COVID-19: Ontario reports just over 1,600 new cases

The province reports the lowest single-day increase in new cases since March 24


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Ontario reports 1,616 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

10:20 pm The province reported 1,616 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 more deaths on May 18.

Today’s count is the lowest daily increase in new infections since March 24 at the onset of the third wave. The stay-at-home order took effect on April 8 and is now set to expire on June 2.

The province detected 2,170 new cases on Monday, 2,199 on Sunday, 2,584 on Saturday and 2,362 on Friday. The seven-day average for new infections has dropped to 2,287 compared with 2,914 a week ago, according to Ministry of Health data.

“Locally, there are 472 new cases in Toronto, 360 in Peel, 116 in York Region, 114 in Hamilton and 102 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

Labs in the province completed over 22,900 tests, making for a positivity rate of 7.6 per cent, which is down from 8.5 per cent last Tuesday.

Of the 17 deaths reported today, one was a long-term care home resident and one was between the ages of 40 and 59.

Hospitalizations rose by 164 to 1,484 in the past day. There are 764 patients in intensive care units, including 559 on ventilators. There were 1,782 patients in hospital a week ago.

Another 2,502 cases resolved in the past day, bringing the total number of confirmed active cases in the province to 24,966.

As of 8 pm yesterday, 7,286,177 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. The province expanded eligibility to book vaccines online to all adults age 18 and up effective at 8 am this morning.


New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on May 18

The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:

Toronto = 472

Peel Region = 360

York Region = 116

Hamilton = 114

Durham Region = 112

Region of Waterloo = 75

Halton Region = 60

Ottawa = 56

Niagara Region = 47

Middlesex-London = 39

Simcoe Muskoka = 38

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 20

Brant County = 19

North Bay Parry Sound = 18

Windsor-Essex = 14

Hastings Prince Edward = 13

Eastern Ontario = 9

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 9

Haldimand-Norfolk = 8

Porcupine = 7

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 6

Southwestern = 6

Peterborough = 5

Chatham-Kent = 5

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