Ontario reports 780 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

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The seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in the province stands at 821, which is the highest it has been since June 5. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
The seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in the province stands at 821, which is the highest it has been since June 5. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

Ontario reported another 780 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as Premier Doug Ford spoke at a press conference for the first time since the new omicron coronavirus variant was confirmed in the province.

"We have to be cautious on all all fronts," Ford said.

"We're working collaboratively with the federal government to tighten up our borders to make sure that we're testing everyone that's coming in from the designated countries and other countries as well."

Meanwhile, the seven-day average for cases in the province, which helps level out peaks and valleys in the data, now stands at 821, the highest it has been since June 5.

In a tweet, Minister of Health Christine Elliott said some COVID-19 vaccination data will not be available on Wednesday.

As of the most recent data made available on Tuesday, about 89.9 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 years or older have received at least one dose, while nearly 86.4 per cent have received two.

Here are some other key pandemic indicators and figures from the Ministry of Health's daily provincial update Wednesday:

Tests completed: 35,364.

Provincewide test positivity rate: 3.1 per cent.

Seven-day average: 821.

Active cases: 6,750.

Patients in ICU with COVID-related illnesses: 296 people are in hospital with COVID-19. Of those patients, 246 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 50 are fully vaccinated. There are also 155 people in intensive care, 90 of whom are using a ventilator to breathe. Of the people in ICU, 133 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 22 are fully vaccinated.

Deaths: Six, pushing the official toll to 10,005 (one previously reported death was removed due to a data error).

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