The province released its count for new COVID-19 cases in Ontario today, and it's lower than we've seen in months.
Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed 1,670 new infections in the province on Wednesday, and almost 55,200 tests completed.
Ontario is reporting 1,670 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 55,200 tests completed. Locally, there are 450 new cases in… https://t.co/O7urHM2bGM— Christine Elliott (@Christine Elliott) 1611760535.0
According to the province's data, case counts haven't been in this range since late November, particularly on November 27 when 1,855 were reported.
Only last week, Ontario was logging over 2,600 cases per day, around 1,000 more than we are seeing today.
Biostatistician and COVID-19 analyst Ryan Imgrund noted last week that the province's lockdown measures seem to be working.
He told Narcity that, "for the first time since the summer, weekly case counts are down in every single age group."
The province continues to monitor new infections that could be linked to COVID-19 variants of concern.
The Simcoe-Muskoka health unit identified 99 new possible cases of the U.K. variant on Wednesday, most of which are part of a single long-term care outbreak.
"We need to assume that a variant of this virus is everywhere and do everything we can to drive it out," said the region's medical officer of health.