Ontario records over 700 new COVID-19 cases for third day in a row
TORONTO – Ontario is reporting more than 700 new COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row.
Health officials confirmed 728 new infections on Saturday as well as five more deaths related to the disease.
The new cases represent a slight decrease from the 793 infections recorded on Friday. Ontario reported 711 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, 512 on Wednesday, and 481 on Tuesday.
The seven-day average daily infection rate continued to increase. As of Saturday, the average stood at around 635, up from 563 the previous week.
With more than 31,100 COVID-19 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said the province’s positive rate is around 2.3%.
Of the new cases reported Saturday, 370 were found in people who were not vaccinated against the virus. 17 of those who were partially immunized and 287 of those who were fully immunized.
Fifty-four individuals with COVID-19 have unspecified immunization status.
Health experts say the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated people will naturally increase as more people get both shots.
There are 283 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in Ontario. According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, there are 215 patients who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.
No data available on intensive care patients due to technical problems.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario is currently 610,950, including 9,964 deaths and 595,669 recoveries.
WHERE IS THE CASE OF COVID-19?
The majority of public health units report fewer than 30 infections.
According to the province’s epidemiological report, there are 89 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, 45 in Peel Region and 31 in York Region.
Other municipalities reporting more than 30 cases include Sudbury and counties (60), Simcoe-Muskoka (64), Waterloo (49), Windsor Essex (41), Ottawa (39) and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addton (34).
Of the 728 infections recorded on Saturday, 186 were in children under 12 years old.
Health Canada officially approved a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 on Friday.
Seventy-two cases were also found in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, while 196 infections were found in people between the ages of 20 and 39.
The province also recorded 179 cases of COVID-19 among people between the ages of 40 and 59, with 102 cases in the elderly over 60.
More than 11.1 million people, or about 85% of the eligible population, have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The numbers used in this story are found in Health Ontario’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiology Summary. The case numbers for any given city or region may differ slightly from those reported by the province, as local units report figures at different times.