Ontario Reports 218 COVID-19 Cases, 3 Deaths Thursday – .

Ontario Reports 218 COVID-19 Cases, 3 Deaths Thursday – .

There are 121 people in intensive care with serious illness from COVID and 79 patients on ventilators

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TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 218 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths from the virus.

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Figures are based on 19,425 tests.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 38 cases in Toronto, 38 in Peel Region, 25 in Hamilton, 19 in Waterloo Region and 13 in Gray Bruce.

There are 121 people in intensive care with serious illness related to COVID and 79 patients on ventilators.

The latest provincial data shows that 99.5% of all COVID-19 intensive care admissions from mid-June to mid-July were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and nearly 96% of related deaths were in the same group.

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The province administered 89,157 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday for a total of more than 19.2 million shots.

Elliott says more than 80% of people in the province aged 12 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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This means that one of the three conditions the province has set to go beyond step 3 of its reopening plan has now been met.

The government has also said that 75% of people 12 and older must have received their second dose, and no public health office can vaccinate less than 70% of eligible people.

Elliott says other key health indicators need to be stable as well.

The province has said that if all of these conditions are met, the majority of restrictions can be lifted as early as 21 days after this phase begins, but some are asking for more details on what Ontario will look like after step 3.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is today calling on the government to release its plan to lift trade restrictions and ensure they will not be subject to lockdowns in the event of a fourth wave.


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