Today, Ontario has reported nearly 4,400 new COVID-19 cases, the largest single-day number since April.
Today’s total of new illnesses was 4,383, up from 3,453 on Tuesday and 1,808 a week earlier, according to provincial health officials. The number of cases recorded today is the highest daily total since April 23.
The seven-day rolling average of new infections is currently 3,520, more than quadruple the rate of 1,514 last Wednesday.
176 people who are partially vaccinated, 222 people with an unclear vaccination status, 746 people who are unvaccinated, and 3,243 people who are completely vaccinated with two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine are among the new cases reported today.
The province says 10 more virus-related deaths were added to Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll over the past 24 hours.
Case counts have surged over the past week as the highly contagious Omicron variant circulates widely in the province. The province’s Science Advisory Table says the variant now represents about 91 per cent of all new cases and has a doubling time of 2.9 days.
With 55,381 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of 10.7 per cent, up from 6.6 per cent seven days ago. This is the highest positivity rate reported in Ontario since April 26.
Ontario’s known, active COVID-19 caseload now stands at 28,288, up from 12,666 seven days ago.
The public health units with the highest number of new cases today include Toronto (1,284), York Region (479), Ottawa (363), Peel Region (335), Durham Region (238), and Halton Region (223).
Virus-related hospital admissions have risen to 420 today, up from 357 last Wednesday. Intensive care unit (ICU) admissions have also begun to rise, with 168 COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in the ICU, up from 154 one week ago.
There are 132 ICU patients who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 36 who are fully immunized.
About 88 per cent of people aged 12 and up in the province have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Everyone 18 and older who received their second dosage at least three months ago will be eligible for a booster shot to assist provide stronger protection against Omicron, the province declared last week.
However, demand has considerably outstripped availability, and many people have been unable to schedule an injection within the next month.
If they are unable to obtain a timely appointment through the provincial booking system, Ontarians who still want a booster dose are encouraged to seek treatment at hospital clinics, pop-up sites, and pharmacies.