Ontario reported 789 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, breaking a three-day stretch that saw cases below 600 as the number of evidence processed increased after Labor Day weekend. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 572,130.

Of the 789 new cases recorded, the data showed that 497 were unvaccinated, 57 were partially vaccinated, 178 were fully vaccinated, and the vaccination status of 66 people was unknown.

According to Thursday report, 159 cases were recorded in Toronto, 73 in the Peel region, 72 in each Ottawa and York region, 66 in Windsor-Essex, 55 in Hamilton, 38 in the Niagara region and 37 in Simcoe-Muskoka.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 35 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,579, as three new deaths were recorded. In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Health said that seven more deaths occurred more than a month ago due to data cleansing and were added to the grand total.

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Ontario Hospitalizations

Ontario reported 365 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (a decrease of 10 from the previous day) with 185 patients in intensive care units (a decrease of nine) and 160 ICU patients on a ventilator (a decrease of six).

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, 162 were not vaccinated, 14 were partially vaccinated, and 28 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICU, 113 were not vaccinated, while seven were partially vaccinated and eight were fully vaccinated.

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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. Data from the province have recorded that 5,689 patients in total have ever been in the ICU with 29,298 patients who have been hospitalized for COVID since the start of the pandemic.

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

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, 38,391 vaccines (18,043 for a first injection and 20,348 for a second injection) were administered on the last day.

There are more than 10.1 million people fully immunized with two doses, representing 77.5% of the eligible population (12 years and older). The coverage of the first dose is 84%.

Meanwhile, 556,495 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 percent of known cases. Solved cases increased by 772 compared to the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 6,056, up from the day before when it was at 6,040, and it has risen since Sept. 2 when it was at 6,031. 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.

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The seven-day average has now hit 723, which is down from yesterday’s 732, and is down from last week when it was 728. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 300. .

The government said 29,684 tests were processed in the last 24 hours (the most daily tests in two months), the last three days registering test levels between 17,000 and 22,000. There is currently an accumulation of 14,130 tests awaiting results.

The positivity of the test reached 3.1 percent. Last week, the positivity of the test was 3 percent.

Worrisome variants in Ontario

Officials have listed disaggregated data for the new VOCs (variants of interest) detected so far in the province, consisting of:

VOC B.1.1.7 ‘Alpha’ (first detected in UK): 146,440 variant cases, representing an increase of three from the previous day. This strain dominated the third wave of Ontario.

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VOC B.1.351 “Beta” (first detected in South Africa): 1,501 variant cases, unchanged from the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (detected for the first time in Brazil): 5,223 variant cases, which remains unchanged from the previous day.

“Delta” VOC B.1.617.2 (first detected in India): 13,303 variant cases, representing an increase of 295 from the previous day. This strain dominates the fourth wave of Ontario.

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.

Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 285,113 people are men, an increase of 396 cases.
  • 283,067 people are women, an increase of 375 cases.
  • 15,646 people are under the age of four, an increase of 35 cases.
  • 27,827 people are between the ages of 5 and 11, an increase of 101 cases.
  • 50,988 people are between the ages of 12 and 19, an increase of 85 cases.
  • 215,521 people are between 20 and 39 years old, an increase of 295 cases.
  • 161,528 people are between 40 and 59 years old, an increase of 190 cases.
  • 74,660 people are between 60 and 79 years old, an increase of 73 cases.
  • 25,553 people are 80 years or older, an increase of 19 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or sex.
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Here’s a breakdown of total COVID-19 related deaths by age:

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  • Deaths reported in children under 19 years: 5
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 91
  • Deaths reported ages 40 to 59: 634
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,107 (+5)
  • Deaths reported in 80 years or more: 5,741 (+5)
  • The province indicates that there may be a delay in the notification of deaths and data

Cases, Deaths, and Outbreaks in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 3,802 deaths have been reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes in Ontario, representing an increase of three deaths from the previous day. Thirteen virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

There are 7 current outbreaks in households, which has not changed from the previous day.

The ministry also noted that there are currently 28 active cases among long-term care residents and 19 active cases among staff: an increase of one and a decrease of four, respectively, in the last day.

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