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Ontario COVID cases decrease showing break in seventh wave

Over last 30 days, Ontario has reported between 2 and 15 deaths per day that were caused by COVID, or the virus was a contributing factor

It appears the seventh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be turning as the latest weekly update shows a decrease in case counts, per cent positivity, hospitalizations, deaths, and outbreaks. 

According to the Aug. 4 report by Public Health Ontario, there were 46 deaths and 306 hospital admissions related to COVID-19 reported during the week ending July 30. That's a decrease from 75 deaths and 463 hospitalizations during the week ending July 23. 

Between June 30 and July 30, there were between 29 and 87 people hospitalized each day because of COVID-19. This includes patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19 or had their hospital stay extended because of COVID-19.

Over the last 30 days, there have been between two and 15 deaths per day that were caused by COVID, or the virus was a contributing factor.

It's possible both deaths and hospitalizations will increase in the next few weeks as the severe outcomes have been shown to lag behind other indicators, such as case counts. 

There were 10,982 cases confirmed through limited lab testing in Ontario for the week ending July 30, which is also a decrease from 12,092 cases for the week ending July 23. 

The per cent positivity rate has plateaued for about three weeks in Ontario ranging between 14 and 15 per cent. The province's goal is for this rate to be around three per cent, which indicates testing is covering enough of the population to present an accurate case count. 

Outbreaks in high-risk settings dropped to 193 from 216 active outbreaks on July 23. 

There are 1,474 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. There are 139 patients in Ontario ICUs because of COVID-19, including 56 patients on ventilators. 

Nearly 7.45 million people (50.5 per cent of Ontario population) have had at least three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 12.15 million people (82.5 per cent of population) have had at least two doses. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the province has confirmed 1,373,548 cases of COVID, and 13,673 deaths. 

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