Ontario reports nearly 300 new COVID-19 cases as test positivity continues to drop

Ontario is reporting 296 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as test positivity hit its lowest point since late September. The provincial case total now stands at 531,278.

Thursday’s case count is the fourth straight day it’s below 300. On Wednesday, there were 255 new cases with 296 on Tuesday.

Test positivity for Thursday hit 1.1 per cent — the lowest test positivity since Sept. 25 when it was at 1 per cent. Yesterday, the province reported 1.2 per cent.

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According to Thursday’s report, 95 cases were recorded in Waterloo, 35 new cases in Toronto, 20 in Peel Region, 19 in Hamilton, 17 in Ottawa and 16 in Durham Region.  Waterloo once again surpasses Toronto and Peel accounting for one-third of the daily count.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,099 as six more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 13.3 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 225,188 vaccines (26,493 for a first shot and 198,695 for a second shot) in the last day.

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There are more than 3.5 million people fully vaccinated with two doses which is 29.1 per cent of the adult population. First dose adult coverage sits at 76.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, 531,278 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 384 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 2,938 — down from the previous day when it was at 3,032, and is down from June 17 when it was at 4,390. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 305, which is down from yesterday at 316, and is down from last week at 443. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,600.

The government said 29,514 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 11,294 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,809,936 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Ontario reported 284 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 11 from the previous day) with 300 patients in intensive care units (down by five) and 189 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by one). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

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— More to come.

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