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Ontario reports fewer than 600 new COVID-19 cases for 2nd straight day

Last Updated Sep 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm EDT

People wearing face masks line up for COVID-19 tests at a COVID-19 assessment center in Mississauga, Ont., on May 5, 2021. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua) (Credit Image: © Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

Ontario reported 593 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — a rise from 577 the day before.

The province said another five people have died as a result of the virus, but one of the deaths occurred more than a month ago.

Health officials said of the new cases, 447 are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, and 146 are in fully-vaccinated individuals.

Toronto reported 141 new cases, 61 infections are in Peel and 39 case are in York.

In the past day, 33,220 tests have been completed with a test positivity rate of 2.5 per cent.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 84.6 per cent of eligible residents have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 78.4 per cent have two doses.

Elliott said of the 346 people hospitalized with the virus, 311 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, and 35 are fully vaccinated.

According to provincial data, 188 people are in the ICU. Of those patients, 178 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, and 10 are fully vaccinated.