Ontario reports 143 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 143 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the seventh straight day cases are below 200. The provincial case total now stands at 547,705.

According to Thursday’s report, 25 cases were recorded in both Waterloo Region and Grey Bruce with 20 in Toronto.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 10 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,275 as 10 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 17.6 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 166,201 vaccines (19,803 for a first shot and 146,398 for a second shot) in the last day.

There are more than 7.2 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 59.5 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 79.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, 536,987 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 168 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,443 — down from the previous day when it was at 1,478, and is down from July 8 when it was at 1,816. 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 155, which is down from yesterday’s at 164, and is down from last week at 206. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 400.

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The government said 31,329 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 12,433 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,282,312 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday hit 0.5 per cent, the lowest seen since late August. Last week, test positivity was at 0.8 per cent.

Ontario reported 165 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by nine from the previous day) with 168 patients in intensive care units (down by 12) and 114 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by two). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

More to come.

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