Ontario reports 481 new COVID-19 cases, one death on Tuesday


TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 481 COVID-19 cases and one new death from the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 292 of the new cases are in people not fully vaccinated or with unknown vaccination status, and 189 of the infected people are fully vaccinated.

There were 139 patients in intensive care due to COVID-related critical illness, including 82 people on ventilators.

The province says 88 per cent of Ontario residents aged 12 and older have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85 per cent have received both shots.

As of Tuesday, the province says Public Health Ontario will do genome sequencing on eligible COVID-19 samples to proactively identify potential new virus variants.

A spokeswoman for Elliott says the agency is shifting its screening strategy for COVID-19 samples because nearly all new cases are now the Delta variant.