Ontario reports 1,890 new COVID-19 cases as province hits daily high of 158K vaccinations

Ontario is reporting 1,890 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The provincial total now stands at 518,980.

Friday’s case count has dipped back below 2,000 after Thursday saw 2,400 new cases. On Wednesday, 1,588 new cases were recorded and 1,616 on Tuesday,

According to Friday’s report, 469 cases were recorded in Toronto, 468 in Peel Region, 165 in York Region, 111 in Hamilton and 107 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 100 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,579 as 27 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, more than 7.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 158,524 vaccines in the last day, a new daily record for vaccinations. There are 495,757 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 488,201 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,689 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Friday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 22,200 — down from the previous day when it was at 23,026, and is down from May 14 when it was at 28,069. 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 seven-day average has now reached 2,064, which is down from yesterday at 2,131, and is down from last week at 2,616. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 4,300.

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The government said 37,126 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 19.891 tests awaiting results. A total of 14,938,913 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Friday was 5.4 per cent. That figure is slightly up from Thursday’s at 5.2 per cent, but is down from last week when it was 6.1 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,265 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 55 from the previous day) with 715 patients in intensive care units (down by six) and 510 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 17). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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