Seven day average still climbing as Ontario logs 780 new COVID-19 cases


TORONTO — Provincial health officials are reporting an additional 780 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario on Wednesday, December 1, as well as six more deaths being attributed to the disease.

For the most part, Ontario has seen more than 700 infections daily over the last week, with Tuesday being the exception with 687 cases.

There were 788 COVID-19 cases reported Monday, 964 on Sunday and 854 on Saturday.

Ontario’s seven-day rolling average of daily infections, correspondingly, continues to rise, hitting roughly 821 on Tuesday. This is in stark contrast to reporting from the previous week showing that number to be 692.

June 4th was the last recorded date on which the seven-day average was this high.

With just over 35,300 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the province’s positivity rate is about 3.1 per cent.

Six deaths were logged in the last 24 hours, but provincial officials say that one death was also removed from the total count due to data cleaning, bringing the tally to 10,005.

There are currently at least 155 people being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units. Health Minister Christine Elliott says that of those patients, 133 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Other vaccination data is not available today due to technical difficulties, the province said.

On Wednesday, officials logged 185 school-related cases. Of those infections, 167 were identified in students. Thirteen schools in Ontario are closed as a result of COVID-19.

Forty-three cases were confirmed in child-care centres and homes in Ontario, with 32 infections logged in children. Fifteen facilities are closed.

As of Tuesday, four cases of the new Omicron variant have been identified in Ontario. Canada is imposing new testing requirements on all air travellers coming from outside of Canada in an effort to curb the spread of the B.1.1.529 variant.

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