COVID-19: 270 new cases and 3 deaths in Ontario | Coronavirus: Ontario

COVID-19: 270 new cases and 3 deaths in Ontario | Coronavirus: Ontario
COVID-19: 270 new cases and 3 deaths in Ontario | Coronavirus: Ontario

Public Health Ontario confirms 270 new cases and 3 deaths on Monday.

This is the first time since June 15 that the province has recorded fewer than 300 cases in one day. It is also the lowest number of new cases since September 15, 2020.

There are 47 new cases in Toronto on Monday, 44 in Waterloo region, 42 in Peel region, 22 in York region, 12 in Ottawa and 12 in Niagara region.

The average number of new cases per day in Ontario is 334, up from 503 a week ago.

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Hospitalizations

There are 5 fewer hospitalizations, for a total of 261.

The number of intensive care patients is 323 (-10).

There are 202 ventilator patients (-6).

Vaccination

Ontario administered 118,625 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, which is well below the average for the past few days.

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As of Monday morning, Ontarians who had a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna on May 9 can make an appointment for a second, accelerated dose.

Meanwhile, Toronto is looking to set a new vaccination record on Sunday with a temporary immunization center at the Scotiabank Arena.

Public health is warning Ontarians that mass immunization centers will mostly use Moderna’s vaccine rather than Pfizer’s over the next few weeks, due to delivery delays. The authorities assure that the two vaccines are safe and interchangeable.

University of Toronto epidemiologist and professor Jeff Kwong urges Ontarians not to delay their appointments to get Pfizer’s vaccine. We must not lose the momentum we have in terms of vaccination, he says on Twitter.

Same story from Dr. Zain Chagla, infectious disease specialist at St-Joseph Hospital in Hamilton. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are interchangeable, he assures.

Screening

Just over 13,800 drug tests have been performed in the past 24 hours.

The test positivity rate is 2.5%, slightly higher than in the past few days.

Since the start of the pandemic, 542,468 cases of COVID-19 and 9,022 deaths have been recorded in Ontario.

 
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