Ontario reports less than 500 COVID-19 cases as 7-day average continues to fall

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Ontario reported 486 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 594,419.

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This is the sixth day in a row that the province reported less than 500 cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said of the new cases, 329 included people who have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status, while 157 are fully vaccinated individuals.

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For comparison, 654 cases were reported last Saturday, which means the seven-day average fell. It is at 441 compared to Friday, when it was 465. Last Saturday it was 544.

Five additional deaths were also announced on 16 October, bringing the provincial virus-related death toll to 9,814.

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A total of 580,667 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, taking the tally to 517.

More than 32,600 additional tests were completed. Ontario has conducted a total of 18,563,680 tests so far and 14,277 are under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 1.7 percent, up from Friday’s report, when it was 1.4 percent, and slightly lower than last Saturday’s report, when it was 1.8 percent.

Provincial data showed that 164 people are in intensive care due to COVID-19 (one after the other), of whom 103 are on ventilators (one above).

Elliott said 146 patients in intensive care have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status, while 18 have been fully vaccinated.

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As of 8 p.m. Friday, 22,208,199 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Ontario, an increase of 30,369. Of the latest shots administered, 10,030 were first doses and 20,339 were second doses.

In Ontario, 87.4 percent of people over the age of 12 have received at least one vaccine dose and about 83 percent have been fully vaccinated.

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