Ontario reports 378 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

Ontario reports 378 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, a slight increase from a week ago. The total provincial case is now at 601,086.

By comparison, last Wednesday there were 321 new cases, and the Wednesday before saw 304. All three Wednesdays saw comparable test volumes in the range of 30,000.

Of the 378 newly registered cases, the data showed that 186 were unvaccinated persons, 12 were partially vaccinated, 142 were fully vaccinated and for 41 persons vaccination status was unknown.

According to Wednesday’s report, 64 cases were recorded in Toronto, 41 in the York region, 32 in Niagara, 26 in Simcoe Muskoka, 23 in Hamilton, 21 in Windsor-Essex and 20 in Ottawa. All other local public health units reported fewer than 20 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,886 when five new deaths were recorded.

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

From kl. At 20.00 on Tuesday, 16,933 vaccines (6,157 for a first shot and 10,776 for a second shot) were administered on the last day.

There are more than 11 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 84.7 percent of the eligible population (12 and older). The first dose coverage is 88.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, 588,107 residents of Ontario were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 percent of known cases. Clarified cases increased by 380 from the day before.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,093 – a drop from the previous day, when it was 3,159, but have risen from October 27, when it was 2,978. 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 topped 43,000.

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The seven-day average has now reached 379, which is an increase compared to the week before, when it was 366. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 600.

The government said 32,950 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are currently 13,643 tests under investigation.

The test positivity hit 1.4 pct. Last week, the test positivity was also 1.4 per cent.

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Hospital admissions in Ontario

Ontario reported 237 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up from seven from the previous day) with 137 patients in intensive care units (up by one) and 114 patients in intensive care units in respirator (up to three).

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In the third wave peak, which was the worst wave of hospital admissions, the province saw as many as 900 patients in intensive care units with COVID and nearly 2,400 in regular hospital wards.

Provincial officials 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.

For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 81 were unvaccinated, 13 were partially vaccinated, and 63 were fully vaccinated. For those in intensive care units, 60 were unvaccinated, while 6 were partially vaccinated and 12 were fully vaccinated.

Variants of concern in Ontario

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

“Alpha” B.1.1.7 VOC (first detected in the United Kingdom): 146,511 variant cases, unchanged since the previous day. This tribe dominated Ontario’s third wave.

“Delta” B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 21,232 variant cases, which has increased by 28 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 detected in Brazil): 5,231 variant cases, 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:

  • 300,496 people are men – an increase of 204 cases.
  • 298,448 people are women – an increase of 172 cases.
  • 17,202 people are under the age of four – an increase of 13 cases.
  • 32,002 people are 5 to 11 – an increase of 51 cases.
  • 53,651 people are 12 to 19 – an increase of 31 cases.
  • 225,975 people are 20 to 39 – an increase of 120 cases.
  • 168,249 people are 40 to 59 – an increase of 104 cases.
  • 77,764 people are 60 to 79 – an increase of 50 cases.
  • 26,136 people are 80 and over – an increase of 10 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 at age 19 and under: Six
  • Deaths reported ranging in age from 20 to 39: 103
  • Deaths reported aged 40 to 59: 689 (+1)
  • Deaths reported between the ages of 60 and 79: 3,238 (+4)
  • Deaths reported aged 80 and older: 5,849
  • The province notes that there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data

Cases among students and staff at Ontario schools

Meanwhile, government figures show that there are currently 499 out of 4,844 schools in Ontario with at least one case of COVID-19.

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On Wednesday, Ontario reported 89 new COVID-19 cases in schools – with 78 among students, 10 among staff and one person not identified. The data were collected between Monday afternoon and Tuesday afternoon – a 24-hour period.

There are 943 active infections among both students and staff, a drop from 965 active cases reported Tuesday.

Four schools are closed due to positive cases.

Cases, Deaths, and Outbreaks in Long Term Nursing Homes in Ontario

According to the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,824 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes in Ontario, which is unchanged since the previous day. A total of 13 virus-related deaths have been reported among staff.

There are 3 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged with one from the day before.

The ministry also stated that there are currently 3 active cases among long-term care workers and 9 active cases among staff – both unchanged in the last 24 hours.

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