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More than 500 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario for first time in two months

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TORONTO — Ontario has logged more than 500 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since mid-June.

Health officials reported 513 new infections on Thursday—a significant increase from the 324 cases on Wednesday and the 321 on Tuesday.

The rolling seven-day average of daily COVID-19 infections now stands at about 375, a stark difference from 214 last week.

The last time Ontario reported more than 500 cases of COVID-19 in a single-day was on June 13, when 530 cases were identified.

Earlier this week, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health warned that residents should expect to see a rise in infections heading into the fall, but that it was “not a cause for panic.”

“Our case rates will fluctuate over time,” Dr. Kieran Moore said. “If we really work well together in Ontario, we can blunt this. We can decrease its impact. We can lessen morbidity and mortality and have less young people die as a result.”

The positivity rate in Ontario has also jumped to about 2.1 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health, with just under 22,900 tests processed in the last 24-hour period.

Of the 513 cases reported Thursday, Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 360 of them are in unvaccinated individuals and 56 were partially vaccinated.

No new deaths were reported on Thursday.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases now stands at 553,962, including deaths and recoveries.

This is a breaking news story. More to come.

Backstory:

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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