Ontario reported 563 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the first time the count surpassed 500 in nearly four weeks. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 602,087.

For comparison, last Friday he saw 419 new cases and the previous Friday he saw 492. All three Fridays saw comparable test volumes in the 30,000 range. The last time the case count surpassed 500 was on October 10, when 535 new cases were recorded.

Of the 563 new cases recorded, the data showed that 259 were unvaccinated, 15 were partially vaccinated, 249 were fully vaccinated, and for 40 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to friday report, 52 cases were recorded in the York region, 49 in Simcoe Muskoka, 44 each in Toronto, Peel region and Ottawa, 37 in Windsor-Essex, 29 in the Southwest and 28 in North Bay. All other local public health units reported fewer than 25 new cases in the provincial report.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 9,896, as five new deaths were recorded.

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

At 8 p.m. Thursday, 15,901 shots (5,442 for a first injection and 10,459 for a second injection) were administered on the last day.

There are more than 11 million people fully immunized with two doses, representing 84.9% of the eligible population (12 years and over). The coverage of the first dose is 88.4%.

Meanwhile, 588,796 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 percent of known cases. Solved cases increased by 352 compared to the previous day.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,395, up from the previous day when it was at 3,189, and has risen since Oct. 29 when it was at 3,038. 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 hit 404, which is up from the previous week when it was 355. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 575.

The government said 30,187 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. 13,655 tests are currently being investigated.

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The positivity of the test reached 1.8 percent. Last week, the positivity of the test was 1.3 percent.

Ontario Hospitalizations

Ontario reported 225 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (nine fewer than the previous day) with 129 intensive care unit patients (less than one) and 109 intensive care unit patients on a ventilator (no change) .

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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.

For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 83 were not vaccinated, 12 were partially vaccinated, and 57 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICU, 59 were not vaccinated, while 2 were partially vaccinated and 12 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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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 (detected for the first time in the United Kingdom): 146,511 variant cases, of which 2 cases were eliminated from the previous day. This strain dominated the third wave of Ontario.

“Delta” VOC B.1.617.2 (first detected in India): 21,442 variant cases, representing an increase of 119 from the previous day. This strain dominates the fourth wave of Ontario.

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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): 5,231 variant cases, which remains unchanged from the previous day.

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

  • 300,995 people are men, an increase of 288 cases.
  • 298,944 people are women, an increase of 272 cases.
  • 17,260 people are under the age of four, an increase of 29 cases.
  • 32,130 people are between the ages of 5 and 11, an increase of 73 cases.
  • 53,718 people are between 12 and 19 years old, an increase of 37 cases.
  • 226,279 people are between the ages of 20 and 39, an increase of 170 cases.
  • 168,515 people are between 40 and 59 years old, an increase of 144 cases.
  • 77,901 people are between 60 and 79 years old, an increase of 75 cases.
  • 26,177 people are 80 years or older, an increase of 36 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:

  • Deaths reported in children under 19 years: six
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 103
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 690 (+1)
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,243 (+1)
  • Deaths reported in 80 years or more: 5,853 (+3)
  • 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 488 of the 4,844 schools in Ontario with at least one case of COVID-19.

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On Friday, Ontario reported 67 new cases of COVID-19 in schools: 59 among students, 6 among staff and two people were not identified. Data was collected between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon, a 24-hour period.

There are 913 active infections among students and staff, an increase from the 959 active cases reported Thursday.

Four schools are closed as a result of positive cases.

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

According to the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, 3,824 deaths have been reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes in Ontario, which has not changed from the day before. Thirteen virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

There are 2 current outbreaks in households, which has not changed from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated that there are currently 2 active cases among long-term care residents and 9 active cases among staff, both unchanged on the last day.

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