COVID-19: Ontario opens vaccine eligibility to all people 18+; Province reports 2,170 new cases
All adults in the province can book appointments as of May 18 at 8 am
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Ontario reports 2,170 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths
12 pm Ontario is reporting a daily increase of 2,170 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths on May 17.
Today’s count is down slightly from the 2,199 cases confirmed on Sunday. The province detected 2,584 new cases on Saturday, 2,362 on Friday and 2,759. The seven-day average for new infections has dropped to 2,352. The average was 3,017 a week ago.
Labs in the province completed nearly 24,500 tests, making for a positivity rate of 7.9 per cent, which is up from 6.8 per cent on Sunday but down from 9.1 per cent last Monday.
“Locally, there are 566 new cases in Toronto, 556 in Peel, 215 in York Region, 120 in Durham and 101 in Hamilton,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said today.
Today’s death toll is the lowest in two months. One person who died in the past day was between the ages of 40 and 59.
Hospitalizations jumped by 28 to 1,320. Of those, 778 people are in intensive care units including 491 on ventilators. Hospitalization numbers maybe under-reported as some hospitals do not submit data to the Ministry of Health on Monday mornings.
Another 2,953 cases resolved in the past day. The total number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Ontario is now 25,869.
All adults in Ontario can book a vaccine appointment starting on May 18
9 am All people in Ontario aged 18 and up will be able to book a vaccination appointment at mass immunization clinics earlier than expected.
The province said in a statement on Monday morning it is expanding booking eligibility to all adults a week ahead of schedule based on an increase in vaccine supply.
All people 18+, including people 17 turning 18 in 2021, will be eligible to book a vaccination appointment using the provincial system or local public health systems as of May 18 at 8 am. People who are 17 are only able to book appointments for the Pfizer vaccine.
“The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in youth aged 12 and over,” reads a statement. “The provincial booking system will note which clinics are not offering vaccines for those who are 17 years old.”
The government said 2.2 million vaccine doses will arrive this week.
Previously, people 18+ have only been eligible to book vaccine appointments if they live in 114 hot spot areas.
Also on May 18, public health units can choose to vaccination people aged 12 and over via pop-ups and mobile clinics, as well as at walk-in appointments where the Pfizer is being offered. This includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis clinics that offer Pfizer.
Ontario is working to ensure youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age can book appointment through the provincial booking system in the week of May 31. There will also be dedicated clinic times for youth during the weeks of June 14 and 21.
As of 8 pm last night, the province had administered more than 7.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Ontario expects to receive approximately 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in May and around 4.7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in June.
New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on May 17
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 566
Peel Region = 556
York Region = 215
Durham Region = 120
Hamilton = 101
Halton Region = 91
Ottawa = 90
Region of Waterloo = 75
Simcoe Muskoka = 59
Niagara Region = 59
Windsor-Essex = 32
Middlesex-London = 30
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 21
Porcupine = 20
Peterborough = 20
Brant County = 17
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 16
Southwestern = 13
Lambton = 11
Eastern Ontario = 10
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 10
Sudbury & Districts = 7
Renfrew County and District = 7
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark = 5
Grey Bruce = 5