The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
The Ontario government has identified the next groups in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The province's vaccine taskforce released the list in a memo sent to regional public health officers today.
Ongoing vaccine shipment delays forced the province to concentrate its inoculation efforts on long-term care residents in recent weeks.
But today's memo says immediate priority should now be given to 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 is reporting 910 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 15 additional deaths linked to the pandemic.
Two of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours while the rest happened earlier.
Hospitalizations dropped by seven to 805, with 132 people in intensive care, which is two more than the day before.
Two deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 were found to be unrelated and removed from the list, bringing the provincial total to 10,214 deaths and 276,790 cases since the pandemic began.
New Brunswick is reporting 2 new cases of COVID-19 today, a significant drop from the 16 reported on Saturday.
The two cases were identified in the Edmundston region bordering Quebec.
There are 150 active cases of the disease in the province.
Six patients are hospitalized, two of whom are in intensive care.
Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting one new case of COVID-19 today.
The case is related to travel outside the Atlantic region and the individual involved is in self-isolation.
The active case count in the province has dropped to nine cases from the 10 reported on Saturday.
Nova Scotia completed 1,429 COVID-19 tests yesterday.
Ontario is reporting 981 new cases of COVID-19 today and 42 more deaths linked to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 122 new cases in Toronto, 209 in Peel Region, and 171 in York Region.
The province says 48,701 tests were completed since the last daily update.
Meanwhile, health authorities in North Bay, Ont., say a case of the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been identified among the city's current infections.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2021
The Canadian Press