Ontario Reports Fewer than 600 New Coronavirus Infections as Daily Case Count Appears to Stabilize – .

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Ontario Reports Fewer than 600 New Coronavirus Infections as Daily Case Count Appears to Stabilize – .


Fewer than 600 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Ontario today, continuing a trend that appears to show the number of daily cases is leveling off in the province.

Provincial health officials recorded 574 new cases of COVID-19 today, tied with the 577 reported a week ago.

The seven-day moving average of new cases, which has declined slowly but steadily in the province over the past two weeks, also appears to have leveled off.

The average number of new infections reported each day in the province is now 711, unchanged from Monday and down slightly from 716 a week ago.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ontario is now 6,178, up from 6,103 last week.

With 23,631 tests completed in the past 24 hours, the province reports a positivity rate of 2.4 percent, up slightly from 2.3 percent last Tuesday.

Of the cases confirmed today, 434, or 76 percent, are people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown and 140, or 24 percent, are people who are fully vaccinated.

About 30 percent of Ontario residents are not yet fully immunized, including children under 12 who are not yet eligible for an injection, representing about 10 percent of the population.

Eight more deaths linked to the virus were confirmed by provincial health authorities today.

The number of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in Ontario’s intensive care units (ICU) continues to decline.

The health ministry says there are currently 179 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, up from 192 last Tuesday.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday that 170 of 179 intensive care patients were not fully immunized.

Today’s data comes a day before Ontario rolls out its vaccination certificate program requiring residents to prove they are fully immune to COVID-19 in order to gain access to certain non-essential businesses, including restaurants, gymnasiums and cinemas.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for patio dining, retail purchases or access to other essential services.

Children under 12 and those with valid medical exceptions are also exempt from the new policy.

Dr Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital, said while the deployment is unlikely to be “perfect,” this is another public health measure that will create more indoor spaces. sure.

“Of course there will be growing pains. There always is. Whenever there is a policy, especially a public health policy, which is new, which is implemented, it will not be perfect, ”he said.

Bogoch said the policy, which is meant to be temporary, will help businesses stay open in the months to come.

“When a system like this is deployed, especially at the population level, you have now created a lot more and more secure indoor spaces,” he said.

“I think it will serve us well during the fall and winter. “

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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