Ontario logs 346 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths on Saturday

Ontario reported 346 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, an increase from 256 new cases the previous day. 

The province is reporting an additional 13 deaths.

Saturday’s numbers end a five-day streak of fewer than 300 daily cases.

The new daily case count includes 64 in Toronto, 39 in Waterloo region, 34 in Peel region, 32 in Grey Bruce and 24 in the Porcupine Health Unit region, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

The minister said Ontario’s network of labs completed more than 25,600 tests in the last 24 hours.

As of 8 p.m. on Friday, a cumulative total of 13,824,469 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

This total includes 256,260 doses administered on Friday, which is a new single day record for vaccinations in Ontario, Elliott said.

The new deaths take the province’s death toll to 9,114 since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, there are currently 273 people receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals due to the virus.

A total of 286 patients are in intensive care units. Of this number, 183 are breathing with the help of ventilators.

Youth in delta hot spots can get 2nd doses

As of 8 a.m. on Saturday, Ontario youth between the ages of 12 to 17 who live in designated hot spots for the Delta COVID-19 variant can book accelerated second vaccine dose appointments.

Health units covering the following are considered hot spots for the more transmissible variant:

  • Durham.
  • Halton.
  • Hamilton.
  • Peel.
  • Porcupine
  • Simcoe-Muskoka.
  • Toronto.
  • Waterloo.
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
  • York.

That demographic will have the option to rebook their second doses as of 8 a.m. Saturday, through the provincial booking portal, pharmacies or their local health unit.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only shot currently authorized for use in youth in Canada.

Vaccines have been booked four months apart in Ontario, but the province is offering more people the option to shorten the interval based on increasing vaccine supply.

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