Durham students can return to school for in-person learning February 8

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

The province previously said that students in regions with the highest levels of COVID-19 transmission, including Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Windsor-Essex, and Hamilton, would be learning from home until at least February 10. "Until everyone can receive the vaccine, it remains critical that Ontarians stay home and continue to follow public health measures to stop the spread and save lives".

That number for Niagara will be different than what Niagara Region Public Health releases at noon, due to a difference in when the data is collected. On Monday, 1,969 new cases were recorded and 1,848 on Sunday.

When asked why other hotspots are allowed to open on February 8, but Toronto, Peel, and York are not, Williams said that it was done in consultation with the local medical officers of health and their school boards.

Health officials said both the United Kingdom and South African variants are present in Ontario.

In total, 360 people have recovered from confirmed infection of COVID-19. "We anticipate fluctuations in case numbers over the next few days".

Ontario's provincial government made the announcement today, February 3, 2021, after a meeting with cabinet earlier this morning.

The seven-day average has now reached 1,675, down from yesterday at 1,746, and down from last week at 2,205 - showing a downward trend in new cases. We now have 1,192 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 341 people in the ICU and 252 in the ICU on a ventilator. A total of 9,784,846 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

According to OPH's COVID-19 dashboard, Ottawa received 4,875 additional doses of vaccine on Monday. Once sufficient doses are available, vaccinations will resume to provide first doses for staff and essential caregivers in settings with the most vulnerable populations. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only vaccines now approved in Canada, require two shots.

Nationally, there were 49,562 cases listed as active and 20,213 deaths.

19,093 people are 80 and over - an increase of 56 cases.

As of last week, the number of United Kingdom variant COVID-19 cases in the province is posted daily on the Ontario COVID-19 website, with a breakdown of how many cases have occurred per public health unit included in the provincial epidemiologic summary. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available.

There are 216 current outbreaks in homes, which is a decrease of eight from the previous day.