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Ontario reports 526 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths for 3rd straight day

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Ontario is reporting 526 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the fifth straight day case counts are above 500. The provincial case total now stands at 556,087.

Of the 526 new cases recorded, the data showed 353 were unvaccinated people, 60 were partially vaccinated people and 113 were full vaccinated people.

According to Monday’s report, 128 cases were recorded in Toronto, 83 in Peel Region, 66 in York Region, 52 in Hamilton, and 46 in Windsor-Essex.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 40 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has remained at 9,418 as no new deaths have been recorded since Saturday.

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As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, 26,033 vaccines (5,947 for a first shot and 20,086 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 9.5 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 73.5 per cent of the eligible (12+) population. First dose coverage stands at 81.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, 542,797 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 321 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,872 — up from the previous day when it was at 3,667, and is up from Aug. 9 when it was at 2,375. 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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The seven-day average has now reached 469 which is up from yesterday at 440, and is up from last week when it was 283. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 150.

The government said 15,784 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 6,085 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,869,713 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Monday hit 2.7 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 2.3 per cent.

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Ontario reported 108 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 10 from the previous day) with 119 patients in intensive care units (up by three) and 92 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by three).

Provincial officials recently announced they would start including the vaccination status of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reporting.

They noted the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is collected.

The most recent data on Monday showed for those in general hospital wards with COVID, 32 were unvaccinated, one was partially vaccinated and six were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, one person was fully vaccinated while 35 were unvaccinated and six were partially vaccinated.

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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).

“Alpha” the B.1.1.7 VOC: 145,692 variant cases, which is up by 4 since the previous day,

“Beta” the B.1.351 VOC: 1,493 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC: 5,178 variant cases, which is up by 1 since the previous day.

“Delta” B.1.617.2 VOC: 6,245 variant cases, which is up by 63 since the previous day.

NOTE: It takes several days for positive COVID-19 tests to be re-examined for the exact variant. Therefore, there may be more variant cases than overall cases in daily reporting.

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

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  • 277,221 people are male — an increase of 270 cases.
  • 275,166 people are female — an increase of 239 cases.
  • 14,931 people are under the age of 4 — an increase of 15 cases.
  • 26,255 people are 5 to 11 — an increase of 37 cases.
  • 49,239 people are 12 to 19 — an increase of 54 cases.
  • 208,940 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 268 cases.
  • 157,953 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 107 cases.
  • 73,390 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 35 cases.
  • 25,280 people are 80 and over — an increase of 9 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:

  • Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 5
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 89
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 616
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,040
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,667
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data

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

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,793 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 2 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged from the previous day.

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The ministry also indicated there are currently 4 active cases among long-term care residents and 5 active cases among staff — also unchanged in the last day.

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