Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases

  • Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases

Public Health Ontario has reported 370 new COVID-19 cases in its latest report (June 17). The weekly average of daily new cases in Hamilton (24) is the lowest its been since October. The measure peaked in Ontario at almost 4,400 in April.

The province reported 30,454 tests were processed yesterday, resulting in a 1.3 per cent positivity rate. During the height of the third wave of the pandemic, there were almost 43,000 active cases in the province. That means the figure does not necessarily reflect the real number of people who are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 1,357 active cases in the community and 139 being treated in hospital, including 39 people in intensive care. At its height, about 420 patients were in ICUs and 315 or so people were on ventilators. The health unit has reported 397 cases.

Since yesterday's update, there have been 28 new hospitalizations, and six more COVID patients admitted to intensive care units. As TVO.org has reported, experts cite a number of concerns in apartment buildings, from close quarters living to airflow between units.

Ontario's rolling seven-day average now stands at 443, down from 618 at this point last week.

Ontario has administered 11,529,430 vaccine doses (184,989 more than Monday), 2,037,751 fully vaccinated. Hospitalizations are down almost 200 since one week ago and ICU numbers have dropped almost 100 in the last week.

Another key benchmark is at least 20 per cent of adults fully immunized against the illness. As of Monday, people who received a dose of Pfizer or Moderna before May 9 are eligible for an accelerated second dose, and the interval after AstraZeneca as a first dose has shortened to eight weeks.

As of last night, more than two million Ontarians, or roughly 16.8 per cent of adults, had gotten both doses.

She says there are also 34 new cases in Ottawa and 27 in York Region. It is the lowest positivity rate reported since October 2.

Thursday's report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 541,180, including deaths and recoveries.

The province confirmed an additional 366 new cases of B.1.1.7, first found in the United Kingdom, on Thursday.

Toronto is now offering in-home second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to homebound residents as vaccinations ramp up across the city.

The alpha variant fuelled the third wave of the pandemic in Ontario.

Catton is urging residents to restrict their interactions and continue to follow public health measures.

"We need to see a more sustained pattern that is really solid before making any considerations", she told a news conference.