Ontario reports 146 new COVID-19 cases as more than 7 million Ontarians fully vaccinated

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Ontario is reporting 146 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the fifth straight day cases are below 200. The provincial case total now stands at 547,409.

On Monday, there were 114 cases with 166 on Sunday and 179 on Saturday.

According to Tuesday’s report, 43 cases were recorded in Toronto, 36 in Waterloo Region, 13 in Peel Region, 11 in Hamilton and 10 in Middlesex-London.

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 9,258 as seven more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Monday, more than 17.1 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of 176,834 vaccines (19,100 for a first shot and 157,734 for a second shot) in the last day.

There are more than 7.1 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 57.2 per cent of the adult (18+) population. First dose adult coverage stands at 79.4 per cent.

Meanwhile, 536,603 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 201 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Tuesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1548 — down from the previous day when it was at 1,610, and is down from July 6 when it was at 1,883. 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 170, which is down from yesterday’s at 184, and is down from last week at 215. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 500.

The government said 17,489 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 140,23 tests awaiting results. A total of 16,221,898 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Tuesday hit 0.8 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 0.9 per cent.

Ontario reported 173 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 31 from the previous day) with 192 patients in intensive care units (down by 12) and 123 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (unchanged). Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

More to come.

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