Active cases, hospitalizations and ICU patients decline province-wide as Toronto reports nearly 1,200 new infections
11:35 am People age 18 and up living in 114 hot spot communities will be able book COVID-19 vaccine appointments at mass immunization sites at 8 am on May 3, the Ontario government said on Sunday.
In Toronto, the appointments can be booked through the provincial online booking system. Some other areas of the province take bookings through public health units that use their own booking systems.
On May 6 at 8 am, eligibility to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization site via the provincial system will expand to:
Priority groups who were only able to book through the provincial call centre will now also be able to book online, including people with the highest risk health conditions, child-care workers in licensed child-care settings and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.
Last week, government officials announced an accelerated timeline for vaccine eligibility that will see all adults eligible to book appointments at mass immunization sites by the week of May 24.
Read the full list of vaccine eligibility criteria here.
11:30 am Ontario is reporting 3,732 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths on May 2.
The province detected 3,369 new cases on Saturday, 3,887 on Friday and 3,871 on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average has dropped to 3,588, similar to rolling average levels of mid-April.
Ontario administered 76,685 doses of the vaccine in the past day, bringing the provincial total to 5,324,369 total doses administered and 375,280 people who are fully vaccinated.
The province completed just 45,301 tests in the past 24 hours, marking an 8.5 per cent positivity rate – down from 8.7 this time last week.
Active cases have decreased from 37,438 to 37,200, and hospitalizations have gone down as well from 2,152 to 1,961.
Patients in intensive care are down five, bringing the number to 895 patients. The number of patients breathing with the help of a ventilator dropped by 22 to 615.
“Locally, there are 1,198 new cases in Toronto, 797 in Peel, 306 in York Region, 237 in Hamilton and 232 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
Of the deaths reported today, three are between the ages of 40 and 59.
To date, there have been 470,465 total COVID-19 cases in Ontario and 8,102 deaths.
The majority of cases in the province are the B117 variant first detected in the UK. However, the number of P1 variant cases from Brazil is rising. The province confirmed another 103 P1 cases in the past day, bringing the total to 875 – double the number of cases from last weekend.
As of 8 pm last night, Ontario had administered 5,324,369 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 1,198
Peel = 797
York Region = 306
City of Hamilton = 237
Durham Region = 232
Ottawa = 180
Halton Region = 129
Niagara Region = 119
Simcoe Muskoka District = 102
Middlesex-London = 84
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 50
Windsor-Essex County = 46
Brant County = 44
Region of Waterloo = 33
Haldimand-Norfolk = 26
Eastern Ontario = 23
Lambton = 14
Renfrew County and District = 13
Northwestern = 12
Southwestern = 12
Peterborough = 11
Porcupine = 9
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 9
Hastings Prince Edward = 8
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District = 8
Chatham-Kent = 6