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COVID-19: Ontario reports 64 new deaths, most ICU patients since June; Ottawa has five more deaths

Ontario reported 64 new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total to 11,068 since the pandemic began.

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Ontario reported 64 new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total to 11,068 since the pandemic began.

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COVID-related hospitalizations again rose in the province, to 4,008, after dropping to below 4,000 for the previous two days. Of those, 626 are in intensive care, 380 on ventilators. The 626 patients in ICUs is the highest in Ontario since June 4, 2021, when the figure reached 687.

The province, meanwhile, also confirmed 3,424 new COVID cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,004,879. With restrictions to PCR test access going into effect on Dec. 31, however, the true number of infections is likely higher than the figures reported.

In Ottawa-area health units, Eastern Ontario reported 44 new cases, while Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District’s total increased by 30. Kingston reported 25 new cases, while Renfrew District confirmed eight.

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Toronto reported the greatest number of new cases Tuesday, with 570, followed by 525 in Peel.

The province administered 66,528 vaccine doses in the 24 hours ending Monday night, bringing Ontario’s total to 30,166,800. More than 11.6 million Ontario residents are fully vaccinated. Slightly more than six million residents have had booster shots.

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COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health on Tuesday confirmed five new COVID-19 deaths and more than 100 residents hospitalized with COVID-related illnesses.

The new deaths bring the citywide total to 675 since the start of the pandemic, while the 232 new cases reported raises the total to 56,193. The true number of new infections is likely higher, though, after the province, on Dec. 31, severely restricted access to PCR tests.

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Of the 103 people reported in Ottawa hospitals with COVID, 17 are in intensive care.

Two-thirds of Ottawans aged 5 to 11 have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination, according to figures released by the city on Monday.

A total of 52,224 of the estimated 78,408 youngsters in that cohort, or 66.6 per cent, have received at least one inoculation. Vaccinations for that age group began on Nov. 26.

The city’s seven-day infection rate, meanwhile, was 223.8 per 100,000 population as of Sunday, while the seven-day positivity rate was 20.0 per cent, also as of Sunday.

The reproduction number, or R(t), was 0.90 as of Monday. A number less than one indicates that the virus’s spread is decreasing.

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Almost 94 per cent of 12-to-17-year-olds, meanwhile, have had at least one vaccination since qualifying for the vaccine last May.

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Only one cohort, 18-to-29-year-olds, has a single vaccination rate below 90 per cent, with the 160,000+ in that group who have received at least one shot representing just 85.8 per cent of the nearly 187,000 total.

The vaccination data are from COVaxON, extracted using intellihealth Ontario. Age group population projections, meanwhile, are from the Ontario Ministry of Health, also extracted from intellihealth Ontario, on Dec. 7, 2021.

Overall, 904,762 residents, or 91.2 per cent of the city’s 5-and-older population, have received at least one shot.

Latest COVID-19 news in Quebec

Quebec confirmed 85 new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, including four in the Outaouais. The new figures bring the provincewide death toll to 12,936, while COVID fatalities in the Outaouais rose to 256.

Confirmed cases in Quebec rose to 841,414, with 2,977 new cases reported Tuesday.

There are 3,278 COVID patients currently hospitalized in Quebec, a slight decline from a day earlier. Of those, 263 are in intensive care.

Additionally, the province administered 82,197 vaccine doses in the most recent 24-hour reporting period, for a provincial total of 17,251,891.

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