Renfrew County reports 2nd COVID-19 related death

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Infectious diseases specialist and member of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine task force Dr. Isaac Bogoch said the numbers are going in the right direction but that "we're still far from where we need to be".

Ontario is reporting 46 new deaths Thursday and 2,632 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases.

A technical issue from earlier this week was resolved, adding 102 cases from Toronto Public Health to today's total.

Of the cases reported today there are 314 people under 19 years old, 1,004 people between 20 and 39 years old, 782 people between 40 and 59 years old, 388 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 144 people over the age of 80.

The Ontario government has said that will affect the province's vaccine distribution plan, and some people will see their booster shots delayed by several weeks.

Compared to last week, the province's seven-day average for the number of new cases reported daily has dropped by about 700 to 2,751.

She also says there are 179 new cases in Windsor-Essex County and 129 in Niagara Region.

A total of 55 people became ill within 48 hours of the first COVID-19 case being identified.

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Seventy-two per cent of the new cases are in the hotspots around the GTHA, Windsor-Essex and Niagara.

Six more deaths were recorded in Ottawa, with 415 deaths now attributed to coronavirus in the city.

Officials have said that when more than 300 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, medical care in hospitals not related to the disease becomes almost impossible to handle.

There are 40,225 total vaccinations completed (both doses).

"Our government is taking action to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable communities", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

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