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Ontario reports 348 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Ontario reports 348 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Ontario is reporting 348 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, breaking a five-day trend that saw daily case counts above 500. The provincial case total now stands at 556,435.

Of the 348 new cases recorded, the data showed 203 were unvaccinated people, 49 were partially vaccinated people, 79 were full vaccinated people and 17 were unknown.

According to Tuesday’s report, 85 cases were recorded in Toronto, 45 in Peel Region, 41 in Windsor-Essex, 34 in Hamilton and 32 in York Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 30 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,428 as 10 deaths were recorded. However, the ministry of health said six of the deaths occurred more than two months ago due to a data cleanup.

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As of 8 p.m. on Monday, 40,626 vaccines (11,267 for a first shot and 29,359 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 9.6 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 73.7 per cent of the eligible (12+) population. First dose coverage stands at 81.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, 543,077 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 280 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,930 — up from the previous day when it was at 3,872, and is up from Aug. 10 when it was at 2,494. 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 473 which is up from yesterday at 469, and is up from last week when it was 306. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 150.

The government said 17,408 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 10,829 tests awaiting results.

Test positivity for Tuesday hit 2.6 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 1.7 per cent.

Ontario reported 108 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 10 from the previous day) with 119 patients in intensive care units (up by three) and 92 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by three).

Provincial officials recently announced they would start including the vaccination status of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reporting.

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They noted the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is collected.

The most recent data on Tuesday showed for those in general hospital wards with COVID, 61 were unvaccinated, 7 were partially vaccinated and 14 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 3 were fully vaccinated while 49 were unvaccinated and 5 were partially vaccinated.

More to come.

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