Ontario reports drop in daily COVID-19 cases to open week

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Ontario is reporting 552 new COVID-19 cases on Monday with three additional deaths.

There are 342 resolved cases along with a 2.2 per cent positivity rate. The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 infections continues to rise at 573, increasing from 476 recorded one week ago. At the start of the month, Ontario’s seven-day rolling average was 349.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 340 of Monday’s 552 confirmed cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 212 are in fully vaccinated people.

There are currently 141 people recovering from the virus in the intensive care unit, 11 of those patients are from Saskatchewan. Elliott says 79 people are on a ventilator.

Toronto reported a sizeable increase in local infections, with 85 confirmed on Monday after confirming a similar total (86 new COVID-19 cases) on Saturday. The last time Toronto saw more than 80 cases was on Oct. 16, with 88.

Peel and York Regions confirmed 51 and 49 new cases, with 17 in Durham and 15 in Halton Regions. There continues to be higher transmission in Simcoe-Muskoka, with 44 new infections under that public health unit and 44 new infections in Windsor-Essex.

Ontario’s effective reproduction number — the average number of additional infections caused by one infection — is at 1.21 as of this week. The R(t) was 0.87 one month ago during the week of Oct. 13 to Oct. 19.

Just over 17,000 vaccine doses were administered as 88.7 per cent of individuals aged 12-and-up are now partially vaccinated, while 85.6 per cent have received two shots.

Health officials confirmed 666 new cases on Sunday with seven deaths. That total the highest daily coronavirus case count since Oct. 2, when the province reported 704 new infections.

–with files from toronto.citynews.ca

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