Ontario reports 573 new COVID-19 cases, another 10 deaths

Ontario reports 573 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as the seven-day average and active cases continue to fall. The total amount of provincial cases is now 590,677.

Of the 573 newly registered cases, the data showed that 300 were unvaccinated, 33 partially vaccinated, 192 fully vaccinated, and for 48 individuals, vaccination status was unknown.

According to Friday’s report, 104 cases were recorded in Toronto, 80 in the Peel Region, 41 in the York Region, 35 in Windsor-Essex, 34 in Ottawa and 31 in Middlesex-London.

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 9,786 when a further 10 deaths were recorded.

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

At 20:00 on Thursday, 30,575 vaccines (11,298 for a first shot and 19,277 for a second shot) were administered on the last day.

There are more than 10.6 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 82 percent of the eligible population (12 and older). The first dose of coverage is 86.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, it was reported that 576,374 Ontario residents had recovered from COVID-19, which is approximately 97 percent of known cases. Solved cases increased by 621 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 4,517 – down from the previous day when it was at 4,575, and have fallen from October 1 when it was at 4,969. On top of the second wave of coronavirus outbreaks in January, active cases hit just over 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases stood at 43,000.

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The seven-day average has now reached 551, which is lower than yesterday at 565, and is also lower than the week before when it was 597. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 700.

The government said 37,118 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 13,993 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 1.8 percent. Last week, the test positivity was also at 1.8 percent.

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Admissions in Ontario

Ontario reported 271 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (down by eight from the previous day) with 154 patients in intensive care units (up by five) and 129 patients in intensive care units on one ventilator (up by four).

On the third wave peak, which was the worst wave of hospitalizations, the province saw as many as 900 patients on ICUs with COVID and nearly 2,400 on general hospital wards.

Provincial officials recently announced that they would begin to include vaccination status for those admitted due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reporting. They noted that the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is gathered. 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, 107 were unvaccinated, 13 were partially vaccinated, and 43 were fully vaccinated. For those on ICUs, 73 were unvaccinated, while 11 were partially vaccinated and 15 were fully vaccinated.

Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have provided breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) so far registered in the province, which consist of:

“Alpha” B.1.1.7 VOC (first registered in the UK): 146,485 variant cases unchanged from the previous day. This tribe dominated Ontario’s third wave.

“Delta” B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 19,080 variant cases, which has increased by 101 since the previous day. This tribe dominates Ontario’s fourth wave.

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

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“Gamma” P.1 VOC (first discovered in Brazil): 5,229 variant cases, which is unchanged from the day before.

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 aggregate cases in daily reporting.

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

  • 294,129 people are men – an increase of 273 cases.
  • 292,354 people are women – an increase of 279 cases.
  • 16,686 people are under the age of four – an increase of 26 cases.
  • 30,389 people are 5 to 11 – an increase of 76 cases.
  • 52,730 people are 12 to 19 – an increase of 54 cases.
  • 222,743 people are 20 to 39 – an increase of 173 cases.
  • 165,644 people are 40 to 59 – an increase of 139 cases.
  • 76,469 people are 60 to 79 – an increase of 92 cases.
  • 25,908 people are 80 years and older – an increase of 11 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 aged 19 and under: Six
  • Deaths reported aged 20 to 39: 98 years
  • Deaths reported aged 40 to 59 years: 675
  • Deaths reported between the ages of 60 and 79: 3,188
  • Deaths reported at age 80 and older: 5,818
  • The province notes that there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data

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Cases among students and staff at Ontario schools

Meanwhile, government figures show that there are currently 774 out of 4,844 schools in Ontario with at least one COVID-19 case.

On Friday, Ontario reported 126 new COVID-19 cases at schools — with 114 among students and 12 among employees.

There are 1,493 active infections among both students and staff, a small drop from 1,555 active cases reported Thursday.

Nine schools are closed as a result of positive cases.

Cases, deaths and outbreaks in nursing homes in Ontario

According to the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, 3,822 deaths have been reported among residents and patients in nursing homes throughout Ontario, which is unchanged from the day before. A total of thirteen virus-related deaths have been reported among staff.

There are 14 current outbreaks in the home, which is one with one from the day before.

The ministry also stated that there are currently 31 active cases among nursing home residents and 24 active cases among employees — down by six and down by one on the last day, respectively.

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