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    On Wednesday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 495 new infections of COVID-19 signifying a slight increase from yesterday. Tuesday officials reported 466 new cases, on Monday there were 616, and Sunday there were 654 new cases. This is the fifth day in a row where the province is reporting cases under 700 and there are 172 patients in intensive care units.

    The seven-day rolling average dropped to 610 today as it was 691 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 1.7 per cent as it processed 36,404 tests in the last 24-hour period. 380 of the new cases today were among those who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or have an unknown status. Also, 115 of the cases were found in people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

    The province released its vaccine passport on September 22, making non-essential service available to those who are fully vaccinated. There were 107 new cases in Toronto, 33 cases in Peel Region, 35 cases in York Region, and 39 in Hamilton. Windsor-Essex logged 33 new cases, Niagara Region logged 32, and Ottawa recorded 39 cases.

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