Ontario reports slight increase in lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as other public health indicators remain stable

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Ontario reports a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases detected through PCR testing for the second week in a row, but most other public health indicators remain stable.

The latest data from the Department of Health suggests there were 8,354 new laboratory-confirmed cases over the past seven days, up from 7,945 the week before and 7,419 the week before that.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate was largely unchanged at 11.98 per cent.

The data indicate that the level of viral activity remains relatively stable in Ontario, despite concerns about the return of approximately two million public school students earlier this month.

The ministry says that as of Wednesday, there were 1,141 people in hospital with COVID-19, down slightly from the 1,167 people hospitalized at this time last week.

Of those hospitalized, 129 are being treated in intensive care. This is largely unchanged from last week, when 130 COVID-19 positive patients were in intensive care.

The number of active outbreaks in the handful of sectors with widespread access to PCR testing is also holding relatively steady, with week-to-week declines among long-term care homes, hospitals, shelters and correctional facilities.

Deaths remain high with 65 new deaths linked to COVID-19 added to the province’s tally on Thursday.

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, a total of 14,279 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Ontario.

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