Ontario reports 469 new COVID-19 cases, lowest daily increase since late September

Ontario is reporting 469 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as case counts continue to trend downward marking the fewest number of daily cases since late September. The provincial total now stands at 537,076.

Tuesday’s case count is the lowest daily increase since Sept. 26 when 435 new cases were reported. It is also the ninth straight day cases are below a thousand.

On Monday, there were 525 new cases with 663 on Sunday and 744 on Saturday.

According to Tuesday’s report, 182 cases were recorded in Toronto, 76 in Peel Region, 40 in Porcupine Health Unit, and 30 in Durham 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 8,887 as 18 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Monday, more than 10.2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 158,209 vaccines (70,684 for a first shot and 87,525 for a second shot) in the last day. There are now more than 1.1 million people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 520,811 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,010 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Tuesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 7,378 — down from the previous day when it was at 7,937, and is down from June 1 when it was at 11,689. 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 703, which is down from yesterday at 735, and is down from last week at 1,030. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,100.

The government said 17,579 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 14,160 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,424,428 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Tuesday was 2.7 per cent. That figure is down from Monday’s at 3.6 and is down from last week when it was at 3.6 per cent.

Ontario reported 621 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 74 from the previous day) with 390 patients in intensive care units (down by 19) and 305 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 34). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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