Ontario reported its lowest COVID-19 case count since drastically reducing access to free testing, as well as four new deaths, on Monday.
On Monday, 1,074 COVID-19 illnesses were confirmed through PCR testing across the province, the lowest number discovered since testing was restricted on Dec. 31, 2021.
According to health officials, eligibility restrictions imply that the existing system misses up to 90% of all infections.
In the prior time, provincial labs processed 9,447 test specimens, yielding a positive rate of 11.8 percent.
Average positivity over the past week was 10.8 per cent.
The Ministry of Health says three of Monday’s deaths occurred in the past 30 days and another occurred prior to that period but was just documented recently.
It’s the second lowest death toll Ontario has reported so far in 2022, with only Feb. 28 being lower with three deaths.
There have been 12,574 deaths from COVID-19 confirmed in the province since March 2020.
Of those 1,074 new cases, 146 involved unvaccinated people, 38 involved partially vaccinated people, 827 who had two or more COVID-19 vaccine doses and 63 whose vaccination status was not known.
Overall hospitalizations remained stable over the weekend, with total occupancy increasing by 9 to 693, according to the Ministry of Health, reflecting the fact that some institutions do not publish statistics on weekends.
The number of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) climbed by 2 to 249, while the number of patients on a ventilator increased by 6 to 140.
On Sunday, almost 6,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccination were given out.
There were 619 initial doses, 1,970 second doses, and 3,523 third doses among them.
In Ontario, 85.2 percent of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, 81.6 percent have received two doses, and 47.7% have received three doses.
Source_ The Canadian Press