Ontario reports 481 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death


Ontario is reporting 481 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as case counts week over week continue to rise. The provincial case total now stands at 608,206.

For comparison, last Tuesday saw 441 new cases and the previous Tuesday saw 331. All three Tuesday’s saw similar testing volumes in the 20,000 range.

Of the 481 new cases recorded, the data showed 236 were unvaccinated people, 18 were partially vaccinated people, 189 were fully vaccinated people and for 38 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Tuesday’s report, 56 cases were recorded in Toronto, 41 in Ottawa, 33 in Simcoe-Muskoka, 31 in Peel Region. 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 9,938 as one more death was recorded.

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

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, 13,146 vaccines (4,765 for a first shot and 8,381 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 11.1 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 85.6 per cent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage stands at 88.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, 593,454 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is around 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 651 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 4,814 — down from the previous day when it was at 4,985, but is up from Nov. 9 when it was at 3,533. 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 579, which is up from the week prior when it was 492. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 400.

The government said 18,965 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 13,685 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 2.5 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 3.1 per cent.

Hospitalizations in Ontario

Ontario reported 301 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 163 from the previous day) with 139 patients in intensive care units (down by two) and 112 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (down by one).

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, 102 were unvaccinated, 17 were partially vaccinated and 73 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 63 were unvaccinated while 4 were partially vaccinated and 19 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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