The daily case count in Ontario has increased marginally week over week, with approximately 750 new infections confirmed in the last 24 hours.
Today, 748 new cases were reported in the province, up from 591 on Wednesday and 711 a week earlier. The seven-day rolling average of new cases continues to grow, with 692 instances reported today, up from 597 a week ago.
Three hundred fifty-six of the new cases identified today are in persons who have not been vaccinated, 19 are in people who have been partially vaccinated, 329 are in people who have been fully immunized, and 44 are in individuals with unknown vaccination status.
Despite accounting for roughly 20% of the population, unvaccinated individuals account for 48% of all cases.
An infectious diseases specialist in Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, informed on Thursday that persons who have been vaccinated are less likely to become infected and transfer COVID-19 to fewer people than those who have not been vaccinated.
“Both (vaccinated and unvaccinated) can have the same viral load, the same viral levels,” he said, “but there is proof that the viral load reduces significantly faster in the vaccinated group than in the unvaccinated group.”
Despite an increase in COVID-19 transmission in recent weeks, the number of virus-related ICU admissions and deaths has remained largely stable. Ministry of Health, reported currently 137 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, up from 129 one week ago.
Today, four more virus-related deaths were added to Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll, bringing the total to 9,985. Officials indicate a provincewide positivity rate of 2.6 per cent, up from two per cent one week ago, after 33,932 tests were processed in the last 24 hours.
The number of current COVID-19 cases in Ontario has increased to 5,552 from 4,872 last Thursday. The government started implementing its vaccination program for youngsters aged five to eleven years old this week.