Ontario reported 1,536 new COVID cases on Monday, as case counts continue to rise over the past week and test positivity has reached a nearly seven-month high. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 633,683.

For comparison, last Monday saw 887 new cases and the previous Monday 788. During the last three days, there were 1,476 new cases reported on Sunday, 1,607 on Saturday and 1,453 on Friday.

However, as infections increase, COVID patients in ICUs (intensive care units) have remained relatively stable, but are generally increasing slowly.

Of the 1,536 new cases registered, the data showed that 601 were unvaccinated, 33 were partially vaccinated, 809 were fully vaccinated, and the vaccination status of 93 people was unknown.

The death toll in the province has risen to 10,079 as one more death was reported.

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Vaccinations, recoveries, tests, 7-day average in Ontario

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, there are more than 11.3 million people fully immunized with two doses, representing 87.6% of the population 12 years and older. The coverage of the first dose is 90.3%. There are 1,128,482 Ontarians who have received a booster shot.

For young children ages five to 11, the first dose coverage is 30.9% – 332,757 doses to just over 1 million eligible children.

Meanwhile, 612,066 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 97 percent of known cases. Solved cases increased by 800 compared to the previous day.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 11,538, up from the previous day when it was at 10,803, and has risen since Dec. 6 when it was at 8,439. 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 hit 1,328, a month high since late May, when Ontario emerged from a devastating third wave. It’s higher than the week before when it was 940. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 600.

The government said 38,331 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. 15,048 tests are currently being investigated.

The positivity of the tests reached 5.5 percent, the highest since the end of May. Last week, the test positivity was 3.5 percent.

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Ontario Hospitalizations

Ontario reported that 253 people in general hospital wards had COVID-19 (31 more than the day before) with 161 patients in intensive care units (three more) and 143 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (five more).

Ontario health officials have recently said that intensive care occupancy can affect 250 to 300 patients before the health care system is affected and requires the reduction of some non-urgent surgeries and procedures.

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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.

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Due to the weekend, the latest data comes from Saturday. For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 166 were not vaccinated, 14 were partially vaccinated, and 84 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICU, 68 were not vaccinated while 3 were partially vaccinated and 25 were fully vaccinated.

Provincial officials noted this new dataset with vaccination status for hospitalizations it will grow and improve over time as more information is collected. There may also be a discrepancy due to how and when information from both is collected.

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