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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ontario has reported 3,301 new COVID-19 cases, the highest 7-day rolling average

Ontario reports 3,301 new COVID-19 cases

Key takeaways:

  • Ontario has reported over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and four more virus-related deaths for the second day in a row.
  • Over 86 percent of Ontarians aged five and up have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 81% receiving two doses.

For the 2nd day in a row, Ontario has reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and four more virus-related deaths, bringing the seven-day rolling average to over 2,000 on Saturday.

According to provincial health officials, today’s coronavirus cases totaled 3,301, up from 3,124 yesterday and 1,607 a week ago.

Today’s total is the highest since May 6, when 3,424 people were counted.

The seven-day rolling average is now 2,156, nearly double the previous week’s average (1,194) and the highest in seven months.

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The spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has significantly increased cases over the last week.

Without more booster shots and additional public health measures, the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table in Ontario warned this week that daily case counts could reach 10,000 by January.

According to the table, Omicron is responsible for over 51% of all COVID-19 cases in the province. The effective reproductive (RT) number is 3.06, implying that every 100 new Omicron cases will result in 306 secondary infections. The combined RT for all variants is 1.4.

Meanwhile, according to the table, Omicron has a doubling time of 2.8 days.

2,338 people are fully vaccinated, 718 are unvaccinated, 104 are partially vaccinated, and 141 have an unknown vaccination status, according to the most recent cases reported today.

Over 86 percent of Ontarians aged five and up have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 81% receiving two doses.

Another 1,207 people recovered from the virus yesterday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to over 17,800.

According to the Ministry of Health, the four deaths reported today occurred within the last month, bringing the total death toll to 10,111.

Ontario reports 3,301 new COVID-19 cases, with the highest 7-day rolling average.
Ontario reports 3,301 new COVID-19 cases, with the highest 7-day average. Image from Toronto Star

According to the ministry, Ontario labs processed 54,400 tests in the last 24 hours, yielding an 8.9% positivity rate, the highest since mid-May.

In the Greater Toronto Area, 851 new cases were reported in Toronto, up from 759 the day before, while Peel Region had 246 new cases, York had 242, Halton had 189, and Durham had 150.

256 new cases were reported in Ottawa, 186 in Simcoe Muskoka, and 144 in Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington in other parts of the province.

There are currently 382 people with the virus in hospitals across the province, with 154 in intensive care units.

121 of the ICU patients are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 33 are fully vaccinated, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Capacity limits in indoor facilities that can hold more than 1,000 people have been capped at 50% as of today, according to the latest figures.

Capacity limits will be reduced to 50% in various settings, including restaurants, bars, retailers, shopping malls, gyms, and personal care services, beginning tomorrow.

To stem the spread of the Omicron variant, Doug Ford’s government reinstated capacity restrictions.

Since January 2020, the province has seen 645,766 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and 617,773 recoveries.

Source: CP24 News

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