Ontario reports 610 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths linked to virus

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario is reporting 610 new cases of COVID-19 today and two more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 458 of those new cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Elliott says that 233 people are hospitalized with the novel coronavirus.

She says that 177 people are in intensive care because of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health says that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data to the daily report and that it anticipates the number of hospitalized patients will increase Tuesday.

Elliott says 85.1 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.1 per cent have two doses.

Meanwhile, Toronto Public Health said Monday that schools in the city may gradually allow extracurricular activities to return.

The public health unit updated its COVID-19 guidelines, providing a framework for school boards to bring back sports and other extracurriculars.

Both the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board had paused extracurricular activities when in-class lessons began on Sept. 9.

Toronto Public Health said it recommends prioritizing lower-risk and outdoor activities as extracurriculars resume. It says that as schools establish their routines, other clubs, activities and teams may return.

The health unit also said school bands may return but without wind or brass instruments.