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    On Thursday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 417 new infections of COVID-19 signifying a slight increase from yesterday. There were 458 new cases logged on Monday, 390 were logged on Tuesday, and 306 on Wednesday. Currently, there are 254 patients in hospitals and 158 of them are being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units.

    The seven-day rolling average dropped to 476 today as it was 565 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 1.5 per cent as it processed over 35,421 tests in the last 24-hour period. Of the cases reported today, 271 of them involved people who are either unvaccinated, partially 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. There were 69 new cases in Toronto, 43 cases in Peel Region, and 18 cases in York Region. Windsor-Essex logged 23 new cases, Ottawa reported 29, and Hamilton recorded 30 new cases.

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