Ontario reports 1,446 new COVID-19 cases Victoria Day, just over 1,000 Tuesday


Ontario is reporting 1,446 new COVID-19 cases on Victoria Day Monday and 1,039 on Tuesday. The provincial total now stands at 524,950.

The province released two sets of data due to the holiday.

Tuesday’s case count is the lowest daily increase since March 6, as daily cases continue to trend downwards. Although testing volumes were well below normal over the last two days relative to daily totals, test positivity remained at a level seen over the last two weeks.

According to Monday’s report, 325 cases were recorded in Toronto, 393 in Peel Region, 97 in York Region and 78 in Durham Region.

According to Tuesday’s report, 387 cases were recorded in Toronto, 231 in Peel Region, 77 in York Region and 60 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 60 new cases in the provincial report.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 8,655 as eight deaths were recorded on Monday and 33 more deaths on Tuesday.

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As of 8 p.m. on Monday, more than 8.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were  administered. That marked an increase of 99,108 and 86,927 vaccines, respectively, in the last two days. There are 544,288 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 497,269 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,072 from Monday 2,018 from Tuesday.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on both Monday and Tuesday.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 19,026 — down from the previous day when it was at 20,038, and is down from May 18 when it was at 24,966. 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 government said 16,857 tests were processed for Tuesday’s report, and 20,151 tests for Monday’s. There is currently a backlog of 7,450 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,041,724 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Tuesday was 6.2 per cent. That figure is slightly down up from Monday’s at 6.4 per cent, and is down from last week when it was 7.6 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,025 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 42 from the previous day) with 692 patients in intensive care units (up by five) and 498 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 20). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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