Ontario sees 650 new COVID-19 cases and ICU numbers rise again

Ontario reported 650 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the most on a single day since early June, while the number of patients being treated for COVID-related illnesses in critical care rose to 135.

The overall number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has increased for six straight days. Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association, also noted that the last several days have seen daily new admissions in the double digits.

Moreover, the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 climbed to 197, the most at any point during Step 3 of the province’s reopening plan.

There are encouraging trends in the recent data, however. According to Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the doubling-time for daily cases has grown to 17 days, from as few as eight days last week.

The seven-day average of the test positivity rate stands at a moderate 2.5 per cent across the province, while the seven-day average of deaths is about five, far below levels seen in previous waves of the illness in Ontario.

The cases reported today include 136 in Toronto, 113 in Peel Region, 63 in York Region, 58 in Windsor-Essex, 55 in Hamilton, 39 in Middlesex-London and 25 each in Durham and Waterloo regions.

Of the 593 additional cases today with a known vaccination status:

  • 426, or 72 per cent, were individuals who had not received a dose.
  • 103, or 17 per cent, were individuals with two doses (considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second shot).
  • 64, or about 11 per cent, were individuals with a single dose.

Here are some other key pandemic indicators and figures from the Ministry of Health’s daily provincial update:

  • Seven-day rolling average of daily cases: 518, its highest point since June 13.
  • Tests completed in the last 24 hours: 28,635.
  • Provincewide test positivity rate: 2.4 per cent.
  • Active cases: 4,447.
  • Deaths: Two, pushing the official toll to 9,450.
  • Vaccinations: 45,748 doses were administered by public health units on Thursday, 16,384 of which were first doses. The last two days have seen more than 16,000 first shots after a considerable slowdown that lasted about three weeks. The uptick is likely linked to the province expanding eligibility for vaccines to youth who are turning 12 this year. About 74.4 per cent of eligible Ontarians, those aged 12 and older, have now had two shots. That works out to roughly 65.8 per cent of Ontario’s total population.

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