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Globally, there have now been 112,668,925+ confirmed cases with 2,509,729+ deaths and 63,829,881+ recoveries.

Feb. 25

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 297,311 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,138 cases today. The death toll rose by 23 to 6,916. There are 687 people in hospital, up 12, with 283 in intensive care, down four, and 182 on a ventilator. Today there are 339 new cases in Toronto, 204 in Peel and 106 in York Region. There has been a total of 280,324 resolved cases, up 1,094.
  • The province has now identified 449 cases of the UK variant, 11 cases of the South African variant and two cases of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario health officials said that COVID-19 variants of concern could account for 40 per cent of new daily cases in Ontario by mid-March.
  • Ontario had no updated plan for dealing with a pandemic when COVID-19 hit the province last spring, a public commission was told. In testimony before the panel released on Thursday, the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, denied responsibility for the shortcoming. The province had developed a pandemic response plan in 2006 that was updated in 2013, but the process stalled after work started on a “Ready and Resilient” blueprint in 2016.
  • Ontario has administered 621,960 doses of vaccine; 255,449 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 54,852 tests the previous day. There have been 10,806,152 tests conducted so far. There are 41,251 tests under review.
  • There are 117 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 109 residents with an infection and 218 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,860 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario is testing its online COVID-19 vaccine portal to avoid the kind of crash that hit Alberta when it finally opens March 15, Health Minister Christine Elliott says.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 62 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,532 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 439, up two. Twenty-one people are in hospital; eight in intensive care. There are 457 active cases and there have been 13,636 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 23 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are four other outbreaks.
  • Ottawa is currently an orange zone, according to the province’s colour-coded scale that influences public health directives on businesses, gatherings and other activities. But on Wednesday, Dr. Vera Etches told city council the city is heading toward red based such things as increased contacts by infected persons and more virus in wastewater testing. If Ottawa moves into the red zone, indoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, restaurants can’t have more than 10 customers indoors and cinemas will be closed.
  • A COVID-19 rapid testing blitz targeting 28 schools in Ottawa last weekend found no new cases of novel coronavirus. CTV has more.
  • Quebec has now recorded 285,330 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 858 new cases today. So far 266,879 have recovered. The death toll is 10,361 with 15 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 633, down 22, with 122 in intensive care, down eight. The province completed 32,071 tests on Feb. 23 for a total of 6,478,769. Quebec has injected 387,076 doses of vaccine so far. The province has received 509,325 doses.
  • The Outaouais reported 21 new cases of infection for a total of 6,230, along with a total of 159 deaths. Some 5,906 cases have been resolved. There are 144 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported 10 new cases today.
  • Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting one new case today.
  • Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nova Scotia.
  • Manitoba announced 70 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. 
  • Saskatchewan reported 211 new cases and one more death.
  • Alberta released a pandemic budget today featuring an $18 billion deficit and more spending on health care.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 395 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 10 more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 857,012+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,845+ deaths from the infection and 804,020+ recoveries. There are 30,393+ active cases.
  • Canadian small businesses have racked up a collective $135 billion in debt because of the health emergency, according to estimates by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
  • Globally, there have now been 112,668,925+ confirmed cases with 2,499,668+ deaths and 63,587,802+ recoveries.
  • A new coronavirus variant, known as B.1.526, is spreading in New York City, researchers said on Wednesday. The new variant was first identified in samples collected in New York in November, and by mid-February represented about 12 percent of cases, according to researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. They found that B.1.526 shares some worrying characteristics with B.1.351 and P.1. Several studies have suggested that those new variants are more resistant to some existing vaccines than earlier versions of the coronavirus.
  • Another new variant has been detected in southern California. CAL.20C has caused a surge in local infections and is spreading through and beyond the United States, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It possesses mutations in its spike protein that appear to make it more transmissible but also helps it to evade antibodies generated by the COVID-19 vaccines, according to researchers.
  • Moderna, which makes one of the two authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, is set to launch a clinical trial of a new vaccine designed to combat the B.1.351 variant, the company announced Wednesday. Moderna said it has produced enough of its variant-specific candidate vaccine, called mRNA-1273.351, to begin testing it in people.

Feb. 24

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 296,173 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,054 cases today. The death toll rose by nine to 6,893. There are 675 people in hospital, down 43, with 287 in intensive care, up four, and 182 on a ventilator, up four. Today there are 363 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel and 94 in York Region. There has been a total of 279,230 resolved cases, up 1,291.
  • The province has now identified 395 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 602,848 doses of vaccine; 251,590 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine. Ontario has delivered the most vaccine doses in the country, but based on population size, it’s lagging behind other provinces with just 2.1% of the population vaccinated.
  • The province completed 54,852 tests the previous day. There have been 10,806,152 tests conducted so far. There are 41,251 tests under review.
  • There are 117 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 109 residents with an infection and 218 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,860 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario’s online platform for people in the general population to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will launch on March 15. People over the age 80 in Ontario can begin booking their appointments starting on March 22. In April, people over 75 will be able to book and in May, people over 70 get access. In June, people aged 65 and up can book.
  • Premier Doug Ford announced on Wednesday an investment of $115 million to train 8,200 new personal support workers in long-term care homes and community care sectors to improve conditions in long-term care residents across the province.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 41 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,470 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 437. Twenty-one people are in hospital; eight in intensive care. There are 446 active cases and there have been 13,587 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 22 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and eight in schools and child-care centres. There are four other outbreaks. To date, eight cases of the B.1.1.7 variant and one case of the B.1.351 variant have been confirmed in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa’s first pop-up vaccination clinics for adults 80 and older and adult recipients of chronic home care will be held in Ledbury, Heron Gate, Ridgemont, Emerald Woods, Sawmill Creek, and Riverview starting next week.
  • According to Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) COVID-19 dashboard, there are five active outbreaks at shelters across the city affecting 252 people. While OPH does not list the names of shelters on its dashboard, cases at one in particular have continued to grow. Two weeks ago it reported 70 positive cases. There are now 108, CBC reports. OPH also declared an outbreak at the physical distancing centre on Nicholas Street on Tuesday, with a number of workers and clients testing positive. In a memo to the city, OPH added that there have also been cases at the Dempsey Community Centre and Tom Brown Respite Centre.
  • COVID-19 assessment centres in Ottawa have seen a spike in demand for COVID-19 tests in the past couple of days as significantly more children are being tested, CTV says. Local assessment centres processed 2,208 swabs on Feb. 22, compared to 1,662 on Feb. 15 and 1,545 on Feb. 8, for example. 
  • Members of City Council’s transportation committee next week will consider staff recommendations to allow the city to close streets for expanded patio use, allow patios on city property to say open until 2 a.m. and waive most fees for the 2021 season.
  • Quebec has now recorded 284,472 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 806 new cases today. So far 266,138 have recovered. The death toll is 10,346 with 17 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 655, down 25, with 130 in intensive care, up 10. The province completed 33,435 tests on Feb. 22 for a total of 6,446,698. Quebec has injected 376,910 doses of vaccine so far. The province has received 509,325 doses.
  • The Outaouais reported 16 new cases of infection for a total of 6,209, along with a total of 159 deaths, up one. Some 5,897 cases have been resolved. There are 138 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported eight new cases and one death today.
  • Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today.
  • Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nova Scotia on Wednesday, bringing the number of known active cases to 21.
  • Manitoba announced 45 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. 
  • Saskatchewan reported its lowest new daily case number since November Wednesday, with 56 new cases and three more deaths.
  • Alberta recorded 430 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as 13 additional deaths from the disease. Meanwhile Wednesday also marked the first day that appointments for COVID-19 vaccines could be booked by Albertans 75 and older. The launch wasn’t without hiccups, as many people reported the website crashed or would not load as they tried to book appointments. Calls to 811 also rang busy.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 456 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and two more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 855,126+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,807+ deaths from the infection and 802,926+ recoveries. There are 30,677+ active cases.
  • Black Canadians have experienced higher unemployment rates than others during the pandemic, a new report from Statistics Canada shows.
  • Globally, there have now been 112,222,290+ confirmed cases with 2,487,766+ deaths and 63,379,231+ recoveries.
  • In an analysis released Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has met the requirements for emergency use authorization — another step toward the authorization of a third shot for the United States.

Feb. 23

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 295,119 total cases of COVID-19, adding 975 cases today. The death toll rose by 12 to 6,884. There are 718 people in hospital, down 72, with 283 in intensive care, up three, and 186 on a ventilator, down three. Today there are 343 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel and 89 in York Region. There has been a total of 277,939 resolved cases, up 1,002.
  • The province has now identified 390 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 585,707 doses of vaccine; 247,042 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 25,979 tests the previous day. There have been 10,751,300 tests conducted so far. There are 28,802 tests under review.
  • There are 127 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 125 residents with an infection and 228 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,858 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Dr. Robert Cushman, with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, said the health unit is seeing between five and 20 contacts per infected person in community cases — a number he says is too high. CBC has more.
  • Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said Ontario is “empowering” local health units to draw up their own specific plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses. Vaccines will be distributed to health units based on population, Jones said, and while they must follow the province’s plan to vaccinate priority populations first, they can also determine the best way to serve the needs of their communities.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,429 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 437. Twenty-one people are in hospital; seven in intensive care. There are 451 active cases and there have been 13,541 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 22 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are five other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now recorded 283,666 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 739 new cases today. So far 265,456 have recovered. The death toll is 10,330 with 12 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 680, down nine, with 120 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 17,970 tests on Feb. 21 for a total of 6,413,263. Quebec has injected 365,978 doses of vaccine so far. The province has received 509,325 doses.
  • The Outaouais reported 24 new cases of infection for a total of 6,193, along with a total of 158 deaths. Some 5,868 cases have been resolved. There are 143 active cases.
  • Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will begin inoculating Quebecers 85 and older in the general population next week. People 70 to 79 in the Montreal area will also be able to get the shots. Meanwhile Montreal’s Olympic Stadium’s Atrium is being turned into a mass vaccination site.
  • A new COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at CHSLD Lionel-Émond in Gatineau, where at least two dozen residents and staff have contracted the illness while waiting for their second vaccine doses.
  • People with the coronavirus could lose their sense of smell and taste for up to five months, concludes a study involving 813 Quebec health-care workers who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador are reporting 15 new cases today.
  • For the first time in more than two months, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and discovered that there are three more cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K. The province also saw a new premier sworn in today as 37 year old Ian Rankin took the oath.
  • Manitoba has reported 76 new cases today.
  • There are 122 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Saskatchewan today along with four new deaths.
  • Albertans 75 and older will be able to start booking appointments for their COVID-19 vaccinations starting on Wednesday at 8 a.m. The province saw 267 new cases and 11 more deaths today.
  • British Columbia reported 559 new cases and one new death.
  • So far today Canada has seen 851,805+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,748+ deaths from the infection and 798,651+ recoveries. There are 31,164+ active cases.
  • Canada’s chief public health officer says the timing of when Canada will return to some state of normalcy is not solely dependent on the country achieving mass vaccination. Other indicators include “the actual epidemic curve in terms of where it’s moving, the rates of serious outcomes including ICU admissions, hospitalizations and deaths…and you also want the public health capacity for testing, tracing, contact tracing all to be in place.”
  • Canada’s prison ombudsman is calling for alternatives to incarceration in a new report that shows the number of COVID-19 cases at federal facilities more than doubled in the pandemic’s second wave.
  • Globally, there have now been 111,830,264+ confirmed cases with 2,476,826+ deaths and 63,104,189+ recoveries.

Feb. 22

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 294,144 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,058 cases today. The death toll rose by 11 to 6,872. There are 646 people in hospital, down 14, with 280 in intensive care, up three, and 189 on a ventilator, up nine. Today there are 325 new cases in Toronto, 215 in Peel and 87 in York Region. There has been a total of 276,937 resolved cases, up 1,083.
  • The province has now identified 390 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 569,455 doses of vaccine; 240,669 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 31,163 tests the previous day. There have been 10,725,321 tests conducted so far. There are 11,883 tests under review.
  • There are 129 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 126 residents with an infection and 242 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,857 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Today York Region near Toronto has joined the red zone of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 55 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,404 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 437, up one. Twenty-two people are in hospital; six in intensive care. There are 477 active cases and there have been 13,490 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 21 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and six in schools and child-care centres. There are four other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now recorded 282,927 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 805 new cases today. So far 263,537 have recovered. The death toll is 10,318 with 11 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 689, up three, with 117 in intensive care, down two. The province completed 17,684 tests on Feb. 20 for a total of 6,495,293. Quebec has injected 353,894 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 30 new cases of infection for a total of 6,169, along with a total of 158 deaths. Some 5,855 cases have been resolved. There are 126 active cases.
  • Gyms and restaurants are allowed to reopen across the Outaouais as the province lifts some controls over the area.
  • Schools in Quebec are grappling with nearly 3,000 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff, according to government data. As of Monday afternoon, there were 282 active outbreaks in educational facilities, representing 31.5 per cent of active outbreaks across the province.
  • Sugar shacks across Quebec are banding together to launch “gourmet boxes” of their classic Quebec cuisine. Some 70 sugar shacks have banded together for the “Ma cabane à la maison” project.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported 14 new cases today.
  • The tiny Nunavut community of Arviat reported 12 more cases of COVID-19 today.
  • Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.
  • New Brunswick has reported one new case and one more death from COVID-19 today.
  • Manitoba reported 97 new cases along with two more deaths.
  • Saskatchewan reported 177 new cases today.
  • Alberta reported 273 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths on Monday. 
  • Rapid testing is underway after the COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. was detected at seven schools in the Vancouver area communities of Surrey and Delta. So far no transmission has taken place, officials say. “It’s very good news that the testing that has been done so far has indicated no transmission,” said British Columbia‘s Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside. Meanwhile the province has reported 1,425 cases over the past three days, along with eight more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 849,232+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,707+ deaths from the infection and 794,944+ recoveries. There are 31,375+ active cases.
  • Amid delays and organizational frustrations, a new poll from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians are more inclined to see COVID-19 vaccine rollout as a failure on the part of the federal government. Three-in-five (59 per cent) say that Canada should be performing better than or at least as well as well as other nations in the amount of vaccine it has administered. The rest (41 per cent) are of the view that setbacks have been out of anyone’s control.
  • Meanwhile some 643,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses will arrive this week in Canada.
  • Health Canada is poised to make a decision on whether to authorize a promising COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. Dr. Supriya Sharma told the House of Commons health committee the regulator has received all the necessary scientific information from the company but is still looking into questions about labelling and the product monograph — the information disseminated by Health Canada to medical professionals about how and when a vaccine should be administered and in what groups.
  • Globally, there have now been 111,528,650+ confirmed cases with 2,468,785+ deaths and 62,909,061+ recoveries.
  • The United States now has seen 500,236+ COVID-19 deaths — a grim milestone acknowledged by President Joe Biden today. Dr. Anthony Fauci told “Good Morning America” that the U.S. has “done worse than most any other country” in the battle against the coronavirus, despite being a “highly developed, rich country.”
  • French drug maker Sanofi, battling development delays with its own vaccine candidates against COVID-19, is turning over more of its vaccine production facilities to industrial competitors, teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to produce millions of doses of its rival coronavirus vaccine.

Feb. 21

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 293,086 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,087 cases today. The death toll rose by 13 to 6,861. There are 660 people in hospital, down 39, with 277 in intensive care, up 14, and 181 on a ventilator. Today there are 344 new cases in Toronto, 156 in Peel and 122 in York Region. There has been a total of 275,854 resolved cases, up 1,140.
  • The province has now identified 391 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 556,533 doses of vaccine; 235,922 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 48,178 tests the previous day. There have been 10,694,158 tests conducted so far. There are 17,307 tests under review.
  • There are 130 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 126 residents with an infection and 246 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,853 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 80 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,349 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 436. Twenty-two people are in hospital; four in intensive care. There are 476 active cases and there have been 13,437 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 22 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and six in schools and child-care centres. There are four other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now recorded 282,122 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 666 new cases today. So far 263,537 have recovered. The death toll is 10,307 with 15 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 686, down 14, with 119 in intensive care, down one. The province completed 24,878 tests on Feb. 19 for a total of 6,477,609. Quebec has injected 344,900 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 10 new cases of infection for a total of 6,139, along with a total of 158 deaths. Some 5,855 cases have been resolved. There are 126 active cases.
  • So far today Canada has seen 845,054+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,658+ deaths from the infection and 790,981+ recoveries. There are 31,830+ active cases.
  • Globally, there have now been 111,018,903+ confirmed cases with 2,463,873+ deaths and 62,745,916+ recoveries.

Feb. 20

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 291,999 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,228 cases today. The death toll rose by 28 to 6,848. There are 699 people in hospital, with 263 in intensive care, down six, and 181 on a ventilator, down nine. Today there are 331 new cases in Toronto, 228 in Peel and 132 in York Region. There has been a total of 274,714 resolved cases, up 1,313.
  • The province has now identified 386 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 540,129 doses of vaccine; 229,151 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 57,194 tests the previous day. There have been 10,645,980 tests conducted so far. There are 30,762 tests under review.
  • There are 126 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 126 residents with an infection and 243 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,849 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 53 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,269 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 436, up one. Twenty-two people are in hospital; four in intensive care. There are 444 active cases and there have been 13,389 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 20 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and six in schools and child-care centres. There are seven other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now recorded 281,456 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 769 new cases today. So far 262,506 have recovered. The death toll is 10,292 with 14 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 700, down 23, with 120 in intensive care, down seven. The province completed 30,068 tests on Feb. 18 for a total of 6,452,731. Quebec has injected 329,324 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 23 new cases of infection for a total of 6,129, along with a total of 158 deaths. Some 5,846 cases have been resolved. There are 125 active cases.
  • So far today Canada has seen 841,814+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,604+ deaths from the infection and 787,082+ recoveries. There are 32,241+ active cases.
  • The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travellers until March 21.
  • More than one in three federal public servants were granted paid time off work during the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a cost exceeding $800 million, according to a Treasury Board document.
  • The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) office in Ogdensburg, N.Y., says it’s no longer able to hold on to an overflowing amount of Canadian mail — and customers north of the border are now scrambling to make alternate arrangements. CBC has more.
  • Globally, there have now been 111,018,903+ confirmed cases with 2,458,739+ deaths and 62,554,334+ recoveries.

Feb. 19

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 290,771 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,150 cases today. The death toll rose by 47 to 6,820. There are 689 people in hospital, with 269 in intensive care, 190 on a ventilator. Today there are 376 new cases in Toronto, 264 in Peel and 108 in York Region. There has been a total of 273,401 resolved cases, up 1,255.
  • The province has now identified 385 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 518,834 doses of vaccine; 217,715 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 65,372 tests the previous day. There have been 10,588,786 tests conducted so far. There are 39,970 tests under review.
  • There are 130 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 164 residents with an infection and 259 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,838 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • The province has extended the stay at home order for Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay until March 9. York Region will be moving out of lockdown.
  • The six-week long COVID-19 outbreak at the Roberta Place care home in Barrie, ON, that took the lives of 70 people and infected more than 200 has been declared over by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 65 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,216 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 435. Twenty-one people are in hospital; four in intensive care. There are 439 active cases and there have been 13,342 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 20 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and five in schools and child-care centres. There are six other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now recorded 280,687 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 800 new cases today. So far 261,429 have recovered. The death toll is 10,278 with 14 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 723, down 24, with 127 in intensive care, down two. The province completed 32,491 tests on Feb. 17 for a total of 6,422,663. Quebec has injected 311,651 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 19 new cases of infection for a total of 6,106, along with a total of 158 deaths. Some 5,802 cases have been resolved. There are 127 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 60 new cases of infection today.
  • New Brunswick is reporting six new cases on Friday.
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as the number of active cases in the province has increased to 15. The province says it will begin testing passengers on all ferries arriving from Newfoundland.
  • Manitoba reported 92 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The province has also identified three more cases of the U.K. variant. Two more deaths were reported.
  • There are 146 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan Friday and three more deaths. 
  • Alberta recorded 325 new cases on Friday, as well as seven additional deaths from the disease.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 508 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with six deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 840,586+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,576+ deaths from the infection and 786,769+ recoveries. There are 32,037+ active cases.
  • Transport Canada has fined two airline passengers a combined $17,000 after presenting falsified COVID-19 tests before flying back to Canada.
  • A Canadian forecast shows new variants of COVID-19 will increase the threat of a spring resurgence unless enhanced public health measures are maintained, federal health officials said on Friday. The officials told reporters that new modelling showed the domestic death toll could be between 21,510 and 22,420 by Feb 28, with total cases ranging from 841,650 to 878,850. The prime minister said during a media briefing that he had urged the provinces to be vigilant about community spread of the variants and to not relax restrictions too quickly.
  • At present more than 700 cases have been linked to three variants — the B117 variant first identified in the U.K., the B1351 variant first identified in South Africa and the P1 variant first traced to travellers from Brazil. Variant cases have been detected in 10 provinces and there is evidence of community spread in at least five. 
  • Short- and long-term forecasts that exclude the spread of COVID-19 variants show infection rates flattening and declining in the coming weeks. When the variants are included, projections show a spike in cases to more than 20,000 a day by mid-March if public health restrictions are relaxed further. The modelling shows a similar dramatic spike by mid-April if the current level of restrictions are maintained. 
  • Justin Trudeau also announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and caregivers benefit for 12 more weeks. The regular EI benefit has been extended to 50 weeks. The Canada Recovery Sickness benefit has been extended from two to four weeks.
  • The Canadian government has released the list of hotels for mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for air travellers. Starting Monday, air travellers arriving in Canada will be required — at their own expense — to book a three-day stay at one of several approved hotels.
  • In December, the number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits rose 2.0 per cent (+26,000) to 1.3 million. There were 1.8 million unemployed people in December, including 1.5 million who were looking for work and 300,000 who had a connection to a job, because they either were on temporary layoff or had arrangements to begin a new job in the near future, Statistics Canada says.
  • Retail sales posted their largest decline since the low of April driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing 3.4 per cent to $53.4 billion in December. Sales were down in nine of 11 subsectors, representing 83.6 per cent of retail sales, Statistics Canada says.
  • Globally, there have now been 110,430,962+ confirmed cases with 2,444,074+ deaths and 62,215,322+ recoveries.
  • Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine can be safely stored at -25°C to -15°C temperatures more commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers and refrigerators.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host Justin Trudeau and other G7 counterparts for a virtual leaders’ summit today aimed at bringing renewed momentum to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Johnson will be calling on G7 leaders to increase their funding for the COVAX Facility, which aims to distribute vaccines to poorer countries.

Feb. 18

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 289,621 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,038 cases today. The death toll rose by 44 to 6,773. There are 758 people in hospital, with 277 in intensive care, 192 on a ventilator. Today there are 376 new cases in Toronto, 142 in Peel and 122 in York Region. There has been a total of 272,146 resolved cases, up 1,277.
  • The province has now identified 348 cases of the UK variant, 10 cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 501,867 doses of vaccine; 205,802 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 56,165 tests the previous day. There have been 10,523,414 tests conducted so far. There are 44,532 tests under review.
  • There are 142 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 191 residents with an infection and 323 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,820 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office said Thursday that 355,000 jobs have disappeared, while another 765,000 people had work hours cut and youth unemployment jumped to 22 per cent in the past year of pandemic. The job losses are the single largest annual decline on record.
  • Despite residents being told to stay home during the pandemic, an unidentified Ontario Superior Court judge has reportedly been presiding over Toronto-area court cases from the Caribbean, according to media reports.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 46 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,151 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 435, up one. Eighteen people are in hospital; three in intensive care. There are 445 active cases and there have been 13,271 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and five in schools and child-care centres. There are six other outbreaks.
  • Two employees at the Stirling Park Retirement Community have been fired following allegations an ineligible person received the COVID-19 vaccine at the facility in Ottawa’s west end.
  • The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health, will administer the first round of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to about 340 seniors aged 70 years or older today.
  • Quebec has now recorded 279,887 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 900 new cases today. So far 260,245 have recovered. The death toll is 10,264 with six more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 747, down 19, with 129 in intensive care, down one. The province completed 29,363  tests on Feb. 16 for a total of 6,390,172. Quebec has injected 302,118 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported eight new cases of infection for a total of 6,087, along with a total of 158 deaths, up one. Some 5,802 cases have been resolved. There are 127 active cases.
  • Starting Monday, the Outaouais region will move into the orange zone of opening which means the curfew will now be 9:30 p.m. and restaurants and other non-essential businesses can open with limits.
  • Data collected in Quebec shows the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be 80 per cent effective after 14 days in younger vaccinated populations (primarily health-care workers) and after three weeks among the residents of care homes who tend to be much older and sicker. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have issued protocols on administering a second dose at a precise interval (21 and 28 days, respectively) based on clinical studies. But Quebec’s early numbers, which the CIQ said align with results observed in British Columbia and Israel, suggest it’s eminently defensible to delay the booster shot longer in the context of a vaccine shortage.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 case count jumped to 48 on Thursday.
  • Health officials in New Brunswick reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As well, the province has announced a potential delay in the administration of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines for those at lower risk for up to 90 days.
  • Two new cases of COVID-19 have been announced in Nova Scotia today.
  • Manitoba reported its highest one-day jump in COVID-19 cases in nearly three weeks on Thursday with 139 new infections. Two deaths were also confirmed.
  • The Saskatchewan Health Authority reported 146 new cases.
  • Alberta reported 415 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths on Thursday.
  • After more than a month of relatively stable single day COVID-19 case counts in British Columbia, 617 new cases were reported Thursday, the highest single day number since early January. Four more deaths were reported.
  • So far today Canada has seen 836,090+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,485+ deaths from the infection and 781,043+ recoveries. There are 32,986+ active cases.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada says the country will now receive 5.1 million doses more of the Pfizer and Modern vaccines in the second quarter of the year than originally expected. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander leading Canada’s vaccine logistics, said 403,650 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Canada this week. As of last Saturday, only 2.7 per cent of Canadians had received one shot of a vaccine and less than one per cent had received both doses.
  • Pfizer plans to ship 475,000 doses next week and then 444,600 per week next month, according to the federal government’s vaccine distribution tracker.
  • Moderna, which already has delivered 500,000 doses, will deliver a reduced shipment of 168,000 doses next week. Delivery dates for the rest of Moderna’s 1.3 million doses it’s committed to delivering by the end of March, remain uncertain.
  • Health Canada is still reviewing three vaccines for approval. These are from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.
  • CBC reports that Canada’s private COVID-19 testing industry is booming, but some experts say oversight is lacking. Also gaps in the data collected by provinces suggest we may not have an accurate picture of the pandemic.
  • Commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the CFL remains committed to returning in 2021. The CFL unveiled a full 18-game schedule for all nine teams last November, one that Ambrosie said it remains on track for in 2021. However, the commissioner added the league is keeping all of its options — including teams playing fewer than 18 games — open.
  • Globally, there have now been 110,013,841+ confirmed cases with 2,432,695+ deaths and 61,961,300+ recoveries.

Feb. 17

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 288,583 total cases of COVID-19, adding 847 cases today. The death toll rose by 10 to 6,729. There are 742 people in hospital, with 292 in intensive care, 201 on a ventilator. Today there are 257 new cases in Toronto, 170 in Peel and 131 in York Region. There has been a total of 270,869 resolved cases, 1,456 today.
  • The province has now identified 338 cases of the UK variant, six cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 489,484 doses of vaccine; 195,366 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 33,977 tests the previous day. There have been 10,467,249 tests conducted so far. There are 33,730 tests under review.
  • There are 155 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 210 residents with an infection and 333 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,807 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario is calling for its larger school boards to offer targeted COVID-19 testing in at least five per cent of their elementary and secondary schools, reaching two per cent of their student populations weekly.
  • The City of Toronto including Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg are requesting that Toronto remain in the Shutdown Zone under the provincial Lockdown Regulation and subject to the Stay-at-Home Order until March 9 at the earliest.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 67 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,105 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 434, up one. Eighteen people are in hospital; three in intensive care. There are 447 active cases and there have been 13,224 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and six in schools and child-care centres. There are six other outbreaks.
  • The City of Ottawa says while it is good news that Ontario moved all adults 80 and older into phase one of the vaccination rollout, current supply can’t meet that demand, CTV reports. In a memo to council on Tuesday, staff said they are adjusting vaccination plans as required, but noted that Ottawa presently cannot accommodate wider vaccinations yet.
  • Quebec has now recorded 278,987 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 800 new cases today. So far 259,416 have recovered. The death toll is 10,258 with 12 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 766, down five, with 130 in intensive care, down four. The province completed 28,672 tests on Feb. 15 for a total of 6,360,809. Quebec has injected 299,673 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 14 new cases of infection for a total of 6,079, along with a total of 158 deaths, up one. Some 5,792 cases have been resolved. There are 129 active cases.
  • Starting Monday, the Outaouais region will move into the orange zone of opening which means the curfew will now be 9:30 p.m. and restaurants and other non-essential businesses can open with limits.
  • New Brunswick has reported three new cases today as did Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador’s daily COVID-19 numbers took a big jump back up Wednesday, with 44 new confirmed cases. This comes after two straight days of seven cases.
  • Manitoba reported one new death and 76 cases today.
  • The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting five deaths and 124 new confirmed cases.
  • Alberta reported 277 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and seven more deaths from the illness.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 427 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with three new deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 833,226+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,421+ deaths from the infection and 778,543+ recoveries. There are 33,267+ active cases.
  • The Consumer Price Index rose at a faster pace in January (1.0 per cent) year over year than in December (0.7 per cent), Statistics Canada says. The acceleration in consumer prices was largely due to higher prices for durable goods (1.7 per cent) and rising gasoline prices (6.1 per cent) compared with December 2020. 
  • Manufacturing sales rose 0.9 per cent to $54.2 billion in December, Statistics Canada says. Sales were up in nine of 21 industries, led by the wood product, transportation equipment, and petroleum and coal product industries.
  • Today’s planned delivery of Pfizer vaccine doses has been delayed by one day due to inclement winter weather in the United States.
  • Globally, there have now been 109,263,150+ confirmed cases with 2,410,772+ deaths and 61,449,302+ recoveries.

Feb. 16

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 287,736 total cases of COVID-19, adding 904 cases today and 964 cases Monday. The death toll rose by 26 to 6,719. There are 742 people in hospital, with 292 in intensive care, 201 on a ventilator. Today there are 320 new cases in Toronto, 154 in Peel and 118 in York Region. There has been a total of 268,413 resolved cases.
  • The province has now identified 309 cases of the UK variant, nine cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 480,377 doses of vaccine; 186,934 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 27,005 tests the previous day. There have been 10,433,272 tests conducted so far. There are 15,024 tests under review.
  • There are 170 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 269 residents with an infection and 391 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,798 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario’s health minister says the province is not ready to release a more detailed vaccine rollout plan because of continued supply shortages. Christine Elliott says the province knows which age groups it wants to priorize as it distributes its vaccines, but it does not yet have a reliable supply chain.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,038 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 434, up one. Eighteen people are in hospital; three in intensive care. There are 435 active cases and there have been 13,169 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are seven other outbreaks.
  • Ottawa officially enters the orange zone today which means lockdown restrictions on non-essential businesses such as restaurants, gyms and personal care salons can open with limits. Gathering limits have been eased and many sports can resume. In Ontario, 27 health units are now out of lockdown. Toronto, Peel and York regions remain in lockdown.
  • Quebec has now recorded 278,187 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 669 new cases today. So far 258,542 have recovered. The death toll is 10,246 with 17 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 771, down 33, with 134 in intensive care, down two. The province completed 16,824 tests on Feb. 14 for a total of 6,327,137. Quebec has injected 297,694 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported nine new cases of infection for a total of 6,065, along with a total of 157 deaths. Some 5,784 cases have been resolved. There are 124 active cases.
  • Quebec is preparing to ramp up its mass inoculation program this week, following a four-week pause during which COVID-19 vaccine deliveries slowed to a trickle. A total of 91,260 new doses will arrive in Quebec this week from Pfizer-BioNTech. CBC has more.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 296 active cases.
  • New Brunswick reported three new cases and one more death Tuesday.
  • Nova Scotia also reported three new cases.
  • There are four more deaths and 167 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba. The data is the total numbers from Monday (71) and Tuesday (96).
  • Saskatchewan announced 136 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths Tuesday. The province also extended public health restrictions until at least March 19. 
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has closed an Alberta slaughterhouse where one employee has died and 326 employees have tested positive. Of those, 192 remain active.  One week after loosening restrictions, Alberta reported 263 new cases on Tuesday, including 50 people who more were infected by highly contagious variants of the coronavirus. Those 50 variant cases were confirmed by testing from Friday to Monday, an average of about a dozen each day. The province also reported nine more deaths. 
  • A fourth COVID-19 variant may have arrived in Canada and experts say it comes with a concerning set of mutations that could circumvent the vaccine. B.C. health officer Bonnie Henry says the province is investigating a confirmed case of the variant, named B1525, in a young individual who had recently travelled from Nigeria. The virus has bee identified in 11 countries, including the U.K., Denmark, U.S., Belgium, Jordan, Ghana and Australia, according to data published by researchers at the University of Edinburgh.
  • British Columbia health officials reported 1,533 new cases and 26 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday. The numbers were from the Family Day long weekend.
  • So far today Canada has seen 829,441+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,354+ deaths from the infection and 769,929+ recoveries. There are 35,684+ active cases.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he had confirmed with Moderna that Canada is still on track to get 2 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine delivered by the end of March.
  • The Canadian military is being deployed to the Canada-U.S. border to help set up COVID-19 test centres that the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is creating at 16 border crossings. 
  • Globally, there have now been 109,263,150+ confirmed cases with 2,410,772+ deaths and 61,449,302+ recoveries.

Feb. 15

  • Quebec has now recorded 277,518 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 728 new cases today. So far 257,434 have recovered. The death toll is 10,229 with 16 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 804, down one, with 136 in intensive care, up four. The province completed 22,649 tests on Feb.13 for a total of 6,310,313. Quebec has injected 294,886 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 17 new cases of infection for a total of 6,056, along with a total of 157 deaths. Some 5,765 cases have been resolved. There are 99 active cases.
  • Hearings for the Quebec coroner’s public inquiry begin Monday into deaths that occurred in nursing homes and other seniors’ residences during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next three days will be devoted to CHLSD Herron, a long-term care facility in Dorval, one of the hardest hit by the disease. Further hearings will take place in March.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 59 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 14,007 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 433, up one. Seventeen people are in hospital; three in intensive care. There are 438 active cases and there have been 13,136 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 17 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are seven other outbreaks.
  • Because it’s Family Day, Ontario is not reporting daily numbers today. The province will report two days results on Tuesday.
  • Online threats made against Dr. Mustafa Hirji, the medical officer of health for Niagara Region have been denounced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
  • All residents of a Mississauga condo will be tested after five cases of the South African variant were confirmed there, Peel Public Health Says.
  • So far today Canada has seen 826,942+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,311+ deaths from the infection and 769,951+ recoveries. There are 35,984+ active cases.
  • Globally, there have now been 108,705,199+ confirmed cases with 2,402,501+ deaths and 61,175,538+ recoveries.
  • An Israeli study of more than half a million fully vaccinated people indicated the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine offered 94 per cent protection against COVID-19, according to the country’s largest health-care provider.
  • Australia has suspended quarantine-free travel with New Zealand after it locked down Auckland following the detection of three new community cases. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that genomic sequencing showed the new cases were the highly transmissible UK variant.

Feb. 14

  • Happy Valentine’s day.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,948 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 432. Thirteen people are in hospital; three in intensive care. There are 426 active cases and there have been 13,090 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are seven other outbreaks.
  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 285,868 total cases of COVID-19, adding 981 infections today. The death toll rose by 42 to 6,693. There are 705 people in hospital, down 81, with 292 in intensive care, up five, 203 on a ventilator. There are 209 new cases in Peel, 171 in York Region and 122 in Toronto. There are 1,235 more resolved cases for a total of 267,128 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 303 cases of the UK variant, six cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 467,626 doses of vaccine; 174,643 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 48,701 tests the previous day. There have been 10,375,912 tests conducted so far. There are 15,947 tests under review.
  • There are 171 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 274 residents with an infection and 401 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,797 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario’s vaccine taskforce says immediate priority for vaccination should now be given to adults over 80 years of age, staff and essential caregivers in long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received a first dose of vaccine. Hospital patients who have confirmed admission to a nursing home, high priority health care workers and Indigenous adults in remote communities are also now cleared to start receiving initial doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Quebec has now recorded 276,790 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 910 new cases today. So far 256,270 have recovered. The death toll is 10,214 with 15 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 805, down seven, with 132 in intensive care, up two. The province completed 28,404 tests on Feb.12 for a total of 6,287,664. Quebec has injected 293,944 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 25 new cases of infection for a total of 6,039, along with a total of 157 deaths. Some 5,765 cases have been resolved. There are 99 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday. The province has 296 active cases.
  • So far today Canada has seen 825,255+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,285+ deaths from the infection and 767,828+ recoveries. There are 36,656+ active cases.
  • The federal government will reach out to the provinces to discuss how the two levels of government can work together to boost Canada’s domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc told CTV.
  • The head of Pfizer Canada told CBC the pharmaceutical giant is entirely focused on meeting its upcoming delivery targets and that it’s possible the company could continue to accelerate shipments of its COVID-19 vaccine to the country. Pfizer has confirmed it will ship 403,000 doses the week of Feb. 15, 475,000 the week after that, and 444,000 doses in each of the first two weeks of March.
  • Globally, there have now been 108,705,199+ confirmed cases with 2,396,884+ deaths and 60,982,914+ recoveries.

Feb. 13

  • Ottawa Public Health reported 46 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,903 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 432, up three. Thirteen people are in hospital; three in intensive care. There are 420 active cases and there have been 13,051 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are five other outbreaks.
  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 284,887 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,300 infections today. The province says some numbers from Toronto have been delayed meaning today’s case count is likely low. The death toll rose by 19 to 6,651. There are 786 people in hospital, up 23, with 287 in intensive care, down eight, 203 on a ventilator, down one. There are 433 new cases in Toronto, 253 in Peel and 116 in York Region. There are 1,434 more resolved cases for a total of 265,893 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 297 cases of the UK variant, three cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 456,947 doses of vaccine; 164,307 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 58,760 tests the previous day. There have been 10,327,211 tests conducted so far. There are 32,143 tests under review.
  • There are 174 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 294 residents with an infection and 437 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,780 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Quebec has now recorded 275,880 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 1,049 new cases today. So far 255,146 have recovered. The death toll is 10,201 with 28 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 812, down 37, with 130 in intensive care, down seven. The province completed 33,453 tests on Feb.11 for a total of 6,259,265. Quebec has injected 290,953 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported seven new cases of infection for a total of 5,996, along with a total of 157 deaths, up one. Some 5,734 cases have been resolved. There are 105 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported 26 more cases of COVID-19 as citizens are preparing for a mail-in only election after in-person voting was cancelled Friday night. Mailed ballots can arrive up the March 1, says Elections Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • A contagious variant of COVID-19 has now made its way to all 10 provinces in Canada, officials announced Saturday as the nation’s top doctor warned yet again of the dangers of lifting public health restrictions at this stage of the pandemic. Prince Edward Island confirmed its first case of the variant that originated in the United Kingdom on Saturday in a patient who was first diagnosed on Feb. 4 and has a history of international travel. 
  • So far today Canada has seen 823,048+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,213+ deaths from the infection and 765,043+ recoveries. There are 36,944+ active cases.
  • Globally, there have now been 108,357,853+ confirmed cases with 2,387,192+ deaths and 60,749,957+ recoveries.

Feb. 12

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 283,587 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,076 infections today. The province says some numbers from Toronto have been delayed meaning today’s case count is likely low. The death toll rose by 18 to 6,632. There are 763 people in hospital, down 120, with 295 in intensive care, down four, 204 on a ventilator, down seven. There are 361 new cases in Toronto, 210 in Peel and 122 in York Region. There are 1,415 more resolved cases for a total of 264,459 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 275 cases of the UK variant, three cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 442,441 doses of vaccine; 151,282 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 62,012 tests the previous day. There have been 10,268,451 tests conducted so far. There are 38,345 tests under review.
  • There are 180 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 339 residents with an infection and 465 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,777 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ontario’s latest COVID-19 modelling shows the U.K. virus variant could cause up to 6,000 cases by the end of March in a possible third wave of infection in the province.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,857 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 429, up one. Nineteen people are in hospital; four in intensive care. There are 417 active cases and there have been 13,011 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 20 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are five other outbreaks.
  • The province has confirmed that Ottawa will be reopening on Tuesday in the orange zone of COVID-19 restrictions. Only Toronto, York and Peel regions will remain in lockdown.
  • Gyms, restaurants, theatres and personal care services can reopen. In orange zones, restaurants and gyms are limited to 50 patrons at a time, and restaurants must close at 10 p.m.
  • The City of Ottawa will gradually reopen some services including on Tuesday: Public and lane swims at select pools, aquafitness programs, weight and cardio rooms, sport activities, older adult programming. Reservations, which are required for most of the above activities, will resume on Sunday. Also Tuesday, outdoor sports such as hockey on rinks where such activities are allowed with limits of 25 skaters at larger outdoor rinks and 12 at smaller rinks remain in place. Public skating at select indoor arenas will start on Saturday, Feb. 20.
  • Quebec has now recorded 274,831 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 984 new cases today. So far 254,001 have recovered. The death toll is 10,173 with 24 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 849, down 25, with 137 in intensive care, down six. The province completed 33,587 tests on Feb. 10 for a total of 6,225,791. Quebec has injected 280,612 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 21 new cases of infection for a total of 5,989, along with a total of 156 deaths. Some 5,722 cases have been resolved. There are 111 active cases.
  • Western Quebec’s public health authority says it will be ready to open six COVID-19 vaccination sites by Feb. 22. The Centre intégré de Santé et Services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) has prepared three main sites for high-volume vaccine delivery that will operate seven days a week at the following locations:Palais des Congrès de Gatineau, Buckingham Community Centre and the Wakefield Community Centre. Three additional sites will open five days a week: Whissell Sports Complex in St-André-Avellin, Que, Centre Multifunctionnel de Maniwaki and the Campbell’s Bay Recreational Centre.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reports 50 new confirmed cases leaving 260 active cases. This is part of a surge that has caused delays in a provincial election in parts of the province.
  • Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting five new COVID-19 cases Friday, while the number of active cases in the province have dropped to 156.
  • Manitoba is reporting 81 new cases along with four new deaths.
  • There are 195 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan, along with two more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 817,163+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,088+ deaths from the infection and 758,328+ recoveries. There are 37,747+ active cases.
  • The prime minister urged vigilance as COVID-19 variants begin to take hold in the country. Eight provinces have now reported cases of the variants. Most cases involve the variant first identified in the U.K.
  • The federal government says the country will receive 84 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will arrive in Canada by the end of September. Procurement Minister Anita Anand says that the government has been able to accelerate delivery of these vaccines.
  • The prime minister says non-essential travellers arriving on international flights into Canada will have to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test and then quarantine in a hotel at their own expense starting Feb. 22. Rules for non-essential travellers arriving at a land border crossing kick in on Feb. 15.
  • Globally, there have now been 107,458,667+ confirmed cases with 2,357,475+ deaths and 60,136,468+ recoveries.

Feb. 11

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 282,511 total cases of COVID-19, adding 945 infections today. The province says some numbers from Toronto have been delayed meaning today’s case count is likely low. The death toll rose by 18 to 6,614. There are 883 people in hospital, down 65, with 299 in intensive care, down 14, 211 on a ventilator, down 15. There are 258 new cases in Peel, 116 in York Region and 112 in Toronto. There are 1,344 more resolved cases for a total of 263,044 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 236 cases of the UK variant, three cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 426,836 doses of vaccine; 136,988 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 68,812 tests the previous day. There have been 10,206,439 tests conducted so far. There are 43,383 tests under review.
  • There are 200 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 369 residents with an infection and 501 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,769 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Hours after the Ontario government announced that every long-term care home resident in the province had been offered their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, they now say that is not the case due to an “internal miscommunication.” Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed the error at a news conference on Thursday.
  • Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has announced a delay to the start of the annual spring break until the week of April 12.
  • In light of recent reports of COVID-19 vaccine queue-jumping, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the provincial government needs better rules.
  • Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman projects the provincial deficit will grow to $35.5 billion in 2020-2021. That figure is forecast to drop to $16 billion by 2024-2025 and remain at that level moving forward, barring any government policy change, he said.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 56 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,815 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 428. Nineteen people are in hospital; four in intensive care. There are 413 active cases and there have been 12,974 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 19 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are five other outbreaks.
  • Dr. Vera Etches is warning the people of Ottawa to “proceed cautiously” when the stay-at-home order ends Deb. 16 and the economy begins to open up after the Family Day long weekend.
  • The 211 service in Ottawa and across Canada is seeing a 30 per cent increase in calls for help accessing food, financial aid, mental health services and housing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to statistics from United Way Centraide Canada.
  • Quebec has now recorded 273,847 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 1,121 new cases today. So far 252,651 have recovered. The death toll is 10,149 with 37 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 874, down 44, with 143 in intensive care, down five. The province completed 32,207 tests on Feb. 9 for a total of 6,185,270. Quebec has injected 272,332 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported eight cases of infection for a total of 5,968, along with a total of 156 deaths. Some 5,710 cases have been resolved. There are 102 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador now has reported 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the virus surges in the province. As a result, the government has delayed voting in the Avalon Penninsula including St. John’s. The province is also extending the deadline for mail-in ballot to Feb. 25. The other 18 election districts will proceed with in-person voting as planned on Feb. 13.
  • New Brunswick is reporting two new cases and one death on Thursday.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases.
  • Manitoba is reporting 90 new cases and three more deaths.
  • The Manitoba government has committed to buy two million doses of a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine currently under clinical trial. Premier Brian Pallister announced the purchase of the Providence Therapeutics COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. He also blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government over their lack of a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine supply, saying their strategy of Canada first was in danger of becoming “Canada last” due to vaccine delays.
  • Saskatchewan is reporting 114 new cases of COVID-19 today.
  • Alberta reported 352 new infections on Thursday, along with 16 additional deaths. The province also found 36 new cases of COVID-19 variants.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 449 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with nine more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 817,163+ confirmed cases. There have been 21,088+ deaths from the infection and 758,328+ recoveries. There are 38,242+ active cases.
  • The Toronto Raptors will play in Tampa for the duration of the NBA season, the team announces.
  • Ontario organizations that take donations of long hair to make wigs for sick children say they’ve seen an uptick in the number of donors, growth that’s at least partly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC has more.
  • A month-long slowdown in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine deliveries should end next week, with the single biggest shipment of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech to date. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander overseeing Canada’s vaccine distribution, says Pfizer has confirmed it will ship 400,000 doses to Canada starting Monday. Over the next four weeks, Canada should get almost 1.8 million doses from Pfizer, and another 168,000 from Moderna. Moderna’s next shipment on Feb. 22 is only two-thirds of what it was supposed to be because of production problems with its Swiss plant.
  • Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government over their lack of a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine supply, saying their strategy of Canada first was in danger of becoming “Canada last” due to vaccine delays.
  • Globally, there have now been 107,458,667+ confirmed cases with 2,357,475+ deaths and 60,136,468+ recoveries.
  • Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID vaccines cut the risk of falling ill with the disease by 65 per cent after just one dose, U.K. government tests show.
  • At least 36 people have developed a rare, life-threatening blood disorder, called thrombocytopenia, after receiving either of the two vaccines authorized in the U.S. One of them, Miami obstetrician Dr Gregory Michael, died after thrombocytopenia caused his platelets to drop to virtually zero. He was just 56 and died of a brain hemorrhage just 16 days after receiving Pfizer‘s shot. 

Feb. 10

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 281,566 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,072 infections today. The death toll rose by 41 to 6,596. There are 948 people in hospital, up 39, with 313 in intensive care, down five, 226 on a ventilator, up three. There are 393 new cases in Toronto, 196 in Peel and 125 in York Region. There are 1,709 more resolved cases for a total of 261,700 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 228 cases of the UK variant, three cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 412,119 doses of vaccine; 125,725 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 52,504 tests the previous day. There have been 10,137,627 tests conducted so far. There are 41,725 tests under review.
  • There are 200 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 394 residents with an infection and 568 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,760 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 26 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,759 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 428, up one. Nineteen people are in hospital; five in intensive care. There are 402 active cases and there have been 12,929 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 19 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and seven in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks.
  • The manager at the Stirling Park Retirement Community in Ottawa has been suspended amid allegations that a housekeeper at the home was bumped from the COVID-19 vaccine queue so the manager’s wife could be vaccinated instead. The Ottawa Citizen has more.
  • Three health units west of Ottawa will move into the province’s green zone today: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.
  • Quebec has now recorded 272,726 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 989 new cases today. So far 249,361 have recovered. The death toll is 10,112 with 34 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 918, down 22, with 148 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 26,470 tests on Feb. 8 for a total of 6,153,063. Quebec has injected 266,590 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported seven cases of infection for a total of 5,960, along with a total of 156 deaths. Some 5,684 cases have been resolved. There are 113 active cases.
  • Nova Scotia reported one new case on Wednesday. There are nine active cases in the province.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 53 new confirmed cases and another 32 presumptive positives today. This comes as the St. John’s area is going into a two-week circuit breaker lockdown which includes a suspension of in-class learning. St. John’s voters, isolating because of potential exposure to COVID-19, will be able to cast their ballot from their cars on election day. Elections Newfoundland and Labrador is establishing a drive-thru isolation voting station. Election Day is Feb. 13.
  • New Brunswick is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19.
  • Manitoba reports 59 new cases and six more deaths today.
  • Saskatchewan reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 and two new virus-related deaths Wednesday. 
  • Alberta confirmed 339 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with six more deaths.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 469 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with six more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 813,846+ confirmed cases. There have been 20,998+ deaths from the infection and 752,418+ recoveries. There are 39,179+ active cases.
  • The federal government is promising cash-strapped cities $14.9 billion in permanent funding for their public-transit systems — though most of the money won’t start flowing until later in the decade. The cities will get about $6 billion of the amount right away for shovel-ready projects.
  • Globally, there have now been 107,002,486+ confirmed cases with 2,343,477+ deaths and 59,846,800+ recoveries.
  • Iceland recently became the first country in Europe to issue and recognize COVID-19 vaccination certificates, which it hopes will allow vaccinated individuals to travel freely within its borders and abroad. 

Feb. 9

  • Ottawa Public Health reported 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,733 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 427, up one. Twenty-five people are in hospital; five in intensive care. There are 420 active cases and there have been 12,886 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 19 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and six in schools and child-care centres. There are two other outbreaks.
  • Ottawa has its first confirmed case of the B.1.351 variant of COVID-19, which was first identified in South Africa. Six cases of the B.1.1.7 variant — first identified in the U.K.— have been confirmed to date.
  • Ottawa’s Board of Health has voted to ask the Ontario government to institute paid sick days for workers.
  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 280,494 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,022 infections today. The death toll rose by 17 to 6,555. There are 909 people in hospital, up eight, with 318 in intensive care, down 17, 223 on a ventilator, down three. There are 343 new cases in Toronto, 250 in Peel and 128 in York Region. There are 1,388 more resolved cases for a total of 259,991 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 227 cases of the UK variant, three cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 398,633 doses of vaccine; 115,529 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 30,798 tests the previous day. There have been 10,085,123 tests conducted so far. There are 33,273 tests under review.
  • There are 205 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 459 residents with an infection and 651 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,747 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Calabogie Peaks Resort will open to skiers Thursday. The hill about an hour west of Ottawa will be one of two in Ontario allowed to open this week, along with Batawa Ski Hill north of Trenton.
  • The Ontario government announced Monday that teams competing in the NHL’s all-Canadian North Division will be permitted to dine inside certain Ontario restaurants despite ongoing stay-at-home orders within the province because of the league’s strict COVID-19 testing policy.
  • Quebec has now recorded 271,737 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 826 new cases today. So far 250,652 have recovered. The death toll is 10,078 with 32 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 940, down 29, with 145 in intensive care, down 15. The province completed 18,512 tests on Feb. 7 for a total of 6,132,644. Quebec has injected 262,594 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported seven cases of infection for a total of 5,960, along with a total of 156 deaths. Some 5,684 cases have been resolved. There are 113 active cases.
  • Quebec announced Tuesday it had identified two new cases of the South African variant in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, in addition to the eight cases of the U.K. variant previously identified. 
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has confirmed 30 new cases of COVID-19. The province has 57 active cases. Public Health has implemented a ‘two-week circuit breaker’ for St. John’s-Metro region.
  • Nova Scotia reported one new case of the coronavirus on Tuesday and said nine cases remain active in the province. Nova Scotia has imposed a 14-day quarantine on people arriving in the province from Newfoundland.
  • Manitoba announced 75 new cases and three more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with the province’s first case of infection by the U.K. variant of the virus. Meanwhile, the premier announced the province will reopen gyms, restaurants, nail salons and places of worship and allow some sports to resume Friday so long as pandemic protocols are followed.
  • Saskatchewan reported five more residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, in addition to 80 new cases.
  • Alberta is reporting 195 new cases and 12 more deaths.
  • Police have charged Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church west of Edmonton, Alberta, after the church opened for two weekends in a row after a public health order was issued for its closure.
  • British Columbia health officials announced 435 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, along with four more deaths.
  • So far today Canada has seen 810,796+ confirmed cases. There have been 20,908+ deaths from the infection and 748,498+ recoveries. There are 40,175+ active cases.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says starting Feb 15, any non-essential traveller arriving in Canada by land will need to show a recent negative COVID-19 test. Without the test, a person could be in for a fine of up to $3,000. The latest statistics from the Canada Border Services Agency show that since the end of March 2.9 million people, excluding truck drivers, entered through a land border crossing, while 2.4 million arrived by airplane.
  • Self-employed Canadians who used a gross income number to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and faced repaying thousands of dollars in CERB money will be let off the hook, the prime minister announced today, as long as they meet specific criteria for the benefit. Those self-employed who earned more than $75,000 will get a one year holiday from any interest owed.
  • Health Canada has agreed with a request from Pfizer to recognize that each vial of the company’s vaccine includes six doses, not five. The labelling change means more shots can be squeezed out of each vial with the use of low dead-volume syringes which the federal government is now supplying to the provinces. It also means the company can ship fewer vials and still meet its contractual obligations to send a certain number of doses to Canada.
  • The prime minister says “tens of thousands” of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Canada this week. About 70,000 doses will arrive this week; 400,000 doses will be distributed next week and 475,000 doses in the last week of February, says Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, who is running Canada’s vaccine distribution program..
  • Air Canada is laying off more than 1,500 workers and shutting down 17 routes, most of them for international destinations.
  • Globally, there have now been 106,585,708+ confirmed cases with 2,328,383+ deaths and 59,514,849+ recoveries.
  • A World Health Organization panel (WHO) of experts has recommended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in settings where variants of the coronavirus are circulating.

Feb. 8

  • Ontario has reported it has now seen 279,472 total cases of COVID-19, adding 1,265 infections today. The death toll rose by 33 to 6,538. There are 901 people in hospital, down 25, with 335 in intensive care, 226 on a ventilator, down seven. There are 421 new cases in Toronto, 256 in Peel and 130 in York Region. There are 1,700 more resolved cases for a total of 258,603 recoveries.
  • The province has now identified 219 cases of the UK variant, one case of the South African variant and one case of the Brazilian variant.
  • Ontario has administered 386,171 doses of vaccine; 106,163 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.
  • The province completed 28,303 tests the previous day. There have been 10,054,325 tests conducted so far. There are 10,693 tests under review.
  • There are 213 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 494 residents with an infection and 686 staff. So far in the pandemic, 3,740 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • A Toronto resident, who recently travelled from Brazil, has tested positive for the COVID variant that is spreading in the South American nation. The individual is now in hospital, Toronto Public Health says.
  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced a relaxation of the lockdown restrictions in the province. All health units except Toronto, Peel and York will be able to reopen gradually starting by Feb. 16. Some areas including Kingston and Renfrew Country will re-enter the green zone on Wednesday. The state of emergency was to expire Tuesday. At that point the regions will transition back to the government’s colour-coded restrictions system over the next three weeks. 
  • The province is including an “emergency brake” system in the process that will allow for a quick shutdown of a region of COVID surges as the new variants threaten to do.
  • The premier sported a Toronto Maple Leafs mask at the briefing today. We expect him to wear a Senators mask at the next opportunity.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 38 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The city has now seen 13,708 cases since the first wave of infections began. The death toll is 426, up two. Twenty-three people are in hospital; six in intensive care. There are 456 active cases and there have been 12,826 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 21 Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and five in schools and child-care centres. There are two other outbreaks.
  • Since last summer, St. Faustina church in Cumberland has been offering drive-in services in its parking lot every Sunday. CBC has more.
  • Quebec has now recorded 270,911 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 853 new cases today. So far 249,361 have recovered, 1,193 in the past 24 hours. The death toll is now 10,046 with 17 more deaths reported. The number in hospital is 969, up six, with 160 in intensive care, up two. The province completed 22,502 tests on Feb. 6 for a total of 6,114,112. Quebec has injected 259,188 doses of vaccine so far.
  • The Outaouais reported 11 cases of infection for a total of 5,942, along with a total of 156 deaths. Some 5,669 cases have been resolved. There are 117 active cases.
  • In Quebec, non-essential businesses and museums can open, but the provincial curfew remains in force.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reports 11 new cases of COVID-19. The large number of cases, the most since April 2020, has prompted a number of special orders for the St. John’s area, including suspension of group and team sports, arts and cultural activities, including band, choir and dance classes. Residents in long term care homes can now only have 2 visitors, and there will be no group activities.
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia identified one new case of COVID-19 on Monday. Eight active cases remain in the province. Nova Scotia is relaxing restrictions today including allowing retail businesses and fitness facilities to open to 75 per cent capacity and performing arts venues and sporting events to be able to host crowds of 150 outdoors and 100 indoors.
  • New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, reported two new cases on Monday, the lowest daily case count since New Year’s Day.
  • Manitoba is reporting 53 cases today along with four more deaths.
  • Saskatchewan recorded 171 new cases on Monday, along with two more deaths.
  • Some restrictions are lifting today in Alberta including on gyms, restaurants for in-person dining, although there are seating limits, and  it had added “limited school and minor sport training” as well as eased restrictions of dance and gymnastic classes. Alberta reported 269 new cases along with five more deaths.
  • British Columbia health officials have reported 1,236 new cases and 13 deaths more from COVID-19 since the last update on Feb. 5.
  • So far today Canada has seen 809,036+ confirmed cases. There have been 20,839+ deaths from the infection and 741,659+ recoveries. There are 44,727+ active cases.
  • Globally, there have now been 106,227,670+ confirmed cases with 2,318,696+ deaths and 59,250,298+ recoveries.
  • South Africa has suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine because of a study that indicates the vaccine is not that effective against the variant that is dominant in the country. The vaccine seems to be effective against the UK variant currently dominant in Britain. Canada is on the verge of approving this week the vaccine for use in Canada. The vaccine is the centre of a debate in Canada because the federal government is drawing 1.9 million doses from the COVAX stockpile.

For COVID-19 news from Dec. 2 to Feb. 8, please see capitalcurrent.ca/tracking-covid-19-dec-2/