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Ontario reports 296 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest count since September last year

Ontario reports 296 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest count since September last year
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This is the lowest single day case count since Sept. 17, 2020.

Ontario has administered 184,989 vaccine doses since its last daily update , with 11,529,430 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night.

According to the Star’s vaccine tracker , 9,491,679 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 64.4 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 74.9 per cent of the adult population.

The province says 2,037,751 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 13.8 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 16.8 per cent of the adult population.

The seven-day average is at 479 cases daily, or 23 weekly per 100,000, the lowest reported since Sept. 29, 2020. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 12.4 daily.

The province says 17,162 tests were completed the previous day, and a 2.3 per cent positivity rate, the lowest for a Tuesday since Oct. 6.

There are 433 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 382 patients in intensive care. There are 244 people on ventilators.

Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 60 cases are in Toronto, 62 in Peel Region, 15 in York Region, 45 in Waterloo and 13 in Halton.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting that there were no new deaths in long-term care so the number of residents who have died stays the same at 3,781, .

Ontario is reporting one less long-term-care homes in outbreak, for a total of 14 or 2.2 per cent of LTC homes in the province.

This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.

There are 140,618 confirmed cases in Ontario of the highly contagious Alpha variant B.1.1.7 first detected in the United Kingdom, an increase of 678 from the previous day.

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There are 1,137 cases in Ontario of the Beta variant B.1.351 first detected in South Africa, no more reported than the previous day.

There are 4,137 cases of the Gamma variant P.1 first found in Brazil, an increase of two from the previous day.

Public Health Ontario says it is working on developing a process for daily public reporting of the prevalence of the Delta variant B.1.617.2, first detected in India. Weekly information is available on the Public Health Ontario website.
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