Ontario continues to see a spike in new COVID-19 cases with more than 1,400 infections confirmed in the past 24 hours as the province’s top doctor says the Omicron COVID-19 version “soon” can be effective.
Provincial health officials reported 1,453 new cases today, up from 1,290 on Thursday and 1,031 a week ago. This is the highest single day total since May 23.
The seven-day rolling average of new infections has risen to 1,115 from 866 last Friday.
In a news conference Friday afternoon, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said that as of Thursday, 10 percent of the samples sequenced by Public Health Ontario tested positive for the Omicron variant.
“I’m concerned about the growth in Omicron in Ontario,” Moore said.
“It is anticipated that we will have a significant increase in the coming weeks and over the next month. And it could become a major stress very soon.”
Moore said Omicron could replace Delta as the flagship version by January. That’s why he is urging the people of Ontario to be vigilant during the holiday season.
Moore said, “We really need to reflect on how we can best protect each other over the winter holidays. I know many people already had social gatherings planned . We are asking to be prudent to be cautious,” Moore said.
“We don’t want this holiday season to be a super spreading event.”
Of the new cases confirmed today, 613 include people who have not been vaccinated, 26 are partially immunized individuals, 718 are people who have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, And 96 include people with unknown vaccination status.
About 81 percent of all Ontario residents, including those under the age of five who are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, have been given at least one dose and 76 percent have received two doses have been received. Unvaccinated individuals currently represent about 19 percent of Ontario’s population, but account for about 42 percent of all new cases today. Of those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 85.5 percent have received at least one dose and 80 percent have received at least two shots.
With 39,941 tests processed yesterday, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of 4.4 percent, the highest number in more than six months.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care now stands at 151, up slightly from 146 last week. According to the Ministry of Health, only 29 of these patients have been fully vaccinated.
The province says 11 more virus-related deaths were added to Ontario’s COVID-19 tally today, which now stands at 10,065.
Public health units with the most new cases today include Toronto (195), Ottawa (109), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox, and Eddington (95), York area (91), Peel area (89), Windsor (89) . ), Durham Region (76), Simcoe Muskoka (73), Halton Region (68), Hamilton (54), and London-Middlesex (52).
The number of known, active COVID-19 cases in Ontario now stands at 9,193, up from 7,217 seven days ago.
With increasing infections, more and more adults from province to province have been asked to start the third dose quickly.
Beginning next week, all Ontario residents over the age of 50 will be eligible to receive their third shot, provided it has been six months since they were given their second shot.
On Friday afternoon, the province announced that it is expanding booster eligibility for Ontarians ages 18 and older starting Jan.
So far, only less than a million third doses have been given in Ontario.
Dr. Andrew Boozery, executive director of social medicine and population health at the University Health Network, tweeted Friday that Ontario should no longer consider a two-dose vaccine to be a complete vaccine. Dr. Issac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital, said the third dose is now “even more important” with the advent of the Omicron version in Canada.
“I think it is fair to say that we are seeing a real increase in cases and it is also fair to say that Omicron is here and Omicron is spreading… we know that vaccines, while exceptionally helpful and continuing Hopefully the help with Omicron won’t be as helpful as they are against Delta, so we could see an even greater spread,” he told CP24 on Friday morning, adding that vaccines still help prevent serious disease. help.
“I think you really have to take steps to make sure you keep this virus under control at the province level.”