Ontario Reports 959 New Coronavirus Cases, 8 More Deaths – .

Ontario Reports 959 New Coronavirus Cases, 8 More Deaths – .

Ontario reported more than 900 new COVID-19 infections and eight other virus-related deaths on Thursday as the province prepares to expand eligibility for booster shots for more Ontarians today.

Provincial health officials have registered 959 new cases, up from 780 on Wednesday and 748 a week ago.

Earlier this week, 964 new cases were reported on Sunday, 788 on Monday and 687 on Tuesday.

The seven-day moving average continues to rise in the midst of the fourth wave of the pandemic and reached 851 on Thursday, a significant increase from 692 a week ago.

Of the latest cases, 446 of the individuals are not vaccinated, 23 have received a dose of a vaccine, 429 are fully vaccinated and 61 have unknown vaccination status.

Unvaccinated people represent 23.5 percent of the total population of Ontario and 47 percent of cases recorded today.

As of December 1, 90 percent of people 12 years and older in Ontario had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 87 percent had received two doses and are considered fully immunized, according to the Ministry of Health .

Children between the ages of five and 11 in Ontario started receiving Pfizer’s vaccine last week, but provincial immunization status data for this age group is not yet available.

Another 770 people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, resulting in 6,932 active cases across the province.

All of the deaths reported today occurred within the past month and one death was removed from the total death toll today due to data cleansing, the ministry said.

The number of virus-related deaths in the province stands at 10,012.

Ontario labs have processed more than 38,400 tests in the past 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 2.9%, up from 2.6% a week ago, the ministry said.

The public health units with the most new cases today are Toronto (118), Windsor-Essex (91), Peel Region (75) and Simcoe Muskoka (75).

There are 291 people in Ontario hospitals with the virus and 155 in intensive care units, according to the ministry. Four of Ontario’s intensive care patients are transferred from Saskatchewan.

Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Thursday that 129 intensive care patients are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status and 26 are fully vaccinated.

Earlier this week, Ontario’s COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table released a report that said the province’s health care system would not be able to cope with the influx of critically ill patients it has seen during the third wave due to “worsening staff shortages” and “burnout of workers.

“I think the bottom line is, you know, we’re not robots. We are people, which means that even though we have enough intensive care beds, we need nurses and doctors to care for the patients in these beds and people are exhausted, ”said Dr Peter Jüni, scientific director of the table, at CP24 Thursday morning.

“If we went back to what we had just in the third wave, we probably wouldn’t be able to cope with it,” he added.

During the third wave of last spring, the occupancy rate of intensive care units reached more than 900 beds in Ontario.

Jüni said that to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed again, eligible Ontarians should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Get the vaccine, get the third dose now. This should be considered as a three dose vaccine. We also need this protection at the level of the individual population, because we don’t want you to end up in our intensive care units, ”he said.

The latest figures come as the province’s top doctor is set to announce an extension of eligibility for booster shots on Thursday.

Currently, third doses are available for people aged 70 and over, healthcare workers, people who have received two doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or other virus-vector vaccines, certain immunocompromised people and all the indigenous peoples of the province.

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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