Ontario Reports Highest Number of Coronavirus Cases in Over Six Months – .

Ontario Reports Highest Number of Coronavirus Cases in Over Six Months – .

Ontario reported 1,031 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Friday, the first time the total number of cases has exceeded 1,000 since the end of May.

The last time Ontario reported more than 1,000 cases was on May 30, when most activity was severely curtailed under the province’s last stay-at-home order.

The province reported 959 new cases Thursday and 780 Wednesday.

The Health Ministry said 504 of Friday’s cases involved unvaccinated people, 27 cases involved partially vaccinated people, 442 involved fully vaccinated people and the vaccination status of 58 more cases was not known.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table continues to find that full vaccination reduces the relative risk of infection by 82%, hospital admissions by 94% and intensive care admissions by 97%.

Provincial laboratories processed nearly 40,000 test samples, resulting in a positivity rate after duplicate tests and errors excluded of 2.9%.

There are now 7,217 known active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, up more than 200 from Thursday and almost 1,200 from a week ago.

There have now been 10,016 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ontario since March 2020.

The arrival of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) in the province and the decline in immunity in the elderly has prompted the province to reduce eligibility for third doses of the vaccine for people 50 years of age and older and to a wide range of immunocompromised people.

The province also continues to vaccinate 5 to 11 year olds and now offers for the first time a fourth approved vaccine, the single-dose Janssen injected by Johnson & Johnson.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch said there is initial early, unpaired data from South Africa that Omicron may more easily re-infect people who have been vaccinated or who have been vaccinated. recovered from a previous infection.

“If reinfection is more likely with this variant compared to other variants, then we would like to pivot and we would need to expand eligibility for the third dose,” he said.

He said firm data on Omicron’s virulence, immune evasion ability and other parameters may emerge over the next week, and that Ontario and federal officials will need to act quickly once this information is released. published.

The health ministry said there were 286 people hospitalized on Friday, including 146 in intensive care and 92 breathing with a ventilator.

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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