Ontario reported an average of 424 new COVID-19 cases, with two deaths in the last two days, on Monday and Tuesday.
Due to the vacation, COVID-19 case data was not given on Monday, but provincial health officials reported Tuesday that 458 new cases were confirmed yesterday and 390 new cases were logged today. The daily case count in Ontario has dropped below 400 for the first time in over two months.
The province recorded 511 new COVID-19 illnesses on Monday, with 429 confirmed on Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases is now 525, down from 576 one week ago.
The province reported 66 new cases in Toronto today, 65 in York Region, and 62 in Peel Region.
Of the new cases confirmed today, 130, or 33 per cent, involved fully immunized individuals, and on Sunday, 125, or 27 per cent, were in people who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
About 87 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82 per cent are fully vaccinated.
With 20,785 tests processed on Sunday and 18,280 completed yesterday, officials reported a provincewide positivity rate of 1.9 per cent on both Monday and Tuesday.
The province says 149 people with COVID-19 are in hospital intensive care units, down from 155 last week.
A count of local public health units and individual hospitals puts the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at 246, including those in intensive care.
With two new deaths confirmed over the past two days, Ontario’s overall virus-related death toll now stands at 9,792.
Ontario’s known, active COVID-19 caseload is 4,369, down from 4,734 last Tuesday.
Over the weekend, the provincial government lifted capacity restrictions at a number of businesses, including sporting and concert venues.
If the situation in Ontario worsens, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases expert at Toronto General Hospital, said the province must be ready to “pivot swiftly.”
On Tuesday morning, he told CP24, “We can look around the country and see how you cannot communicate this as a one-way track toward reopening because there will be foreseen and unexpected potholes in the road.”
“Now, these are vaccinated areas in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, and you can see what occurs when all public health precautions are dropped…. Things may easily spiral out of hand.”