Ontario reports under 400 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

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WATCH ABOVE: The province has now allowed for all Ontario residents to download an enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate, which includes a QR code, that works as proof of their vaccination. Marianne Dimain reports – Oct 18, 2021

Ontario is reporting 373 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the eighth day in a row the count is fewer than 500. The provincial case total now stands at 595,235.

Of the 373 new cases recorded, the data showed 214 were unvaccinated people, 17 were partially vaccinated people, 108 were fully vaccinated people and for 34 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Monday’s report, 71 cases were recorded in Peel Region, 62 in Toronto, 36 in Ottawa, 26 in Hamilton and 18 each in both Windsor-Essex and York 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 9,815 as two more deaths were recorded.

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Vaccinations, recoveries, testing, 7-day average in Ontario

As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, 12,399 vaccines (4,056 for a first shot and 8,343 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 10.8 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 83.1 per cent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage stands at 87.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, 581,574 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 423 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,846 — down from the previous day when it was at 3,898, and is down from Oct. 11 when it was at 4,491. 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 416, which is down from the week prior when it was 530. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 700.

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The government said 20,432 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 7,862 tests currently under investigation.

Test positivity hit 1.8 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 1.9 per cent.

Hospitalizations in Ontario

Ontario reported 145 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (down by 10 from the previous day) with 168 patients in intensive care units (up by four) and 138 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (up by three).

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In the third wave peak, which was the worst wave for hospitalizations, the province saw as many as 900 patients in ICUs with COVID and almost 2,400 in general hospital wards.

Provincial officials 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. There may be a discrepancy due to how and when the information for both is collected.

Due to the weekend and incomplete data from hospitals the latest data comes from Saturday. For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 100 were unvaccinated, 8 were partially vaccinated and 31 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 76 were unvaccinated while 3 were partially vaccinated and 18 were fully vaccinated.

Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consists of:

“Alpha” the B.1.1.7 VOC (first detected in the United Kingdom): 146,495 variant cases, which is up by 1 since the previous day. This strain dominated Ontario’s third wave.

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“Delta” the B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 19,880 variant cases, which is up by 81 since the previous day. This strain is dominating Ontario’s fourth wave.

“Beta” the B.1.351 VOC (first detected in South Africa): 1,503 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (first detected in Brazil): 5,230 variant cases, which is unchanged 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.

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

  • 297,531 people are male — an increase of 187 cases.
  • 295,555 people are female — an increase of 187 cases.
  • 16,906 people are under the age of four — an increase of 23 cases.
  • 31,063 people are 5 to 11 — an increase of 63 cases.
  • 53,159 people are 12 to 19 — an increase of 24 cases.
  • 224,179 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 116 cases.
  • 166,767 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 97 cases.
  • 77,037 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 45 cases.
  • 26,016 people are 80 and over — an increase of 5 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: Six
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 99
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 680
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,204
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,825
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data
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Cases among students and staff at Ontario schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there are currently 638 out of 4,844 schools in Ontario with at least one COVID-19 case.

On Monday, Ontario reported 88 new COVID-19 cases in schools — with 77 among students and 11 among staff. The data was collected between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

There are 1,255 active infections among both students and staff, a decrease from 1,282 active cases reported Friday.

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Two schools are closed as a result of positive cases.

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

According to the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,823 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is unchanged since the previous day. Thirteen virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

There are 9 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 24 active cases among long-term care residents and 25 active cases among staff — both unchanged as well since the previous day.

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