Ontario is reporting 184 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, marking the first time the case count is below 200 in nearly nine months. The provincial case total now stands at 544,897.

The last time daily cases dipped below 200 was on Sept. 10 when 170 new cases were reported.

According to Wednesday’s report, 46 cases were recorded in Waterloo Region, 19 in Grey Bruce, 17 each in both Toronto and Hamilton and 16 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 9,168 as 14 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 14.4 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked another new record increase of 268,397 vaccines (23,696for a first shot and 244,701 for a second shot) in the last day.

There are more than 4.8 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 39.2 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 77.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, 533,472 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 322 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 2,257 — down from the previous day when it was at 2,409, and is down from June 23 when it was at 3,032. 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 268, which is down from yesterday’s at 278, and is down from last week at 316. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,100.

The government said 27,258 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 11,704 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,949,282 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Wednesday hit 1 per cent, the last time it was that low was on Sept. 25 when it was also at 1 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 1.2 per cent.

Ontario reported 251 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by six from the previous day) with 271 patients in intensive care units (down by five) and 181 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by four). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

More to come.

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