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Ontario reports fewer than 600 COVID-19 cases, 7-day average rises again

Ontario is reporting 591 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the rolling seven-day average continues to climb.

The weekly average of new infections now sits at 686, up nearly 100 cases from one week ago and reaching the highest point since Sep. 22.

The province is also reporting seven additional deaths due to the virus.

Ontario reported 512 new cases last Tuesday.

There were 30,092 tests completed in the last day and the province reports a test positivity rate of 2.5 per cent.


Graphic courtesy of @jwan_md


Among the new cases, 307 are in people who are not fully vaccinated and 47 are in individuals with an unknown vaccination status. Residents who are not fully vaccinated represent just under 25 per cent of the province’s population and 52 per cent of Wednesday’s new infections.

There are 289 people in the province hospitalized with COVID-19 and 137 in the ICU. ICU occupancy is up three beds compared to a day ago.

Among the individuals in the ICU, 123 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

An additional 12,706 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24-hour period, 89 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have now received one dose and 86.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

A small group of children between the ages of five and 11 in Toronto became the first in that cohort in the province to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that as of 5 p.m., over 87,500 youth COVID-19 vaccine appointments had been made through Ontario’s booking portal.

That figure doesn’t include bookings through individual health units, pharmacies and primary care sites offering the shots.




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