Ontario records 748 new COVID-19 cases and 5 more deaths

TORONTO — Ontario reports 748 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths related to the disease.

The new infections registered on Thursday represent a significant increase from the 591 cases reported Wednesday and the 613 cases reported Tuesday.

The seven-day moving average of daily infections now stands at about 692. A week ago, that number was 625.

With just over 33,900 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health says the province’s positivity rate is about 2.6 percent.

The total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario now stands at 614,270, including 9,985 deaths. The province said five deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours; however, one death that occurred more than a month ago was removed from the cumulative count due to a data cleanup.

Of the 748 infections registered on Thursday, the health ministry says 356 were identified in unvaccinated individuals. Another 19 were found in people who had been partially vaccinated.

There were 326 cases in fully vaccinated individuals and 44 in individuals with unknown vaccination status.

Health officials have said the number of cases in vaccinated individuals will increase as more people receive the injection.

The majority of patients treated in Ontario intensive care units for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Of the 137 people treated in the ICU for the new coronavirus, 127 are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. Only 10 patients are considered fully vaccinated.

WHERE ARE THE COVID-19 CASES?

Cities with the most COVID-19 infections on Thursday include Toronto (77), Windsor-Essex (57) and Simcoe-Muskoka (55).

The following public health units also reported more than 30 cases: Peel Region (48), Ottawa (45), York Region (43), Southwestern (39), Kingston (35), Brant (30), and Sudbury (30).

According to the province’s epidemiological report, 175 infections were identified in children under 12 years of age.

Children between the ages of five and 11 were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

There were 47 infections in adolescents between 12 and 19 years of age. Most infections were found in people between the ages of 20 and 60, with 415 cases.

The county says 110 cases have been found in seniors over 60.

About 86.1 percent of Ontario residents over the age of 12 have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while nearly 89.1 percent of eligible residents have received at least one shot.

backstory:

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Daily Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19. The number of cases for each city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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