Ontario is reporting 170 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the smallest daily increase in nearly 10 months. The provincial case total now stands at 545,973
Monday’s case count is the lowest since Sept. 10 when the same number of cases were logged. On Sept. 9 there were 140 new cases.
According to Monday’s report, 34 cases were recorded in Waterloo Region, 27 in Toronto, 18 in Grey Bruce and 13 in Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District.
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 9,215 as one more death was recorded.
As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, more than 15.7 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 144,795 vaccines (11,955 for a first shot and 132,840 for a second shot) in the last day.
There are more than 4.8 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 46.3 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 78.3 per cent.
Meanwhile, 534,791 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 233 from the previous day.
There were more resolved cases than new cases on Monday.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,967 — down from the previous day when it was at 2,031, and is down from June 28 when it was at 2,506. 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 268, which is down from yesterday’s at 278, and is down from last week at 316. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,100.
The government said 12,949 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 4,321 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,050,390 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.
Test positivity for Monday hit 1.3 per cent, the same as it was on Sunday. Last week, test positivity was at 1.8 per cent.
Ontario reported 155 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by three from the previous day) with 228 patients in intensive care units (down by seven) and 157 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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