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The province confirms fewer than 300 new infections for a second straight day
Ontario is reporting fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases for a second straight day on June 22.
The count is up from the 270 new infections confirmed on Monday and is the same as the number of new cases reported this time last week. The seven-day average for new cases is 334, down from 479 last Tuesday.
However, today’s case numbers include 80 cases from 2020 in Toronto Public Health’s case count, as well as 54 deaths from previous months due to a “data review and data cleaning initiative,” the Ministry of Health said.
There were six more deaths in the past day. Combined with the 54 from the data review, the province is reporting 60 deaths today, bringing the overall death toll to 9,082.
Labs in the province processed 16,784 tests in the past day, making for a positivity rate of 1.6 per cent compared with 2.3 per cent a week ago.
There are now 3,248 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in the province, down from 5,012 last Tuesday. There are now 334 patients in hospital, including 314 in intensive care units. Of those, 202 – or 64 per cent – are breathing with the help of a ventilator.
“Locally, there are 123 new cases in Toronto, 61 in the Region of Waterloo, 37 in York Region and 20 in Peel Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
Another 29 cases of the fast-spreading Delta variant have been detected since yesterday, according the Ministry of Health. The Toronto Western Hospital has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on a sixth-floor unit on June 17. As of this morning, the outbreak had affected four patients and four staff members.
As 8 pm last night, the province had administered 12,869,310 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 199,535 yesterday. To date, more than 76 per cent of eligible adults in Ontario have had one dose and more than 25 per cent have had two doses.
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 123
Waterloo = 61
York Region = 20
Peel Region = 20
Ottawa = 11
Hamilton = 11
Porcupine = 5
Halton Region = 5
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 5