Ontario Reports 677 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 More Virus-Related Deaths – .

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Ontario is reporting a substantial week-over-week drop in the number of new COVID-19 infections today, with fewer than 700 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.

Provincial health officials recorded 677 new cases today, down from 463 on Wednesday, but down significantly from 864 last Thursday.

The seven-day moving average for new infections fell to 665 today, from 732 a week ago.

With 37,630 tests completed in the past 24 hours, the province-wide positivity rate is now 1.9%, up from 2.4% last week.

Of the cases confirmed today, 529 cases, or 78 percent, are in people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown and 148, or 22 percent, are in people who are fully vaccinated.

About 70 percent of all Ontarians have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Toronto reported 136 new infections today, Peel Region registered 76 and York Region registered 73.

The number of known active infections in the province is now 5,845, up from 6,129 last Thursday.

Seven other virus-related deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, including one that the province said occurred last month, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 in Ontario to 9,677.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care is on the rise again. The health ministry says there are currently 193 patients infected with COVID-19 receiving treatment in intensive care, up from 187 on Wednesday and 191 last week.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 181 of those patients are not fully immunized or have unknown vaccine status and 12 are fully immunized.

As of September 21, 16 children aged 0 to 9 were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data released by Public Health Ontario.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said while she is happy to see cases have not increased in recent weeks as children return to school, the region is still “not yet out of the woods”.

“The kids have just returned to school and as the weather starts to get colder more and more people are going to go inside to socialize,” she said.

“This worries me because, although 78% of Peel residents aged 12 and over have received both doses of the vaccine, there are still approximately 300,000 residents who are either partially or not at all vaccinated.”

This morning, a day after the Ford government launched its new vaccination certificate program, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they plan to increase capacity inside the Rogers Center, but fans wanting to attend at matches in the future must present proof of vaccination before entering the building.

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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