Ontario reported more than 600 new COVID-19 cases, despite low total testing volumes that continue to provide test positivity rates of more than 3% on Tuesday.
Today, the province recorded 613 new COVID-19 cases and six net new deaths, up from 481 instances the day before.
The rolling average of new cases over the last seven days is presently 675. That’s a gain of 16.5% from a week ago, when it was at 579.
The province reported 627 cases, and on Sunday, it reported 741, un Tuesday.
Ontario labs processed less than 20,000 specimens, generating a positivity rate of 3.1 per cent.
The Ministry of Health says 288 of Tuesday’s cases involved unvaccinated people, 30 involved people with one dose, 266 involved fully vaccinated people and 29 involved people with unknown vaccination status.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people made up 52 per cent of Tuesday’s cases despite forming only 25 per cent of Ontario’s population.
Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table finds that even with millions of people now five months out from their second dose or longer, full vaccination is still associated with an 81 per cent relative reduction risk in infection and a 92 per cent relative reduction in risk of hospitalization.
The Ministry also said they identified nine new deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, but they removed three earlier deaths from the total due to data cleanup or a revised cause of death in those instances, leading to a net increase of six.
The province has reported a net increase of 36 deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week.
The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 reported since March 2020 now stands at 9,974.
Ontario’s known active caseload of COVID-19 cases fell by 90 from Monday to 5,487.
Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine booking portal began accepting appointments for children ages 5-11 to receive their first doses on Tuesday, with shots going in to arms as early as this Thursday.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore told CP24 children will be given doses eight weeks apart, and they should receive their first dose two weeks or longer from the date of their influenza vaccine shot.
In the first three hours the portal was online on Tuesday, 68,000 appointments for children to receive first doses were confirmed, according to a representative for Premier Doug Ford’s office.
There were 282 individuals receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals due to COVID-19, with 134 in intensive care, up one from Monday.
Eight ICU patients from Saskatchewan were moved to Ontario.
Toronto reported 72 new cases, Peel Region reported 35, and York Region reported 47 new cases across the GTA.
There were 22 new cases reported in Durham, 10 in Halton, and 13 in Hamilton.