Ontario reports 384 new COVID cases Wednesday

Ontario reports 384 new COVID cases Wednesday

Ontario health officials are reporting just over 350 new COVID-19 cases as the positivity rate in the province continues to drop. On Tuesday, officials marked the lowest daily total since September 17 with 293 infections.

The last time the province recorded a positivity rate of 1.3 per cent was on October 2, before the peak of the second and third waves.

There were 17,162 tests completed in the last 24-hour period.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 67 new cases in Toronto, 57 in Waterloo, and 47 in Peel Region.

There were another 635 resolved cases, dropping the active case count once again.

The province confirmed 370 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, which marks a slight drop from the 384 reported the day before.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 540,810 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 527,162 recoveries and 8,986 deaths.

There are 377 patients in intensive care units because of COVID-19 (69 of those people no longer test positive for COVID-19) and 242 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 244 reported yesterday). Hospitalizations are down almost 200 since one week ago and ICU numbers have dropped almost 100 in the last week.

There were 210,611 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, 11,529,430 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 73.4 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, while 15.8 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated.

As of last night, more than two million Ontarians, or roughly 16.8 per cent of adults, had gotten both doses. Given the current trajectory of second doses - which have begun to outpace doses being used for first shots - Ontario could reach the target by the end of this week.

The expanded eligibility in the province includes residents in Delta variant hot spots and a shorter interval for first dose AstraZeneca recipients - down to eight weeks from 12.

She says there are also 34 new cases in Ottawa and 27 in York Region.

Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 2,103 cases, weekly rate of 6 cases per 100,000 people.

The average of daily new admissions to ICUs has also decreased substantially, according to Critical Care Services Ontario, a government agency that compiles a daily report for hospitals and health organizations.

That's a 0.1 per cent increase in total cases since Monday. The variant, also known as B.1.617, was first identified in India.

Catton urged residents to restrict their interactions and continue to follow public health measures.

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