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Ontario reports 210 new COVID-19 cases, lowest count since mid-September

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Ontario is reporting 210 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the smallest increase in daily cases since Sept. 13. The provincial case total now stands at 544,414.

Monday’s case count is lower than the previous day. On Sunday, there were 287 new cases with 346 on Saturday.

According to Monday’s report, 37 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 26 in Waterloo Region, 25 in Grey Bruce and 15 in Peel Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,129 as three more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, more than 14.2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 180,369 vaccines (19,220 for a first shot and 161,149 for a second shot) in the last day.

There are more than 4.3 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 35.4 per cent of the adult population. First dose adult coverage stands at 77.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, 532,779 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 326 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Monday.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 2,506 — down from the previous day when it was at 2,625, and is down from June 21 when it was at 3,454. 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.

The seven-day average has now reached 278, which is down from yesterday at 287, and is down from last week at 334. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,200.

The government said 13,071 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 4,259 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,893,718 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Monday hit 1.8 per cent, a slight increase from Sunday’s when it was 1.5 per cent. Last week, test positivity was 2.5 per cent.

Ontario reported 218 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 15 from the previous day) with 287 patients in intensive care units (down by two) and 191 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (unchanged). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

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Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consist of the B.1.1.7 (now named by WHO as “Alpha” and was first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (now named by WHO as “Beta” and was first detected in South Africa), P.1 (now named by WHO as “Gamma” and was first detected in Brazil), and B.1.617.2 (now named by WHO as “Delta” and was first detected in India).

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“Alpha” the B.1.1.7 VOC: 143,350 variant cases, which is up by 83 since the previous day,

“Beta” the B.1.351 VOC: 1,273 variant cases, which is up by 68 since the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC: 4,428 variant cases which is up by 35 since the previous day.

“Delta” B.1.617.2 VOC: 1,629 variant cases which is up by 286 since the previous day.

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Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 271,255 people are male — an increase of 106 cases.
  • 269,372 people are female — an increase of 97 cases.
  • 87,591 people are 19 and under — an increase of 57 cases.
  • 203,951 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 69 cases.
  • 155,394 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 48 cases.
  • 72,345 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 27 cases.
  • 25,031 people are 80 and over — an increase of nine cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:

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  • Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 4
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 82
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 564
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 2,896
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,582
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data corrections or updates can result in death records being removed.

Cases, deaths and outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,782 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is unchanged since yesterday. Thirteen virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

There are 6 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently eight active cases among long-term care residents nine active cases among staff — both unchanged in the last day.

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