Ontario reports more than 700 COVID-19 cases, 7 additional deaths

Ontario reported 704 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 587,521.

This is the first time the province has reported more than 700 cases since September 24th.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said of the new cases, 506 involve people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 198 are fully vaccinated individuals.

In comparison, 640 cases were reported on Saturday, which means that the average of seven days increased. It stands at 607, up from Friday when it was 597. Last Saturday it was 629.

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Seven more deaths were also announced on October 2, bringing the provincial virus-related death toll to 9,750. Authorities said all seven deaths occurred within the last month.

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A total of 572,750 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is 645 more.

More than 29,500 additional tests were conducted. Ontario has now administered a total of 18,141,603 tests, and 18,652 are still under investigation.

The province stated that the positivity rate for the last day was 1.8 percent, which is the same as Friday’s report, and slightly up from last Saturday’s report when it was 1.9 percent.

Provincial figures showed that there are 162 people on intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by one), of which 110 are in a ventilator (down by seven).

Elliott said of those in the intensive care unit, 155 patients are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while seven are fully vaccinated.

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As of Friday afternoon, 21,847,046 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 37,333. Of the newly administered shots, 12,729 were the first dose and 24,604 were the second dose.

In Ontario, 86.4 percent of people aged 12-plus have received at least one vaccine dose, and 81.2 percent are fully vaccinated.

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