Ontario COVID-19 cases rise to 512 new infections, 12 more deaths

TORONTO – Ontario health officials report 512 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Officials also recorded 12 new deaths, pushing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 9,950.

One of these deaths was in a person under 20 years of age.

Today’s case count comes after officials registered 481 new cases on Tuesday, 552 new cases on Monday and 666 new cases on Sunday.

Ontario’s rolling seven-day average now stands at 587, up from 502 at this point last week.

With 18,965 tests processed within the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says the positivity rate in the province is around 2.5 percent.

Of the new infections reported Wednesday, 250 cases involved people who were unvaccinated, 19 were among those partially vaccinated and 41 were in people whose vaccination status is unknown. The remaining 202 infections involved people who were fully vaccinated.

Health experts have noted that the number of COVID-19 infections identified in fully vaccinated individuals will naturally increase as more people get both of their shots. Vaccination helps reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms and hospitalization.

The province stated that at least 274 people are in the hospital due to COVID-19. Of those admitted, 176 were admitted within the last 24 hours – 92 of them were unvaccinated, 16 were partially vaccinated and 68 were fully vaccinated.

The province says 133 patients are on intensive care due to COVID-19.

The province estimated that 573 more cases of the disease should be resolved by Wednesday, bringing Ontario’s number of patients healed to 594,027.

Today’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 608,718, including deaths and cures.

WHERE ARE THE NEW COVID-19 CASES?

In the Greater Toronto area, officials reported 54 new cases in Toronto, 26 new cases in the Peel region, 24 new cases in the York region and 29 new cases in the Durham region.

Outside the GTA, regions that reported more than 30 new infections include Ottawa (43), Windsor-Essex (38) and Simcoe-Muskoka (49).

All other regions reported fewer than 30 new cases of the virus.

According to the province’s epidemiological report, of the 481 new infections reported on Wednesday, 112 cases were identified in children under 12 years of age.

The province also registered 35 cases in adolescents between 12 and 19 years of age and a further 126 cases in persons between 20 and 39 years of age.

On Wednesday, 128 COVID-19 infections were found in schools across Ontario. Of the infections found in schools, 110 were registered in students, 16 were in staff and two in unidentified persons.

There are 558 schools with at least one confirmed case and two facilities are currently closed as a result.

OVER 11.1 M. PEOPLE FULLY VACCINATED IN ONTARIO

The province reports that 11,169,767 people in Ontario have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and are now considered to be fully vaccinated against the virus.

In the last 24-hour period, officials said 15,040 doses of the vaccine were administered to residents of Ontario.

Just over 22.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in the province since the rollout began last year.

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