Ontario reported 56 more COVID-19 deaths and less than 500 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, the lowest ICU capacity in nearly a month, on Sunday.
The latest deaths, according to a Ministry of Health official, occurred over the preceding 23 days, with two deaths yesterday, 16 on February 4, 9 on February 3, and the rest in the days prior.
Long-term care home residents accounted for 12 of the most recent deaths across the province.
The ministry says one death was removed from the cumulative death total today due to data cleaning. There have been a total of 11,825 virus-related deaths since March 2020.
There are currently 2,230 people hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to 3,019 a week ago, and 486 of those patients are in ICU.
Today marks the first time since Jan. 11 where ICU capacity dipped below 500.
The vaccination status of those in hospital was not available Sunday morning.
Ontario labs processed just over 17,500 coronavirus tests in the 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 11.8 per cent, down from 13.5 per cent a week ago, the ministry says.
The province confirmed 2,887 new COVID-19 infections today, but health officials say that number is an undercount due to testing restrictions.
Meanwhile, there are 290 long-term care homes with an active outbreak of the coronavirus in Ontario, down from 351 a week ago.
89 percent of Ontarians aged five and above had got one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination as of yesterday, 84 percent had received two doses, and 46% had received three doses.
Since January 2020, Ontario has seen 1,054,061 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,007,322 recoveries.
As part of its reopening plan, which seeks to eliminate most public health precautions by mid-March, the province has lifted various limitations, including the reopening of indoor eating, gyms, and movies at 50% occupancy limits.