Ontario reports 466 new COVID-19 cases as counts continue to trend downwards

Ontario is reporting 466 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which is lower than it was a week ago at 574. The provincial case total now stands at 570,030.

Of the 466 new cases recorded, the data showed 277 were unvaccinated people, 27 were partially vaccinated people, 119 were fully vaccinated people and for 43 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Tuesday’s report, 138 cases were recorded in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 31 each in Ottawa and Windsor-Essex, and 25 each in Hamilton and Niagara.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 25 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to at 9,725 as 11 more deaths were recorded including two that occurred more than a month ago due to data cleanup.

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

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, 31,855 vaccines (12,970 for a first shot and 18,885  for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 10.4 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 80.5 per cent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage stands at 86 per cent.

Meanwhile, 585,007 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 819 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 5,262 — down from the previous day when it was at 5,626, and is down from Sept. 21 when it was at 6,178. 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 606 which is down from yesterday’s at 621, and is also down from the week prior when it was 710. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 700.

The government said 23,785 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 19,835 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 2.1 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 2.4 per cent.

Hospitalizations in Ontario

Ontario reported 315 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 129 from the previous day) with 180 patients in intensive care units (down by four) and 152 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (down by five).

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.

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

For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 116 were unvaccinated, 8 were partially vaccinated and 37 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 107 were unvaccinated while 9 were partially vaccinated and 8 were fully vaccinated.

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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): 146,461 variant cases, which is up by one since the previous day. This strain dominated Ontario’s third wave.

“Delta” the B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 18,508 variant cases, which is up by 211 since the previous day. This strain is dominating Ontario’s fourth wave.

“Beta” the B.1.351 VOC (first detected in South Africa): 1,502 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (first detected in Brazil): 5,229 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

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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.

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