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COVID-19 cases up by 5

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Five more Algoma District residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Four caught novel coronavirus via close contact and it’s unknown how the other individual contracted the virus, Algoma Public Health reported early Tuesday evening.

All are self-isolating.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 453 since March 2020. Eighteen cases are active and 117 have screened positive for variants of concern.

There are currently no COVID-19 hospitalizations. There have been seven deaths in Algoma District.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 577 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and six more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 452 cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Elliott says 363 people are hospitalized with the virus, 38 are fully vaccinated.

She says 192 people are in intensive care because of the illness, 183 of them are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

The Ministry of Health says that nearly 84.5 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 78.2 per cent have two doses.

A total of 21.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the province.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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