Ontario reports 114 new COVID cases

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NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OTTAWA AND ONTARIO

Four days out from its move into the next stage of reopening, Ontario reported 114 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

The seven-day average for daily cases across the province is now 184 – down from 223 one week ago.

In terms of active cases, the hardest-hit regions are Waterloo (49 active cases per 100,000 people), Grey Bruce (44 per 100,000), Porcupine (25), Peterborough (22) and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (20). Ottawa, comparatively, has four active cases per 100,000, according to provincial reporting.

Aside from one new case logged in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, the case totals for all health unit regions in eastern Ontario were unchanged in the last day.

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Ottawa Public Health Monday, an exhilarating pandemic milestone. Furthermore, no additional deaths were logged in the previous 24 hours.

There are two Ottawans currently hospitalized with COVID-19, none in ICU, 35 active cases across the city, and two ongoing outbreaks — one involving four resident cases at a shelter, and one involving two resident cases at a group home.

According to the latest OPH data, 81 per cent of Ottawa’s adult population has at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 57 per cent is fully vaccinated.

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No additional COVID-19 deaths were logged provincially, while the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units sits at 155, down from 170 a week ago. The latest ICU figure rises to 204, if you include those no longer testing positive.

More than 79 per cent of Ontario adults have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while just over 56 per cent are fully vaccinated, according to provincial reporting Monday morning.

The Ontario government is moving the entire province into “Step 3” of its phased reopening plan on Friday, a decision justified by continued improvement in the COVID situation in Ontario, and the level of vaccine protection.

Step 3 means the return of indoor dining and fitness facilities; museums, movies theatres and other indoor venues with capacity limits; permission for larger social gatherings indoors, and more.

Physical distancing will remain part of the pandemic rules under Step 3, as will masking for indoor public settings and some outdoor ones, too.

THE LATEST COVID-19 NEWS IN CANADA

Canada is expecting vaccine shipments to keep rolling in this week as the country inches closer to matching the percentage of people in the United States fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The federal government expects another 1.4 million doses of the shot from Pfizer-BioNTech to arrive in the next seven days.

It also plans to distribute the 1.5 million doses from Moderna that came in last Friday.

By the end of the week, Canadian officials expect to have received a total of more than 55 million doses including the latest shipments, though those figures may change.

The federal government has promised that it would reach 68 million shots delivered by the end of July and says it’s still on track to hit that target.

To date, around 42.7 per cent of eligible Canadian residents have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, giving them full protection against the virus.

The figures come courtesy of COVID-19 Tracker, a volunteer-run project that relies on data from provincial and territorial governments.

The U.S.’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data tracker lists 48 per cent of that country’s population as being fully immunized.

Meanwhile, the federal government is donating 17.7 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and is asking Canadians to give their own money to help other countries get needles into arms.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says after talking to provinces, these COVID-19 doses were determined to be excess supply, as demand for this vaccine had been met.

She says the AstraZeneca doses to be donated were supposed to flow into Canada through an advanced purchase agreement and be produced in the United States.

Anand says the shots will be made available to lower-income countries through the global-vaccine sharing alliance COVAX. The timing is still being worked out.

The Liberal government also announced it would match donations Canadians make to a UNICEF fundraising campaign called “Give a Vax,” for a contribution of up to $10 million.

David Morley, the head of UNICEF Canada, says the money raised will pay for transportation and some of the other logistical needs required to deliver vaccines to people.

International Development Minister Karina Gould says she’s heard Canadians want to help be part of the global COVID-19 vaccination effort.

QUEBEC COVID-19 NEWS

Starting Monday, COVID-19 capacity limits no longer apply in retail stores in Quebec, and the standard for physical distancing is down to one metre from two, both indoors and out.

Two metres of physical distance between people will still be required in gyms and places of worship if people are talking or singing.

Quebec reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell to 88, a low not seen since March 2020. There were 25 COVID-19 patients in ICU across the province. No additional deaths were reported.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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