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    On Thursday and Friday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 1,315 new infections of COVID-19 signifying a slight increase from the previous days. On Thursday there were 647, and Friday there were 668 new cases. This is the sixth day in a row where the province is reporting cases under 700 and there are 163 patients in intensive care units.

    The seven-day rolling average dropped to 597 today as it was 655 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 1.8 per cent as it processed 74,715 tests over Thursday and Friday. Most of the new cases today were among those who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or have an unknown status. Also, there are 278 people in hospitals with COVID-19, and 250 of them are either not fully vaccinated or have an unknown status.

    The province released its vaccine passport on September 22, making non-essential service available to those who are fully vaccinated. Over the two days, there were 204 new cases in Toronto, 150 cases in Peel Region, 95 cases in York Region, and 84 in Hamilton. Windsor-Essex logged 83 new cases, Niagara Region logged 75, and Ottawa recorded 110 cases.

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