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    On Friday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 573 new infections of COVID-19 signifying a slight decrease from yesterday. This is the sixth day in a row where the province is reporting case counts under 600. Thursday the province reported 587 new cases, on Wednesday there were 476 new cases, and Tuesday officials reported 429 new cases.

    The seven-day rolling average dropped to 469 today as it was 597 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 1.8 per cent as it processed 37,000 tests in the last 24-hour period. There are currently 271 people in hospitals due to COVID-19 and at least 154 patients are in intensive care units.

    The province released its vaccine passport on September 22, making non-essential service available to those who are fully vaccinated. Out of the total cases today, 381 are in people who are not vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. There were also 192 cases among people who are considered fully vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health. The Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore outlined specific guidelines to follow on Thanksgiving and Halloween.

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