Ontario reports 904 COVID cases as stay-at-home order lifts in 28 regions

The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 904 new cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday.

The province is also reporting 964 cases from Monday that were not reported earlier due to the Family Day holiday.

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

The province said 742 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, with 292 in intensive care and 201 on ventilators.

More than 57,300 tests were completed over Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

The province says 10,679 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered yesterday, for a total of 467,626 given out so far.

The latest numbers come as a stay-at-home order lifts for 27 Ontario public health units today.

The units will now return to the province’s colour-coded pandemic restrictions system that was used prior to a provincewide lockdown that began on Boxing Day.

Niagara Region is the only region in the grey-lockdown zone — the most strict level — which allows most businesses to open at 25 per cent capacity.

The rest of the regions, most of them outside the Greater Toronto Area, fall elsewhere along the scale that moves from red — the second-most strict level — through green, with lighter restrictions on businesses and gatherings at each stage.

Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and North Bay Parry Sound are set to remain under the stay-at-home order until at least Feb. 22.