Ontario government reports 857 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

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The Ontario government is reporting 857 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths linked to the virus.

Saturday’s case count is slightly higher than Friday’s, which saw 848 new infections reported.

Provincial officials noted eight people died on Friday and through a review of data it was learned seven others died more than a month ago. The total number of people dead is now 9,605.

According to the latest provincial data report, 170 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 100 in Peel Region, 77 in York Region, 73 in Ottawa, 55 in Hamilton, 50 in Windsor-Essex and 33 in Simcoe-Muskoka. The rest of the public health units had less than 30 new cases each.

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It was also reported 756 cases were deemed resolved on Friday. To date, 558,021 of the 573,835 people in Ontario who tested positive for coronavirus have had their cases classified as resolved.

There are currently 183 patients in general hospital wards due to COVID-19 and 180 people are in intensive care units. Of those in an ICU, 114 patients are on ventilators.

The most recent Ontario government data on hospitalizations, which is incomplete due to delays in weekend reporting, showed 30 people in general hospital wards were fully vaccinated while 171 were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 14 were fully vaccinated while 118 were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

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On Friday, 26,268 COVID-19 tests were conducted and 3.5 per cent of those tests came back positive. The government reported as of late Friday, 84.25 per cent of Ontario residents 12 and older have received at least one of the two COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses while 77.87 per cent received two doses.

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