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Ontario reports more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Last Updated Aug 28, 2021 at 10:28 am EDT

A poster encouraging mask wearing in a crowded space in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

Ontario is reporting 835 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the highest single-day total since the beginning of June.

Of the new cases, 675 are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 160 are fully vaccinated.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases has now climbed to 685. Two weeks ago, that number of 427.

Health officials say 343 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (excluding ICU). Of those patients, 313 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 30 are fully vaccinated.

According to provincial data, 162 people are in ICU fighting the virus. Of those patients, 154 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccine status. There are 87 patients on ventilators.

Toronto reported 168 new infections while Peel Region added 114 new cases – its highest single-day total in over a week. York Region confirmed 102 new cases – the first time since the end of May that it has seen its single-day total exceed 100.

An additional seven deaths were reported on Saturday, however, health officials say six of the deaths occurred more than two months ago and are being added as part of a data clean-up. That brings the total number of deaths in Ontario attributed to the virus to 9,496.

The province administered 37,716 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. More than 9.89 million Ontarians are now fully vaccinated.

There were 28,528 tests preformed in the previous 24 hours for a test positivity rate of 2.6 per cent.