Ontario reported 864 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a jump from the past two days that saw counts below 600, yet daily test numbers continue to rise. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 577,253.
Of the 864 new cases recorded, the data showed that 533 were unvaccinated, 56 were partially vaccinated, 209 were fully vaccinated, and the vaccination status of 66 people was unknown.
According to Thursday report162 cases were recorded in Toronto, 122 in the Peel region, 78 in the York region, 64 in Ottawa, 53 in Hamilton, and 50 in Windsor-Essex.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 9,632 with three deaths occurring in the past month, the Ontario health ministry said.
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Vaccinations, recoveries, tests, 7-day average in Ontario
At 8pm on Wednesday, 35,271 vaccines (15,271 for a first injection and 20,192 for a second injection) were administered on the last day.
There are more than 10.2 million people fully immunized with two doses, representing 78.5% of the eligible population (12 years and over). The coverage of the first dose is 84.7%.
Meanwhile, 561,492 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 percent of known cases. The solved cases increased by 668 compared to the previous day.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 6,129, an increase from the previous day when it was at 5,936, and is also up from Sept. 9 when it was at 6,056. 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 732, which is an increase from yesterday’s 722, and is up from last week when it was 723. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 500. .
The government said 34,365 tests were processed in the last 24 hours, the highest number of tests since the end of May. There is currently a backlog of 16,278 tests awaiting results.
The positivity of the test reached 2.4 percent. Last week, the positivity of the test was 3.1 percent.
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Ontario reported that 348 people in general hospital wards had COVID-19 (two more than the day before) with 191 patients in intensive care units (three more) and 167 ICU patients with a ventilator (two more).
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.
For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 146 were not vaccinated, 9 were partially vaccinated, and 29 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICU, 115 were not vaccinated, while 10 were partially vaccinated and 13 were fully vaccinated.
At the peak of the third wave, which was the worst wave of hospitalizations, the province saw up to 900 ICU patients with COVID. Data from the province have recorded that 5,743 patients in total have ever been in the ICU and 29,510 patients have been hospitalized for COVID since the start of the pandemic.
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): 146,452 variant cases, representing an increase of one case. This strain dominated the third wave of Ontario.
“Delta” VOC B.1.617.2 (first detected in India): 15,925 variant cases, representing an increase of 236 from the previous day. This strain dominates the fourth wave of Ontario.
VOC B.1.351 “Beta” (first detected in South Africa): 1,502 variant cases, unchanged from the previous day.
“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (detected for the first time in Brazil): 5,227 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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Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:
- 287,664 people are men, an increase of 418 cases.
- 285,587 people are women, an increase of 445 cases.
- 15,925 people are less than four years old, an increase of 50 cases.
- 28,422 people are between the ages of 5 and 11, an increase of 92 cases.
- 51,491 people are between 12 and 19 years old, an increase of 69 cases.
- 217,931 people are between the ages of 20 and 39, an increase of 384 cases.
- 162,638 people are between 40 and 59 years old, an increase of 183 cases.
- 75,094 people are between 60 and 79 years old, an increase of 73 cases.
- 25,645 people are 80 or older, an increase of 12 cases.
- The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or sex.
Here’s a breakdown of total COVID-19 related deaths by age:
- Deaths reported in children under 19 years: 5
- Deaths reported ages 20 to 39: 94
- Deaths reported ages 40 to 59: 644
- Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,126 (+1)
- Deaths reported in 80 years or more: 5,762 (+2)
- The province indicates that there may be a delay in the notification of deaths and data
Cases Among Ontario School Staff and Students
In the meantime, government figures show There are currently 348 of the 4,844 schools in Ontario with at least one case of COVID-19.
On Wednesday, Ontario reported 109 new COVID-19 cases in schools, 98 among students, 8 among staff, and 3 cases among individuals who were not identified.
There are 558 active infections among students and staff, an increase from the 476 active cases reported the previous day.
A school is closed as a result of positive cases.
Cases, Deaths, and Outbreaks in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes
According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 3,807 deaths have been reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes in Ontario, representing an increase of one death from the day before. Thirteen virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.
There are seven current outbreaks in households, which have not changed from the previous day.
The ministry also indicated that there are currently 33 active cases among long-term care residents and 19 active cases among staff: a decrease of eight and a decrease of four, respectively, in the last day.
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