Pickering, Durham covid numbers on the rise


Published August 9, 2021 at 8:37 pm


It was not a good weekend for Covid-19 virus trackers in Durham Region as 51 new cases were reported over the past three days – including 41 on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday’s totals were back down to 10, which may or may not be a good sign for the future as the spectre of a fourth wave looms on the horizon.

Two of the new cases are in hospital, with one patient in ICU.

Pickering reported the highest number of cases, accounting for a third of the total, including ten in the city on Saturday. Pickering reported just one new case yesterday.

Scugog and Brock reported zero cases over the three days.

The total number of Delta variant cases now stands at 156, with eight considered active.

The rising numbers are coupled with declining rates of vaccinations as Durham and Ontario residents get complacent, thinking the pandemic is over.

Over the last few weeks, the rate at which Ontarians are getting vaccinated has slowed considerably.

As of yesterday the seven-day average for vaccinations per day is down to 50,347, and 46,970 doses were administered that day.

Just one week prior, on August 1, the seven-day average was 81,044.

Those under the age of 40 represent the lowest number of vaccinated residents in the province – three-quarters of those between the ages of 30 and 39 have received one dose, and just under two-thirds have received both.
Further, 72 per cent of Ontarians between the ages of 18 and 29 have received one dose and just 58 per cent have received both.
Despite a significant gap in time between when vaccines became available to them, those between the ages of 12 and 17 are nearly on par with the age group above them – 68 per cent have received one dose and 52 have received both.

The percentage of Durham residents who are fully vaccinated now stands at 69.7 per cent.

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