Ontario is reporting 299 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, however, officials said several cases from the count are from last year. The provincial case total now stands at 544,713.
“Due to a data review and clean-up, today’s numbers include 90 cases from 2020 that have been included in Toronto’s case count,” the ministry of health said.
According to Tuesday’s report, 130 cases were recorded in Toronto, 69 in Waterloo Region and 20 in Peel Region.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 9,154 as 25 more deaths were recorded. However, the ministry of health said about 19 deaths were from previous months and were included in Tuesday’s count.
As of 8 p.m. on Monday, more than 14.4 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked another new record increase of 265,231 vaccines (26,532 for a first shot and 238,699 for a second shot) in the last day.
There are more than 4.5 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 37.3 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 77.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, 533,150 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 371 from the previous day.
There were more resolved cases than new cases on Tuesday.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 2,409 — down from the previous day when it was at 2,506, and is down from June 22 when it was at 3,248. 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 278, which is the same as yesterday’s, but is down from last week at 334. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,100.
The government said 28,306 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 11,990 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,922,024 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.
Test positivity for Tuesday hit 1.6 per cent, a slight decrease from Monday’s when it was 1.8 per cent. Last week, test positivity was also 1.6 per cent.
Ontario reported 257 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 39 from the previous day) with 276 patients in intensive care units (down by 11) and 185 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by six). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.
More to come.
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