Ontario reports more than 4,100 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths

Ontario is reporting 4,156 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 398,835.

Wednesday’s case count is up from Tuesday’s which saw 3,670 new infections. On Monday, 4,401 new cases were recorded.

According to Wednesday’s report, 1,254 cases were recorded in Toronto, 593 in Peel Region, 476 in York Region, 340 in Ottawa, 248 in Durham Region, 192 in Halton Region and 189 in Hamilton.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 150 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,610 as 28 more deaths were recorded — the largest increase in deaths since mid-February and a third wave high.

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Meanwhile, 354,417 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 89 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,160 from the previous day.

Ontario reported 1,877 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 55  from the previous day) with an all-time high of 642 patients in intensive care units (up by 16) and 442 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 20).

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 36,808 — up from the previous day when it was at 35,840, and up from April 7 when it was at 27,359. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000.

The government said 54,211 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 45,248 tests awaiting results. A total of 13,238,455 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Wednesday was 8.6 per cent. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 10.3 per cent, but is up from last week when it was 6.7 per cent.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the provincial government reported administering 3,422,974 total COVID-19 vaccine doses. That marks an increase of 112,817 vaccines in the last day, the highest number of vaccines administered in 24 hours. There are 337,206 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.

Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), P.1 (first detected in Brazil), as well as mutations that have no determined lineage.

The B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 24,467 variant cases, which is up by 3,980 since the previous day, 84 B.1.351 variant cases which is up by three, and 176 P.1 variant cases which is up by 33.

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Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 197,750 people are male — an increase of 2,135 cases.
  • 198,784 people are female — an increase of 1,998 cases.
  • 59,572 people are 19 and under — an increase of 755 cases.
  • 146,366 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 1,490 cases.
  • 114,718 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 1,271 cases.
  • 55,715 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 560 cases.
  • 22,370 people are 80 and over — an increase of 76 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:

  • Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 2
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 38
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 331
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 2,188
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,050
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data corrections or updates can result in death records being removed.

— More to come.

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