Ontario reports 2,063 new cases of COVID-19, 73 associated deaths

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Ontario is reporting 2,063 new cases of COVID-19 today and 73 more deaths linked to virus.

The province says 1,273 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday.

Of those, 353 patients were in intensive care and 216 were on ventilators.

Provincial data says 9,373 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered Friday, for a total of 336,828 doses across the province.

Meanwhile, a public health physician with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says a rise in cases among northwestern Ontario Indigenous communities is a wake-up call for the region.

Dr. John Guilfoyle says recent cases in five communities appear to have been contained, but people should be extremely careful.

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