Ontario COVID-19 cases: Province reports 3,453 new infections
Ontario health officials are reporting 3,453 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the province reaches a new third-dose vaccine milestone.
On Tuesday morning, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on social media that about two million Ontario residents had received their booster shots. Eligibility for the third dose opened to all adults over 18 on Monday.
In addition to the new cases reported today, authorities have recorded 11 new deaths. However, the province also removed one death from the running total due to the odata cleanup, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 10,123.
Ontario’s seven-day moving average now stands at 3,153, down from 1,400 at this point last week.
Today’s case count comes after authorities recorded 3,784 cases on Monday, 4,177 cases on Sunday and 3,031 cases on Saturday.
With 49,285 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health says the positivity rate in the province is around 9.9%.
Of the new infections reported on Tuesday, 673 cases were in unvaccinated people, 132 in partially vaccinated people and 148 in people with unknown vaccination status. The remaining 2,500 infections were in fully vaccinated people.
Health experts have noted that the number of COVID-19 infections identified in fully vaccinated individuals will naturally increase as more people receive their two vaccines. Vaccination reduces the risk of severe symptoms related to COVID-19 as well as hospitalization.
The province said at least 412 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the patients hospitalized in the past 24 hours, 145 were unvaccinated, 12 had unknown vaccination status, and 109 were fully vaccinated.
Officials say 165 people are in intensive care due to COVID-19.
The province estimated that 1,332 more cases of the virus were resolved on Tuesday, bringing the number of patients recovered in Ontario to 621,355.
Today’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 657,180, including deaths and recoveries.
WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES OF COVID-19?
In the Greater Toronto Area, authorities reported 901 new cases in Toronto, 280 new cases in Peel Region, 345 new cases in York Region, 245 new cases in Halton and 160 new cases in Durham Region.
Outside of the GTA, the regions that have reported more than 100 new infections are Hamilton (158), Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (118), Middlesex-London (110), Ottawa (359) and Waterloo (168).
According to the province’s epidemiological report, of the 3,453 new infections reported on Tuesday, 470 cases have been identified in children under the age of 12.
The province has also recorded 373 cases in youth aged 12 to 19 and 1,453 additional cases in people aged 20 to 39.
As of Tuesday, 211 COVID-19 infections were discovered in schools across Ontario. Of the infections found in schools, 173 were recorded in students, 30 in staff and eight in unidentified individuals.
There are 1,248 schools with at least one confirmed case and 10 schools are currently closed as a result.
OVER 11.3M FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE IN ONTARIO
The province reports that 11,367,446 people in Ontario have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and are now considered fully immunized against the virus.
In the past 24 hours, authorities said 206,595 doses of the vaccine were given to residents of Ontario.
Just over 25.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the province since deployment began last year.