Ontario Reports 384 New Coronavirus Cases and 12 More Deaths; lowest positivity rate since October 2020 – –

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Ontario Reports 384 New Coronavirus Cases and 12 More Deaths; lowest positivity rate since October 2020 – –


Ontario is reporting nearly 400 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths on Wednesday, as the province recorded its lowest test positivity rate in eight months.

The province recorded 384 new coronavirus infections, up from 296 cases on Tuesday, but down from the 411 cases reported a week ago.

Ontario reported 447 new cases on Monday, 530 on Sunday and 502 on Saturday.

The seven-day moving average now stands at 475, down from 657 a week ago.

The death toll from the virus reached 8,986 on Wednesday.

Another 722 people have recovered from the disease, resulting in 4,662 active cases across the province.

Ontario laboratories have processed more than 28,000 tests in the past 24 hours, a notable jump from 17,162 tests the day before.

The increase in testing helped lower the province’s positivity rate to 1.5%, from 2.3% on Tuesday, according to the health ministry. Today marks the lowest positivity rate since October 3, 2020, when it was also 1.5%.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch says the drop in the positivity rate is a good indicator of the decrease in the spread of the virus.

“If there was still a lot of COVID-19 and people weren’t going to get tested, we would see a much higher percentage of positive tests, over five percent,” he told CP24 .

“Now the test positivity rate hovers around 2%, sometimes even less than 2%. Yes, it is a little higher in some neighborhoods, but in general across the province, the positivity rate is quite low, ”he added.

More than 550 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern have been identified in the past 24 hours, most of them being the Alpha variant, which was first discovered in the UK.

Only 54 laboratory-confirmed cases of the Delta variant, first found in India, have been recorded in Ontario, but health officials recently warned that the highly contagious variant is gaining traction and could be the dominant strain of here next month. A total of 497 cases of Delta have been confirmed in the province.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto recorded 54 new cases of coronavirus today, while 60 cases were reported in Peel Region, 14 in York Region, 15 in Durham Region and four in Halton.

Hospitalizations were relatively unchanged from a day ago with 438 patients currently receiving treatment compared to 433 on Tuesday.

Of those hospitalized, 377 are in intensive care units and 242 are breathing using a ventilator.

To date, more than 540,800 laboratory-confirmed cases and 527,162 recoveries have been reported in Ontario since January 2020.

As of Tuesday evening, more than 11.7 million doses of the vaccine had been administered across the province, with a record 202,984 gunshots yesterday alone.

To date, over 75% of adults in the province have received a dose of the vaccine.

More than 2.1 million people in the province are fully vaccinated against the disease, requiring two doses of the vaccines available in Ontario.

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

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