Ontario reports 441 new COVID-19 cases as test positivity hits over 3%

Ontario is reporting 441 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a lower count than the previous day but much higher than the last two Tuesday’s. The provincial case total now stands at 604,152.

For comparison, last Tuesday saw 331 new cases and the previous Tuesday saw 269. All three Tuesday’s saw comparable testing volumes in the 20,000 range.

Of the 441 new cases recorded, the data showed 225 were unvaccinated people, 19 were partially vaccinated people, 173 were fully vaccinated people and for 24 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Tuesday’s report, 61 cases were recorded in Sudbury, 55 in Toronto, 37 in Simcoe Muskoka, 34 in Hamilton, 30 in York Region, and 20 in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. 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 9,903 as three more deaths were recorded.

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

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, 13,049 vaccines (4,674 for a first shot and 8,375 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 11 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 85.1 per cent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage stands at 88.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, 590,227 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 456 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 4,022 — up from the previous day when it was at 4,040, and is up from Nov. 2 when it was at 3,100. 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 492, which is up from the week prior when it was 371. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 550.

The government said 19,368 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 14,750 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 3.1 per cent, the highest seen in almost two months. Last week, test positivity was at 1.5 per cent.

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Hospitalizations in Ontario

Ontario reported 244 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 139 from the previous day) with 127 patients in intensive care units (up by seven) and 115 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (up by eight).

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.

For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 81 were unvaccinated, 9 were partially vaccinated and 69 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 54 were unvaccinated while 3 were partially vaccinated and 20 were fully vaccinated.

Provincial officials noted this new dataset with vaccination status for hospitalizations will grow and improve over time as more information is collected. There may also be a discrepancy due to how and when the information for both is collected.

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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): 146,513 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day. This strain dominated Ontario’s third wave.

Delta, the B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 21,894 variant cases, which is up by 185 since the previous day. This strain is dominating Ontario’s fourth wave.

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

Gamma, the P.1 VOC (first detected in Brazil): 5,231 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

More to come.

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