Ontario is reporting 183 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as case counts continue to hover above and below the 200 mark. The provincial case total now stands at 546,804.

On Thursday there were 210 cases reported with 194 on Wednesday and 244 on Tuesday.

According to Friday’s report, 50 cases were recorded in Waterloo, 24 each in both Peel Region and Grey Bruce, 22 in Toronto and 10 in Halton Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 10 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,237 as nine more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, more than 16.6 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 224,864 vaccines (21,810 for a first shot and 203,054 for a second shot) in the last day.

There are more than 6.5 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 52.7 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 78.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, 535,810 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 233 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Friday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,757— down from the previous day when it was at 1,816, and is down from July 2 when it was at 2,175. 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.

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The seven-day average has now reached 203, which is down from yesterday’s at 206, and is down from last week at 259. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 600.

The government said 26,101 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 9,714 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,145,130 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Friday hit 0.7 per cent, which is the lowest seen since early September. Last week, test positivity was at 0.9 per cent.

Ontario reported 189 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by five from the previous day) with 202 patients in intensive care units (down by 13) and 143 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by two). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

More to come.

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