Ont. reports 458 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 390 on Tuesday
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:10AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:12AM EDT
Ontario is reporting an average of 424 new COVID-19 cases on both Monday and Tuesday and two deaths over the past two days.
COVID-19 case data was not released on Monday due to the holiday but provincial health officials said Tuesday that 458 new cases were confirmed yesterday and 390 were logged today. Today's tally marks the first time in nearly two months that the daily case count dipped below 400 in Ontario.
Last Monday, the province reported 511 new COVID-19 infections and 429 were confirmed last Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases is now 525, down from 576 one week ago.
The province reported 66 new cases in Toronto today, 65 in York Region, and 62 in Peel Region.
Of the new cases confirmed today, 130, or 33 per cent, involved fully immunized individuals, and on Sunday, 125, or 27 per cent, were in people who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
About 87 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82 per cent are fully vaccinated.
With 20,785 tests processed on Sunday and 18,280 completed yesterday, officials reported a provincewide positivity rate of 1.9 per cent on both Monday and Tuesday.
The province says 149 people with COVID-19 are in hospital intensive care units, down from 155 last week.
A count of local public health units and individual hospitals puts the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at 246, including those in intensive care.
With two new deaths confirmed over the past two days, Ontario's overall virus-related death toll now stands at 9,792.
Ontario's known, active COVID-19 caseload is 4,369, down from 4,734 last Tuesday.
Over the weekend, the provincial government lifted capacity restrictions at a number of businesses, including sporting and concert venues.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist with Toronto General Hospital, said the province must be prepared to "pivot quickly" if the situation worsens in Ontario.
"We can look around the country and see how you cannot communicate this as a one-way street toward reopening because there are going to be expected and unexpected bumps in the road," he told CP24 on Tuesday morning.
"Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick now, these are vaccinated communities and you can see what happens when all public health measures are lifted.... Things can get out of control very quickly."
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.