COVID-19: Ontario reports under 3,000 new cases; Pharmacies in hot spots offering Moderna and Pfizer to people 18+
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Ontario reports less than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths
11 am Ontario is reporting 2,864 new cases of COVID-19 on May 8 as Peel Region confirms a higher single-day increase in new infections than Toronto, according to Ministry of Health data.
“Locally, there are 803 new cases in Peel, 684 in Toronto, 285 in York Region, 133 in Hamilton and 125 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
Today’s increase is lower than Friday’s 3,166 new infections – though yesterday’s data was underreported due to a technical issue – and down from the 3,369 cases confirmed last Saturday.
The province detected 3,424 new cases on Thursday, 2,941 on Wednesday and 2,791 on Tuesday. The seven-day average for new cases is 3,193, down from 3,618 a week ago.
Labs in the province processed more than 47,800 tests in the past day. The percent positivity rate is now 6.8 per cent compared with 7.3 per cent last Saturday.
COVID-19 has killed another 25 people in Ontario in the past day, including one person between the ages of 20 and 39 and four people between the ages of 40 and 59.
Daily new hospitalizations in Ontario have been declining. There are 1,832 COVID-19 patients in hospital, down by 92 since Friday, and 851 people in intensive care units – seven less than yesterday. Of the ICU patients, 588 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.
The reproductive number (or R), which represents the number of cases a single case will infect, is now below one at 0.92.
The total number of confirmed active cases in Ontario is 32,888.
The province also reached a new milestone in the vaccination campaign, with more than six million first doses given. As of 8 pm last night, Ontario had administered 6,023,610 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In Toronto, city officials anticipate that by the end of the weekend 50 per cent of adults age 18 or older will have received a first dose. To date, 1,379,532 shots have been administered in Toronto.
Ontario expands vaccine eligibility at pharmacies in hot spots
11 am Select pharmacies in Ontario hot spots are now offering Pfizer and Moderna to people age 18 and up.
The province updated eligibility on May 7, according to a post on the government’s website.
Some pharmacies in Peel Region and Toronto are offering the Pfizer vaccine as part of a pilot program at 78 pharmacies. Previously, people age 55 and up qualified to receive Pfizer at a pharmacy.
Moderna is available through a similar pilot program at 60 pharmacies in hot spots in Hamilton, Durham, Ottawa, Windsor and York Region.
Government officials have said Pfizer and Moderna vaccine supply will expand to more pharmacy locations throughout May as supply from the federal government continues ramping up.
People age 40 and up are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies.
New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on May 8
The following regions reported vie or more new COVID-19 cases:
Peel Region = 803
Toronto = 684
York Region = 285
Hamilton = 133
Durham Region = 125
Middlesex-London = 110
Ottawa = 107
Niagara Region = 105
Halton Region = 98
Region of Waterloo = 72
Simcoe Muskoka = 60
Windsor-Essex = 39
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 34
Southwestern = 31
Eastern Ontario = 23
Porcupine = 20
Haldimand-Norfolk = 20
Northwestern = 18
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 15
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 11
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 10
Huron Perth = 9
Hastings Prince Edward = 8
Thunder Bay = 7
Peterborough = 7
Lambton = 6
Chatham-Kent = 5
Brant County = 5