Shomporko Online News Desk: Ontario reported 255 new COVID-19 cases, the smallest daily increase since mid-September. The overall number of cases in the province presently stands at 543,019 on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s case count is below 300 for the third day in a row, and it’s the lowest since Sept. 15, when 251 cases were reported. There were 296 new instances on Tuesday, compared to 270 on Monday.
Wednesday’s test positivity was 1.2 percent, the lowest level since Sept. 29, when it was likewise 1.2 percent.
According to Wednesday’s report, 57 cases were recorded in Toronto, 53 new cases in Waterloo Region, 25 in Peel Region, and 23 in North Bay.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 20 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 9,093 as 11 more deaths were recorded.
As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 13 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked a record increase of 227,318 vaccines (28,946 for a first shot and 198,372 for a second shot) in the last day.
There are more than 3.3 million people fully vaccinated with two doses which is 27.5 per cent of the adult population. First dose adult coverage sits at 76.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, 530,894 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 percent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 460 from the previous day.
There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 3,032 — down from the previous day when it was at 3,248, and is down from June 16 when it was at 4,662. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.
The seven-day average has now dropped to 316, down from 334 the day before and 475 the week before. The seven-day average was around 1,800 a month ago.
In the last 24 hours, the government reported 27,364 tests were processed. A total of 11,986 tests are now awaiting results. Since the outbreak began, a total of 15,753,058 tests have been done.
COVID-19 has hospitalized 295 individuals in Ontario, down 39 from the previous day, with 305 patients in intensive care units (down nine) and 190 patients on a ventilator in ICUs (down by 12). Since the third wave peaked in April, hospitalizations have been on the decline.