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Ontario reports more than 600 new COVID-19 cases, one more death

Ontario is reporting more than 600 new COVID-19 infections today as the province’s average daily case count continues to tick higher amid the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Provincial health officials recorded 660 new COVID-19 cases today, up from 486 on Tuesday and 485 last Wednesday. Before Wednesday, the province reported more than 600 cases daily for four days straight. Ontario’s rolling seven-day average now stands at 625, up from 495 at this point last week.

Of the new infections reported Wednesday, 525 cases involved people who are either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or their vaccination status remained unknown. The remaining 135 infections involved people who are fully vaccinated.

With 26,406 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says the positivity rate in the province stands at 2.4 per cent.

With one more person dying due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, officials say that the total death tally in the province is now 9,472.

The province stated at least 283 people are in hospital due to COVID-19, including 30 people who are fully vaccinated and 253 people who are either not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

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