Ontario reports 411 new COVID-19 cases, daily case count lowest since late September


Ontario is reporting 411 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as case counts continue to trend downward, marking the fewest number of daily cases since late September. The provincial total now stands at 537,487.

Tuesday’s case count is the smallest increase since Sept. 25 when 409 new cases were reported. It is also the tenth straight day cases are below a thousand.

On Tuesday, there were 469 new cases, with 525 on Monday, and 663 on Sunday.

According to Wednesday’s report, 97 cases were recorded in Toronto, 72 in Peel Region, 35 in Waterloo, 26 in York Region, and 25 in Hamilton.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 25 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,920 as 33 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 10.4 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 177,506 vaccines (69,160 for a first shot and 108,346 for a second shot) in the last day. There are now more than 1.2 million people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 521,743 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 932 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 6,824 — down from the previous day when it was at 7,378, and is down from June 2 when it was at 10,664. 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 657, which is down from yesterday at 703, and is down from last week at 978. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,100.

The government said 30,456 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 15,135 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,454,884 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Wednesday was 2.0 per cent — the lowest it’s been since Oct. 7 when it hit 1.9 per cent. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 2.7 per cent and is down from last week when it was at 2.8 per cent.

Ontario reported 571 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 50 from the previous day) with 390 patients in intensive care units (down by seven) and 314 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by nine). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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