Ontario reports 574 new COVID-19 cases and 4 additional deaths on Friday.
The province is reporting a test positivity rate of 2 percent for the third day in a row, up from 2.8 percent a week ago. It is tied for the lowest positivity rate since October.
In the last 24 hours, 28,949 tests were completed.
Locally, 109 new cases have been reported in Toronto, 84 in Peel, 79 in Waterloo, 51 in Porcupine and 31 in Hamilton.
There were another 850 resolved cases, reducing the number of active cases. Solved cases have surpassed new infections every day since mid-April.
There are now 489 hospitalized people in the province, of whom 440 are in the ICU. The number of hospitalizations from the week before is around 200 and ICU numbers have fallen by about 100 in the past week.
199,951 vaccine doses were given in the last 24 hour period. This is a new single-day record for vaccine doses administered across the province and there were more than 130,000 second doses.
As of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10,827,420 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given and 71.9 percent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, compared with 11.9 percent of residents has now been fully vaccinated.
Following calls from top doctors and health experts to accelerate second doses in hot spots, the province announced on Thursday Start accepting vaccine appointments for more residents on Monday Living in areas where the delta variant is prevalent.
Beginning June 14, anyone living in Toronto, Peel area, Halton, York area, Waterloo, Wellington-Duffrin-Guelph and Porcupine – regardless of postal code – who has received their first shot on or before May 9 , he is eligible to book the second dose. Appointment. This does not apply to people who got their first shot of AstraZeneca.
Residents will be able to book through their respective public health units’ booking websites or through the province’s online portal using select pharmacies.
The province released new COVID-19 projections on Thursday, showing improvements in several areas, as health officials point to second-dose vaccination as a solution to control and limit the spread of the delta variant.
The Science Advisory Table expects a decline in daily COVID-19 cases for the next 10 days, adding that as vaccination continues to ramp up, it will be important to monitor the variants for success and signs of serious infection.
is ontario entered phase 1 of its reopening plan, which means limited retail shopping and patio dining returns.
Phase 1 of the plan was tentatively slated for June 14, but with new daily coronavirus cases staying below 1,000 and vaccinations ramping up, provincial officials are on the way to kickstart the roadmap for reopening a few days earlier. agreed.
Health Minister Christine Elliott was asked on Thursday whether the government would move on to Phase 2 before a possible July 2 date, was non-committal and said it was too early to see an initial Phase 2.
The province has outlined that in Phase 2, 70 percent of Ontario adults will need a single dose and 20 percent to be fully immunized against the virus.