Ontario reports 328 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 328 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the ninth day in a row the count is fewer than 500. The provincial case total now stands at 595,563.

Of the 328 new cases recorded, the data showed 177 were unvaccinated people, 16 were partially vaccinated people, 105 were fully vaccinated people and for 30 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Tuesday’s report, 60 cases were recorded in Peel Region, 52 in Toronto, 20 in Ottawa, 19 in Windsor-Essex, 18 in Middlesex-London, 17 in Hamilton, 16 in Lambton Public Health,

All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,819 as four more deaths were recorded.

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

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, 21,310 vaccines (7,551 for a first shot and 8,343 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 10.8 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 83.2 per cent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage stands at 87.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, 582,072 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 498 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,672— down from the previous day when it was at 3,846, and is down from Oct. 12 when it was at 4,369. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

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The seven-day average has now reached 407, which is down from the week prior when it was 525. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 700.

The government said 20,792 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 15,515 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 1.5 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 1.9 per cent.

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Hospitalizations in Ontario

Ontario reported 260 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 115 from the previous day) with 159 patients in intensive care units (down by 9) and 130 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (down by eight).

In the third wave peak, which was the worst wave for hospitalizations, the province saw as many as 900 patients in ICUs with COVID and almost 2,400 in general hospital wards.

Provincial officials announced they would start including the vaccination status of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reporting. They noted the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is collected. There may be a discrepancy due to how and when the information for both is collected.

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For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 102 were unvaccinated, 10 were partially vaccinated and 35 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 74 were unvaccinated while 4 were partially vaccinated and 26 were fully vaccinated.

Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consists of:

“Alpha” the B.1.1.7 VOC (first detected in the United Kingdom): 146,495 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day. This strain dominated Ontario’s third wave.

“Delta” the B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 19,976 variant cases, which is up by 96 since the previous day. This strain is dominating Ontario’s fourth wave.

“Beta” the B.1.351 VOC (first detected in South Africa): 1,503 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (first detected in Brazil): 5,230 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

NOTE: It takes several days for positive COVID-19 tests to be re-examined for the exact variant. Therefore, there may be more variant cases than overall cases in daily reporting.

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

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  • 297,685 people are male — an increase of 154 cases.
  • 295,739 people are female — an increase of 184 cases.
  • 16,925 people are under the age of four — an increase of 19 cases.
  • 31,120 people are 5 to 11 — an increase of 57 cases.
  • 53,185 people are 12 to 19 — an increase of 26 cases.
  • 224,285 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 106 cases.
  • 166,848 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 81 cases.
  • 77,073 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 36 cases.
  • 26,020 people are 80 and over — an increase of 4 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:

  • Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: Six
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 99
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 680
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,207 (+3)
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,826 (+1)
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data

More to come.

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