Ontario reports 153 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths


Ontario is reporting 153 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the sixth straight day cases are below 200. The provincial case total now stands at 547,562.

According to Wednesday’s report, 43 cases were recorded in Toronto, 36 in Waterloo Region, 13 in Peel Region, 11 in Hamilton and 10 in Middlesex-London.

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 9,265 as seven more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 17.4 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 179,197 vaccines (19,676 for a first shot and 159,521 for a second shot) in the last day.

There are more than 7.2 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 58.4 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 79.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, 536,819 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 216 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,478 — down from the previous day when it was at 1,548, and is down from July 7 when it was at 1,841. 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 164, which is down from yesterday’s at 170, and is down from last week at 216. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 500.

The government said 29,085 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 13,534 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,221,898 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Wednesday hit 0.6 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 0.9 per cent.

Ontario reported 174 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by one from the previous day) with 180 patients in intensive care units (down by 12) and 116 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by seven). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

More to come.

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