Ontario reports 590 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Ontario is reporting 590 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The provincial total now stands at 538,077.

Thursday’s case count is a slight increase from the previous day. However, test positivity was the same as it was yesterday. It is also the 11th straight day cases are below 1,000.

On Wednesday, there were 411 new cases, with 469 on Tuesday and 525 on Monday.

According to Thursday’s report, 114 cases were recorded in Toronto, 130 in Peel Region, 61 in Waterloo, 38 in Hamilton, and 32 in York Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 30 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,931 as 11 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 10.6 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 182,350 vaccines (65,250 for a first shot and 117,100 for a second shot) in the last day. There are now nearly 1.4 million people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 522,682 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 939 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 6,464— down from the previous day when it was at 6,824, and is down from June 3 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 617, which is down from yesterday at 657, and is down from last week at 940. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,000.

The government said 31,423 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 12,428 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,486,313 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday was 2.0 per cent. That figure is the same as Wednesday’s at 2.0 per cent and is down from last week when it was at 2.8 per cent.

Ontario reported 516 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 55 from the previous day) with 371 patients in intensive care units (down by 12) and 219 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 23). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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