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Ontario reports nearly 3,300 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

Ontario is reporting 3,295 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 374,112.

Thursday’s case count is higher than Wednesday’s which saw 3,215 new infections. On Tuesday, 3,065 new cases were recorded and 2,938 on Monday. It also marks the highest daily increase since Jan. 17.

According to Thursday’s provincial report, 933 cases were recorded in Toronto, 649 in Peel Region, 386 in York Region, 165 in Durham Region, 160 in Ottawa, 156 in Halton Region and 125 in Middlesex-London.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 125 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,494 as 19 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 338,559 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 90 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,576 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 28,059 — up from the previous day when it was at 27,359, and up from April 1 when it was at 20,875. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 63,846 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 42,404 tests awaiting results. A total of 12,966,264 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday’s was six per cent. That figure is down from Wednesday’s at 6.7 per cent, but is up from last week when it was 4.8 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,417 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 20 from the previous day) with 525 in intensive care units (up by 21) and 331 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 20).

Patients with COVID-19 in ICUs have hit the highest level seen so far in the pandemic.

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the provincial government reported administering 2,726,221 total COVID-19 vaccine doses. That marks an increase of 108,563 vaccines in the last day, a single-day high as the province administered more than 100,000 vaccines in 24 hours two days in a row. There are 324,148 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.

— More to come.

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