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COVID-19: Provincial vaccine booking system opens Monday to adults in three Ottawa hotspots, Ontario reports 3,732 new cases, 23 deaths

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Adults in three Ottawa hotspot neighbourhoods (K1V,K1T,K2V) will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccines Monday through the province’s online portal.

Ontario is further expanding its COVID-19 vaccine rollout this week as a boost in supply is expected to arrive from Pfizer-BioNTech.

Ontario reported 3,732 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and 23 new deaths.

Toronto, with 1,198 new cases, Peel, with 797, and York, with 306, remained the province’s worst-hit regions. Hamilton reported 237 new cases while Durham reported 232.

Ottawa Public Health reported 174 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and two new deaths. The new figures bring the total number of COVID cases in the city to 24,518 since the pandemic started, and 509 deaths.

There are currently 1,936 active cases. Of those, 112 people are in Ottawa hospitals with COVID, 29 of them in ICU.

The seven-day infection rate, meanwhile, was reported as 119.2 per 100,000 residents. The lower threshold for the red (Control) zone is 40. The city’s seven-day positivity rate remained at 7.6 per cent, above the lower threshold of 2.5 for the red zone, while the seven-day reproduction rate (R(t)) is 0.93, indicating that the virus’s spread is receding.

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There are currently 21 institutional and eight school/daycare outbreaks active, as well as seven community ones.

The number of confirmed variant cases in Ottawa is 3,688 B.1.1.7 (which originated in the UK) cases and 10 B.1.351 (which originated in South Africa) ones.

Ontario

In other health units in the region, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark reported four new cases, while Kingston confirmed nine more. Eastern Ontario Health Unit saw its case numbers go up by 23, while Renfrew County reported 13 new cases.

The new figures raise Ontario’s total number of COVID cases since January 2020 to 470,465 and its death toll to 8,102.

There are 1,961 COVID patients currently in Ontario hospitals, 895 of them in ICU and 615 on ventilators.

Additionally, 76,685 vaccine doses were administered in the province in the 24-hour period ending Saturday afternoon, for a province-wide total of 5,324,369. The number of Ontarians who have been fully vaccinated increased by 1,721, to 375,280.

Quebec

Quebec health officials reported a third case of a rare blood clot linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday.

The Health Department said the unidentified person remains hospitalized but is in stable condition.

Late last month, Francine Boyer, 54, died of a cerebral thrombosis in a Montreal hospital after receiving the AstraZeneca shot on April 9.

Thrombosis is a possible complication of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but is reported in about one per 100,000 vaccines administered. As of Friday, Quebec has administered more than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, said in a statement the risks related to COVID-19 illness far outweigh those linked to the vaccine.

In Quebec, 1,006 new COVID cases were confirmed Sunday, along with nine new deaths.

That brings the province’s overall case count to 351,880 since the pandemic began, and a death toll of 10,942.

None of the new deaths occurred in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.

There are 574 COVID patients hospitalized in Quebec, including 157 in intensive care.

Additionally, the province administered 50,555 vaccine doses in the most recent 24-hour reporting period, for a province-wide total of 3,218,214.

In the Outaouais, meanwhile, 45 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday. Overall, there have been 11,382 confirmed cases in the region, and 197 deaths.

With files from The Canadian Press

By the numbers

Ottawa (as of Saturday at 3 p.m.)

174: New confirmed cases

24,518: Total cases

2: New deaths

509: Total deaths

1,936: Active cases

112: In hospital

29: In ICU

119.2: Seven-day COVID rate, per 100,000 population

7.6: Per cent seven-day positivity rate

0.93: Seven-day R(t) number

4,944: Total cases involving variants of concern and mutations

28: Total deaths involving variants of concern and mutations

Ontario (as of Saturday afternoon)

3,732: New confirmed cases

470,465: Total cases

2,871: New B.1.1.7 (UK origin) variant cases confirmed (72,313 total)

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10: New B.1.351 (South African origin) variant cases confirmed (291 total)

103: New P.1 (Brazilian origin) variant cases confirmed (875 total)

23: New deaths

8,102: Total deaths

1,961: Currently in hospital

895: In ICU

615: On a ventilator

76,685: Doses of vaccine administered in the 24 hours ending 8 p.m. Saturday

5,324,369: Total doses administered

375,280: People fully vaccinated

45,301: Tests conducted in previous 24 hours

14,197,942: Total tests conducted

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