The province of Ontario reported ten net new jobs on Thursday COVID-19 mortality among patients in intensive care with the virus decreased.
According to the Ministry of Health, seven of the most recent deaths occurred within the last month, with three occurring more than a month ago.
Three of the most recent deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities.
According to the province, there have been a total of 12,366 virus-related deaths since March 2020.
There are currently 661 patients hospitalized with the virus across Ontario, up from 611 yesterday and from 644 a week ago, according to the ministry.
Of those hospitalized patients, 165 are in ICU, compared to 199 this time a week ago.
The province conducted just over 15,500 tests in the past 24 hours, and 6,404 tests are currently under investigation.
Ontario reported 2,561 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases today, but that is an undercount due to limited testing.
Among the latest cases, 1,408 of the individuals have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 656 have received two doses, 273 are not fully vaccinated and 224 have an unknown vaccination status.
Yesterday, Ontario’s Science Advisory Table Scientific Director Dr. Peter Jüni said wastewater data is indicating that infections are on the rise, just days after the province lifted mask mandates in most indoor settings.
The table said Thursday that the concentration of viral copies of SARS-COV-2 now found in the province’s waste water are doubling every seven days.
Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Alon Vaisman says wastewater data is a reliable measure to monitor the virus’ transmissibility but says questions remain about how severe new cases will be.
“Are we going to see a rapid rise in the number of hospitalizations and deaths? And I think it’s very likely we’re going to see a very high rise in the number of individuals getting COVID, likely getting mild or asymptomatic disease, it’s just harder to tell what the impact is going to be on the health-care system this time around,” he told CP24 on Thursday.
To date, 89 per cent of Ontarians aged five years and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 86 per cent received two doses and 51 per cent have received three doses.