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    On Wednesday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 485 new infections of COVID-19. The province confirmed 526 new infections on Monday and 348 new cases on Tuesday. Before last Thursday, the province had not reported over 500 cases since June 12 when health officials logged 520 new cases.

    The seven-day rolling average is up to 495 as it was at 332 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 2.5 per cent as it processed 26,307 tests in the last 24-hour period. Currently, there are at least 175 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, 14 of them are fully vaccinated and the other 161 are either not fully vaccinated or their status is unknown.

    The province is currently in Step 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan. Indoor dining, gyms, hair salons, movies, and more are allowed to open with limited capacity and restrictions. There were 108 new cases in Toronto, 22 cases in York Region, 59 cases in Peel Region, and 16 in Durham Region. Hamilton logged 36 new cases, Windsor reported 75, Halton Region found 16, and Ottawa reported 19.

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