COVID-19: Ontario reports almost 3,500 cases, 26 deaths
The province's cases rise above the 3,400 mark after two days of daily counts below 3,000
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Ontario reports 3,424 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths
Ontario is reporting 3,424 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths on May 6 after two consecutive days of case counts under 3,000.
The province detected 2,941 new cases on Wednesday, 2,791 cases on Tuesday and 3,436 on Monday. Despite the increase back over 3,000 today, the seven-day rolling average is still on the decline, dropping from 3,432 on Wednesday to 3,369 today.
Ontario administered a record high 141,038 vaccine doses in the past day, bringing the provincial total to 5,740,761 total vaccine doses administered, including 384,589 people fully vaccinated.
The province completed 54,118 tests in the past 24 hours, marking a 6.8 per cent positivity rate according to Public Health Ontario.
Active cases are also declining, dropping from 34,976 on Wednesday to 34,377 today. Hospitalizations have decreased from 2,075 to 1,964 and patients in intensive care decreased by five to 877 patients. That includes 600 on ventilators – 20 fewer than the day before.
Of the deaths reported today, one was someone between the ages of 40 and 59.
While B117 still makes up the vast majority of cases in Ontario currently, the P1 variant of concern has also become more prominent, with 1,055 current confirmed cases across the province.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 483,057 total COVID-19 cases and 8,213 deaths.
Ontario expanded vaccine eligibility again today, allowing all people age 50 and up in the province to book appointments using the provincial system.
Other groups that can now book online today include high-risk workers who can’t work from home, including elementary and secondary school teachers, people with high-risk health conditions and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.
Yesterday, Toronto officials said city-run COVID-19 vaccine clinics were nearly booked solid through June 6. The city is opening up a new block of 60,000 appointments today for the week of June 7-13.
New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on May 6
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 958
Peel = 900
York Region = 291
Durham Region = 175
City of Hamilton = 155
Halton Region = 129
Niagara Region = 127
Ottawa = 108
Simcoe Muskoka District = 95
Middlesex-London = 89
Region of Waterloo = 63
Windsor-Essex County = 42
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 41
Haldimand-Norfolk = 29
Eastern Ontario = 23
Brant County = 23
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 20
Northwestern = 15
Southwestern = 15
Porcupine = 12
Sudbury & Districts = 11
Hastings Prince Edward = 11
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District = 10
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District = 10
Peterborough = 10
Huron Perth = 10
Thunder Bay District = 9
North Bay Parry Sound District = 8
Grey Bruce = 8
Lambton = 8
Renfrew County and District = 7
Chatham-Kent = 5