Ontario reports 728 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths


Ontario is reporting 728 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total case count in the province to 610,950.

This is the third day in a row that daily cases were reported above 700. However, this is a decrease from Friday’s case count of 793 reported cases.

The seven-day average has climbed to 635 compared to last Saturday where the average was recorded at 559.

Five more deaths were recorded on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 9,964.

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The Ministry of Health reported that out of 728 reported cases, 370 were among those who are unvaccinated, 17 were among those who are partially vaccinated and 55 were those with an unknown vaccination status. The remaining 273 of the cases were reported among people who are fully vaccinated.

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Health Minister Christine Elliot tweeted that 283 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 283 hospitalizations, 215 patients are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. The remaining 68 patients are fully vaccinated.

ICU data is unavailable at this time, she added.

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According to the latest provincial data, 89 cases were recorded in Toronto, 63 in Simcoe-Muskoka, 60 were recorded in Sudbury and Districts, 49 were recorded in the Waterloo region, 45 were recorded in Peel Region, 41 in Windsor-Essex, 39 in Ottawa, 34 in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington area, and 31 in York Region. All other public health units recorded under 30 cases.

Within the last 24 hours, 30,138 tests were completed. There are 11,131 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 2.3 per cent. This is a slight decrease from last Saturday’s rate of 2.4 per cent.

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Meanwhile, the province also reported 500 cases were deemed resolved Saturday. A total of 595,669 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from the virus.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 5,317 — up from the previous day when it was at 5,094. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

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In Ontario, more than 11.1 million people among the eligible population (85.88% per cent) age 12 and higher are fully vaccinated. At least 88.93% per cent of the eligible population have received at least one dose.

Over 15,300 doses were administered in the last 24 hours. More than 22.7 million doses have been administered since the rollout of vaccines began last year.

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