Ontario reports 370 new COVID-19 cases

As the seven-day average and hospitalizations slowly decline, Premier Doug Ford says he will discuss moving into step two early

Ontario is reporting 370 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths on June 17.

The province confirmed 384 new infections on Wednesday, 296 on Tuesday, 447 new cases on Monday and 530 on Sunday. The seven-day moving average for new cases has dropped to 443, down from 617 last Wednesday.

Labs in the province completed 30,454 tests in the past day, making for a positivity rate of 1.3 per cent compared with two per cent this time last week.

With 635 recoveries in the past day, the total number of confirmed active cases in Ontario hit 4,390. Hospitalizations are slowly declining. There are now 397 patients in hospitals, including 362 in intensive care. Of those, 232 – or 64 per cent – are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Toronto Public Health continues to report single-day increases of fewer than 100 cases.

“Locally, there are 67 new cases in Toronto, 57 in Waterloo, 47 in Peel, 34 in Ottawa and 27 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

With seven more deaths confirmed in the past day, the province’s death toll now stands at 8,993.

According to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Table, the fast-spreading Delta variant now comprises nearly half of the province’s cases as of the week of June 17.

Ontario’s daily vaccine numbers are now crossing the 200,000 mark. As of 9 pm last night, the province had administered 11,943,025 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 210,611 yesterday.

To date, 76 per cent of eligible adults have received a first dose and 19.7 per cent of eligible adults are fully immunized.

In order for Ontario to move into step two of the reopening plan, 20 per cent of adults must have received two doses and 70 per cent must have one dose.

The positive signs in Ontario’s public health indicators and vaccine rollout has prompted business leaders to call for the province to move into step two of the plan earlier. On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford told reporters he would discuss a potential earlier reopening with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the health table.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on June 17

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

Toronto = 67

Waterloo = 47

Peel Region = 47

Ottawa = 34

York Region = 27

Porcupine = 17

Middlesex-London = 17

Durham Region = 13

Niagara Region = 10

Simcoe Muskoka = 9

Halton Region = 9

Hamilton = 8

Grey Bruce = 7

Brant County = 6

Huron Perth = 5


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