Ontario records 748 COVID-19 cases as little arms get jabs

Lokawaaz,November 25,2021:

Ontario reported 748 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday on the first day that the program to inoculate children in the five to 11 age group got underway on a large scale.

Officials reported that 136 of the new cases were in children in that age range, compared to 47 cases in youth aged 12 to 19 years-old.

Public health has confirmed 1,397 cases of COVID-19 in elementary and secondary schools over the past two weeks, including 1,257 in students.

The age group with the largest number of new cases Thursday — 226 — was the 20 to 39 set, which reflects an ongoing trend.

“Individuals who are not fully vaccinated represent 23.8% of Ontario’s total population & amount to 375 of Ontario’s 748 new reported cases. 44 cases are in individuals with an unknown vaccination status,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.

Ontario has administered two doses of a vaccine to 86% of the eligible population aged 12 and up, one dose to 3% and 11% are unvaccinated.

The province has fully vaccinated 96.3% of people aged 80 and over and 95.7% of those in the 70 to 79 age group.

Hospitals reported 257 patients being treated for COVID-19, including 137 in intensive care and 87 on ventilators.

According to public health data, 5.1% of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been admitted to hospital over the course of the pandemic and 1% or 6,138 patients went into the ICU.

An additional five deaths were attributed to the virus.

All 34 public health units in the province reported at least one case of COVID-19 Thursday with Toronto at 77, Windsor-Essex at 57, Simcoe Muskoka at 55, Peel Region at 48, Ottawa at 45 and York Region at 43.

Provincial public health data indicated 10 new cases in Timiskaming Thursday, but the local health unit later confirmed 12 new cases. The public health unit noted this week that it has the highest COVID-19 rate in the province adjusted for population.

“We have increasing community spread, which means we don’t always know where someone got COVID-19,” the Timiskaming Health Unit posted online, “The wave 4 surge has hit quickly due to the Delta variant. We currently have our highest active COVID cases to-date and on Saturday had our highest single day ever with 20 cases. Cases are throughout every part of our district.”

Timiskaming says vaccination rates have stagnated over the past few months, dropping below the provincial average, and need to reach 90% or higher to protect against the spread of the Delta variant.


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