the final day the ministry intends to disclose daily information on the spread of the coronavirus, Ontario reported six additional COVID-19 deaths and slight decreases in hospitalization on Thursday.
All six deaths, according to the Ministry of Health, took place during the last 30 days.
There were two long-term care system participants.
13 357 people have died total since March 2020, including 53 in the last seven days, 287 in the last 30 days, and 287 overall.
At hospitals, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 fell to 491, down 15 from Wednesday and 58 from one week ago.
Of those, 109 were in intensive care – down six from Wednesday – and 45 were breathing with a ventilator.
Thursday is the last day the province plans to provide complete daily statistics on testing, deaths and hospitalizations as it moves to a weekly reporting schedule.
The province has been providing daily COVID-19 statistics since mid-February 2020.
Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, citing wastewater surveillance data, says transmission appears to be on the rebound after weeks of declines.
Of the 777 cases of COVID-19 confirmed though PCR testing across the province on Thursday, the Ministry of Health says 69 cases involved people who were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, 134 cases involved people with two doses, 506 cases involved people with three or more doses and the vaccination status of 68 cases was not known.
Provincial labs processed 12,310 specimens in the previous period, generating a positivity rate of 6.9 per cent.
Average weekly positivity stands at 6.8 per cent this week, and 7.3 per cent one week earlier.
The province says 12,946 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday.
Of those, 682 were first doses, 930 were second doses, 1,578 were third doses and 9,756 were fourth doses.