Ontario reports 1,588 new COVID-19 cases, 2nd day in a row cases are below 2,000

Ontario is reporting 1,588 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The provincial total now stands at 514,690.

It is the lowest daily case count since late March and is the second straight day cases are below 2,000 since then as well. On Tuesday, 1,616 new cases were recorded and 2,170 on Monday.

According to Wednesday’s report, 524 cases were recorded in Toronto, 335 in Peel Region, 105 in Ottawa and 94 in York Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 90 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,525 as 19 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 482,749 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 93 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,119 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 23,416 — down from the previous day when it was at 24,966, and is down from May 12 when it was at 29,962. 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.

The seven-day average has now reached 2,183, which is down from yesterday at 2,287, and is down from last week at 2,826. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 4,300.

The government said 38,422 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 26,091 tests awaiting results. A total of 14,856,381 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Wednesday was 5.2 per cent. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 7.6 per cent, and is down from last week when it was 6.4 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,401 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 83 from the previous day) with 735 patients in intensive care units (down by 29) and 539 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 20). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 7.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 145,461 vaccines in the last day. There are 456,784 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

— More to come

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