Ontario reports more than 200 new COVID-19 cases for 1st time in three weeks

Ontario is reporting 218 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, jumping back into the 200s for the first time in three weeks. The provincial case total now stands at 549,952.

The last time a daily case count reached above 200 was on July 8 when there were 210 cases reported.

According to Thursday’s report, 38 cases were recorded in both Toronto and Peel Region, 25 in Hamilton, 19 in Waterloo, 13 in Grey Bruce, 12 in Halton Region, and 10 in both Middlesex-London and York Region.

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 9,328 as three more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 89,157 vaccines (16,859 for a first shot and 72,298 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 8.8 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 67.9 per cent of the eligible (12+) population. First dose coverage stands at 80 per cent.

Meanwhile, 539,200 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 169 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,424 — up  from the previous day when it was at 1,378, and is up from July 22 when it was at 1,363. 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 165 which is up from yesterday at 161, and is up from last week at 156. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 300.

The government said 19,425 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 8,054 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,530,453 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday hit 1.3 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 0.9 per cent.

Ontario reported 105 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 12 from the previous day) with 121 patients in intensive care units (down by one) and 86 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by one).

More to come.

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