Ontario reports fewer than 450 new COVID-19 cases

The province logs 447 new infections and the seven-day average falls to 503

Ontario reported 447 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on June 14.

Labs in the province completed only 13,588 tests in the past day, the lowest number in more than a year. The positivity rate is now 2.8 per cent, which is down from 3.6 per cent this time last week when testing levels were also low – only 15,177 tests done.

The province confirmed 530 new cases on Sunday, 502 cases on Saturday, 574 on Friday, 590 on Thursday, 411 cases on Wednesday and 469 on Tuesday.

The seven-day average dropped to 503 compared with 735 last Monday. The last time the moving average for new infections was that low was late September, according to Ministry of Health data.

Four more people have died in the past day, bringing the provincial death toll to 8,961 since the pandemic started.

The number of confirmed active cases in the province also dropped, hitting 5,374. The province is reporting 384 COVID-19 patients in hospital. There are 409 people in intensive care, including 268 on ventilators. The number of hospital patients has also dropped in the past day.

“Locally, there are 110 new cases in Toronto, 61 in Peel, 56 in Waterloo, 39 in Porcupine and 29 in Durham,” health minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

Hamilton and York Region each reported 11 new cases and Halton Region logged nine more infections.

As of 8 pm last night, the province had administered 11,344,441 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 135,574 yesterday. To date, 15.8 per cent of eligible adults have been fully vaccinated and 75 per cent have received at least one dose.

Ontario must hit the goal of 20 per cent of eligible adults fully vaccinated to enter step two of the reopening plan.

Earlier today, the province expanded booking eligibility for second vaccine doses to people in hot spots for the fast-transmitting Delta variant, including Toronto and Peel, who also received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before May 9.

The interval for second doses for people who received a first shot of AstraZeneca also moved up from 12 to eight weeks with “informed consent” today. People who received AstraZeneca can choose to receive a second shot of AstraZeneca or a shot of Pfizer or Moderna as their second dose.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on June 14

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

Toronto = 110

Peel Region = 61

Waterloo = 56

Porcupine = 31

Durham Region = 29

Ottawa = 28

Niagara Region = 17

Middlesex-London = 14

Simcoe Muskoka = 11

York Region = 11

Hamilton = 11

Halton Region = 9

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 7

Windsor-Essex = 6

Thunder Bay = 5

Peterborough = 5

Grey Bruce = 5

Huron Perth = 5


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