Ontario reports 129 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Ontario is reporting 129 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a slight increase from the day prior. The provincial case total now stands at 549,576.

On Monday, there were 119 new cases with 172 on Sunday and 170 on Saturday.

According to Tuesday’s report, 37 cases were recorded in Toronto, 22 in Peel Region and 12 in Hamilton.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 10 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,321 as five more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Monday, 92,035 vaccines (15,856 for a first shot and 76,179 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 8.7 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 66.7 per cent of the eligible (12+) population. First dose coverage stands at 79.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, 538,860 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 158 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Tuesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,395 — down from the previous day when it was at 1,429, but is up from July 20 when it was at 1,354. 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.

The seven-day average has now reached 157 which is the same as yesterday’s, and is up from last week at 152. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 300.

The government said 13,644 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 7,222 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,490,501 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Tuesday hit 1 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 0.9 per cent.

Ontario reported 125 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 29 from the previous day) with 127 patients in intensive care units (down by four) and 91 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by four).

More to come.

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