Ontario reports nearly 1,100 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,095 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The provincial total now stands at 526,045.

Wednesday’s case count is slightly up from Tuesday which saw 1,039 new infections but case counts over the last couple weeks continue to trend downwards. On Monday, 1,446 new cases were recorded and 1,691 on Sunday.

According to Wednesday’s report, 257 cases were recorded in Toronto, 215 in Peel Region, 224 in Hamilton, 123 in Durham Region and 101 in York Region. Toronto and Peel Region continue to see a significant drop daily in new cases.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 100 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,678 as 23 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 8.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 135,308 vaccines in the last day. There are 569,317 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 499,640 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 95 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,371 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

The seven-day average has now reached 1,622, which is down from yesterday at 1,693, and is down from last week at 2,183. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,900.

The government said 24,008 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 18,518 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,065,732 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Wednesday was 5.3 per cent. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 6.2 per cent, but is up from last week when it was 5.2 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,073 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 48 from the previous day) with 672 patients in intensive care units (down by 20) and 469 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 29). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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