Ontario Reports 8,825 New COVID Cases Tuesday | The Canadian News

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 8,825 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a lower count compared to the rest of the week. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 715,405.

Over the past three days, there were 9,418 new infections on Monday, 9,826 reported on Sunday, and a record 10,412 new cases on Saturday. The seven-day average has reached 8,318.

For comparison, last Tuesday he saw 3,453 new cases and the previous Tuesday he saw 1,429 new cases. Tuesdays typically have lowercase counts due to testing over the weekend.

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Elliott said 491 people are hospitalized with COVID, up from Monday’s report when 480 people were hospitalized. There are 187 people in ICUs (intensive care units) due to a COVID-related illness, which is higher than the previous day when there were 176 people.

Despite the recent increase in cases, the number of people in ICUs due to COVID-19 has remained relatively stable, but is now slowly increasing.

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Elliott said more than 144,000 doses of vaccines were administered the day before. He said that 90.7 percent of Ontario residents age 12 and older have received one dose of the vaccine, while 88 percent have received at least two.

Deaths, recoveries, test volumes, test positivity, and data on the vaccination status of the cases and hospitalizations were not available.

The full data set for Ontario’s COVID-19 situation figures was not released due to public holidays; Mondays and Tuesdays are considered legal holidays, as Christmas Day and Boxing Day fell on the weekend of this year.

All data is expected to be updated on Wednesday and will span December 25-29.

Ontario Health Medical Director Dr. Kieran Moore is expected to make an announcement to update the testing guide and case and contact tracing as testing capacity runs out and many are unable to quickly book a test for PCR.

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