Ontario reported 417 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a slight increase from the previous day, but also below the seven-day average. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 593,437.
Of the 417 new cases registered, the data showed that 228 were unvaccinated, 16 were partially vaccinated, 146 were fully vaccinated, and for 27 people the vaccination status was unknown.
According to Thursday report, 69 cases were recorded in Toronto, 44 in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, 43 in the Peel Region, 30 in Hamilton, 29 in Ottawa and 23 in Windsor-Essex.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 20 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 9,807, as three more deaths were recorded.
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Vaccinations, recoveries, tests, 7-day average in Ontario
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, 28,756 vaccines (10,346 for a first injection and 18,410 for a second injection) were administered on the last day.
There are more than 10.7 million people fully immunized with two doses, representing 82.6% of the eligible population (12 years and older). The coverage of the first dose is 87.2%.
Meanwhile, 579,608 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 percent of known cases. Solved cases increased by 528 compared to the previous day.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 4,022, down from the previous day when it was at 4,136, and down from Oct. 7 when it was at 4,575. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases reached just over 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases exceeded 43,000.
The seven-day average has now reached 476, which is less than the previous week when it was 565. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 700.
The government said 35,421 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. Currently 18,914 tests are being investigated.
The positivity of the test reached 1.5 percent. Last week, the test positivity was 1.7 percent.
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Ontario reported that 254 people in general hospital wards had COVID-19 (12 more than the day before) with 158 patients in intensive care units (five more) and 129 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (five more).
At the peak of the third wave, which was the worst wave of hospitalizations, the province saw up to 900 ICU patients with COVID and almost 2,400 in general hospital wards.
Provincial officials recently announced that they would begin to include the vaccination status of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reports. They noted that the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is collected. There may be a discrepancy due to how and when information from both is collected.
For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 98 were not vaccinated, 13 were partially vaccinated, and 31 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICU, 79 were not vaccinated, while 6 were partially vaccinated and 13 were fully vaccinated.
Worrisome variants in Ontario
Officials have listed disaggregated data for the new VOCs (variants of interest) detected so far in the province, consisting of:
“Alpha” VOC B.1.1.7 (first detected in UK): 146,494 variant cases, representing an increase of 2 from the previous day. This strain dominated the third wave of Ontario.
“Delta” VOC B.1.617.2 (first detected in India): 19,518 variant cases, representing an increase of 70 from the previous day. This strain dominates the fourth wave of Ontario.
VOC B.1.351 “Beta” (first detected in South Africa): 1,503 variant cases, unchanged from the previous day.
“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (detected for the first time in Brazil): 5,229 variant cases, which remains unchanged from the previous day.
NOTE: It takes several days for positive COVID-19 tests to be retested to determine the exact variant. Therefore, there may be more variant cases than general cases in the daily reports.
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