Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases since mid-September


Ontario set a daily COVID-19 vaccination record with nearly 203,000 shots into arms and the London-area saw a relatively large jump in daily new local cases, just-released figures showed Wednesday. That means the figure does not necessarily reflect the real number of people who are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

There are now 397 people hospitalized in the province with 362 in the ICU. At its height, about 420 patients were in ICUs and 315 or so people were on ventilators.

On Monday, Hamilton's board of health voted to have staff report on how to mandate infection control measures in buildings more than 12 storeys tall. As TVO.org has reported, experts cite a number of concerns in apartment buildings, from close quarters living to airflow between units.

The rolling seven-day average has dropped to 478, reaching the lowest point since late September.

Public Health Sudbury and Districts' walk-in clinic vaccine had run out of doses within two hours on Monday, according to CBC Sudbury. Ontario is now averaging more than 180,000 shots per day.

Within Canada, Quebec leads the pack with 78 per cent of all adults with at least one dose.

The last time the province recorded a positivity rate of 1.3 per cent was on October 2, before the peak of the second and third waves.

As of last night, more than two million Ontarians, or roughly 16.8 per cent of adults, had gotten both doses.

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Officials in a northern Ontario health unit say children, adults under 30, and people who are not vaccinated are driving a surge in COVID-19 cases in the region.

"Once complete, individuals who have only received one dose will be able to book their second dose appointment, when eligible, through the provincial booking system, public health units that use their own booking system or participating pharmacies and primary care settings".

Algoma Public Health: 399 cases, weekly rate of 2.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Catton said last week that the more infectious Delta variant, which first appeared in India, was detected through community transmission.

There were 202,984 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered yesterday, up from 184,989 doses administered on June 14.

Catton urged residents to restrict their interactions and continue to follow public health measures.

"We need to see a more sustained pattern that is really solid before making any considerations", she told a news conference.