Ontario reports 345 new cases of COVID-19

The seven-day average drops to 411 and the province hits another vaccination milestone

Ontario is reporting 345 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on June 18.

The province logged 370 cases on Thursday, 384 on Wednesday, 296 on Tuesday and 447 new cases on Monday. The seven-day average has dropped to 411, down from 568 a week ago.

Toronto reported a single-day increase of 50 new cases, as did Peel Region. Toronto’s case rate per 100,000 people is now 1.83 compared with 3.99 last Friday.

“Locally, there are 85 new cases in Waterloo, 50 in Toronto, 50 in Peel, 29 in Hamilton and 22 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

Medical labs processed 26,643 tests in the past 24 hours, making for a positivity rate of 1.4 per cent. The rate is down from two per cent this time last week, according to Ministry of Health data.

With 624 more recoveries confirmed in the past day, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Ontario is 4,110. There are 378 patients in hospital, a drop of 19 since yesterday. The number of intensive care unit patients is 352, including 221 – or 63 per cent – who are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The virus killed one person in the past day, bringing the provincial death toll to 8,994. To date, there have been 541,525 confirmed cases in Ontario since the pandemic began.

As of 8 pm last night, Ontario had administered 12,153,663 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including a record 210,638 shots yesterday.

More than 21 per cent of eligible adults are now fully immunized and 76 per cent have received one dose. In order for Ontario to move into step two of the reopening plan, 20 per cent of eligible adults must have received two shots.

On Thursday, the province announced a further expansion of the booking eligibility for second doses and added three more regions to the list of hot spots where the fast-transmitting Delta variant is a concern.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on June 18

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

Waterloo = 85

Toronto = 50

Peel Region = 50

Hamilton = 29

York Region = 22

Porcupine = 16

Niagara Region = 13

Durham Region = 12

Ottawa = 9

North Bay Parry Sound = 8

Simcoe Muskoka = 7

Halton Region = 7

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 7

Eastern Ontario = 5


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