Ontario reports more than 4,200 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths

Ontario is reporting 4,212 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The provincial total now stands at 429,123.

Wednesday’s case count has jumped back into the 4,000s after Tuesday recorded 3,469 new cases, although more tests were processed. Prior to that, cases were above 4,000 for the last six days.

According to Wednesday’s report, 1,249 cases were recorded in Toronto, 771 in Peel Region, 386 in York Region, 276 in Hamilton, 214 in Durham Region and 201 in Niagara.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 200 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,789 as 32 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 378,417 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 88 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 4,204 from the previous day.

Ontario reported 2,335 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 25 from the previous day) with an all-time high of 790 patients in intensive care units (up by 17) and 566 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 29).

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 42,917 — down slightly from the previous day when it was at 42,941, but up from April 14 when it was at 36,808. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000.

The government said 51,877 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 32,119 tests awaiting results. A total of 13,668,503 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Wednesday was 7.9 per cent. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 10 per cent, and is down from last week when it was 8.6 per cent.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, a total of 4,131,882 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 136,695 vaccines in the last day, the most vaccines administered within a 24-hour period. There are 349,396 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.

— More to come.

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