Ontario reports 2,400 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,400 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The provincial total now stands at 517,090.

Thursday’s case count has jumped back above 2,000 after the previous two days saw daily cases under that mark. However, the number of tests processed was higher than the last two days. On Wednesday, 1,588 new cases were recorded with 1,616 on Tuesday, and 2,170 on Monday.

According to Thursday’s report, 607 cases were recorded in Toronto, 528 in Peel Region, 224 in Hamilton, 181 in York Region, and 110 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 100 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,552 as 27 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 485,512 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,763 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 23,026 — down from the previous day when it was at 23,416, and is down from May 13 when it was at 29,235. 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 2,131, which is down from yesterday at 2,183, and is down from last week at 2,731. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 4,300.

The government said 45,406 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 20,642 tests awaiting results. A total of 14,901,787 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday was 5.2 per cent. That figure is the same as Wednesday’s at 5.2 per cent, but is down from last week when it was 5.7 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,320 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 81 from the previous day) with 721 patients in intensive care units (down by 14) and 493 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 46). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 7.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 144,986 vaccines in the last day. There are 473,759 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

— More to come.

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