Ontario reports under 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time in nearly 3 months

Ontario is reporting 916 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the first time the case count is fewer than 1,000 in almost three months. The provincial total now stands at 531,459.

Monday’s case count is also the lowest daily increase since mid-February (when 847 new cases were logged on Feb. 17). On Sunday, 1,033 new cases were recorded and 1,057 on Saturday.

According to Monday’s report, 226 cases were recorded in Toronto, 165 in Peel Region, 85 in York Region, 67 in Durham Region, 52 in Hamilton and 50 in Ottawa.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,757 as 13 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, more than 9 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of over 97,747 vaccines in the last day. There are more than 706,000 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 510,135 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 96 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,707 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Monday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 12,567 — down from the previous day when it was at 13,371, and is down from May 24 when it was at 20,038. 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.

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The government said 18,226 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 7,087 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,144,303 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Monday was 4.3 per cent. That figure is up slightly from Sunday’s at 4.2 per cent, but is down from last week when it was 6.4 per cent.

Ontario reported 731 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 18 from the previous day) with 617 patients in intensive care units (down by three) and 382 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 35). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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