Ontario reports 355 new COVID-19 cases, death toll hits 9,000

The seven-day average drops below 400 and the provincial death toll surpasses another milestone

Ontario is reporting 355 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths on June 19. Today’s deaths have taken the provincial death toll past the 9,000 mark.

Since the pandemic began, the virus has killed 9,007 people in the province.

The seven-day moving average for new has dropped below 400, reaching 390 compared with 411 yesterday and 533 a week ago. Ontario logged 345 new infections on Friday, 370 on Thursday, 384 on Wednesday, 296 on Tuesday and 447 new cases on Monday.

With another 581 cases considered resolved, the total number of confirmed active cases is now 3,871. That includes 336 hospital patients – 42 fewer than yesterday. Of those, 335 are in intensive care units and 221 – or 66 per cent – are on ventilators.

“Locally, there are 58 new cases in Toronto, 54 in the Region of Waterloo, 45 in Peel, 23 in Hamilton and 22 in the Porcupine Health Unit region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

Labs in the province completed 25,368 tests in the past day. The percentage positivity rate is holding steady at 1.4 per cent but is down from 2.1 per cent last Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health.

As of 8 pm last night, Ontario had administered a total of 12,366,899 doses COVID-19 vaccines, including 213,236 yesterday – another daily record.

The province has now reached the vaccination targets required to move into step two of the reopening plan. To date, 75.81 per cent of adults have received one vaccine shot and 22.42 per cent are fully immunized.

Under step two of the provincial reopening plan, outdoor gathering limits will be increased to 25, indoor gatherings of five people will be allowed and hair salons and other personal services can resume. The province’s vaccination targets for step two are 20 per cent of adults fully vaccinated and 70 per cent of adults with one shot.

As of Saturday morning, the city of Toronto reached its own vaccination milestones. Seventy-five per cent of adults in the city have had one shot and 25 per cent are fully immunized, Mayor John Tory said on social media.

Overall, 65.7 per cent of eligible Toronto residents have had one shot and 20.7 per cent have had two doses.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on June 19

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

Toronto = 58

Waterloo = 54

Peel Region = 45

Hamilton = 23

Porcupine = 22

York Region = 18

Ottawa = 16

Durham Region = 16

Halton Region = 16

North Bay Parry Sound = 14

Windsor-Essex = 14

Niagara Region = 9

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 9

Brant County = 6

Simcoe Muskoka = 5

Grey Bruce = 5

Middlesex-London = 5


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