Ontario reports more than 4,400 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

Ontario is reporting 4,447 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The provincial total now stands at 421,442.

Monday’s case count is higher than Sunday’s which saw 4,250 new infections. On Saturday, 4,350 new cases were recorded. It is also the sixth day in a row cases are above 4,000.

According to Monday’s report, 1,299 cases were recorded in Toronto, 926 in Peel Region, 577 in York Region, 233 in Ottawa, 227 in Hamilton, 205 in Durham Region and 203 in Niagara.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 200 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,735 as 19 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 370,844 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 88 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,153 from the previous day.

Ontario reported a record 2,202 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 95 from the previous day) with an all-time high of 755 patients in intensive care units (up by 14) and 516 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 10).

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 42,863 — up from the previous day when it was at 41,588, and up from April 12 when it was at 34,758. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000.

The government said 42,873 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 21,512 tests awaiting results. A total of 13,576,030 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Monday was 10.5 per cent, the highest so far between the second and third waves. That figure is up from Sunday’s at 9.2 per cent, and is up from last week when it was 9.5 per cent.

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As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, a total of 3,904,778 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 66,897 vaccines in the last day, the lowest number of vaccines administered in two weeks. There are 346,005 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.

— More to come.

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