Ontario reports 370 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

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Waterloo Region has highest number of new COVID-19 cases in Ont., provincial update says

On Tuesday, the provincial health officer reported no COVID-19 deaths and 108 new cases of the disease.

Ontario's average weekly incidence rate is 22.6 cases per 100,000 people, which is down by 29.4 per cent from the prior seven-day period.

That is already above the 70 per cent threshold the government has set as a main criterion for moving into Phase 2 of the province's reopening plan.

With 30,454 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says the positivity rate in the province dropped from 1.5 per cent on Wednesday to 1.3 per cent on Thursday.

Of the new cases reported today, 67 are from Toronto, 47 cases are from Peel, and nine are from Simcoe-Muskoka.

The province deemed 635 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Thursday, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 527,797.

The province reported 384 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday.

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Ontario's rolling seven-day average now stands at 443, down from 618 at this point last week.

There are 377 patients in intensive care units because of COVID-19 (69 of those people no longer test positive for COVID-19) and 242 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 244 reported yesterday).

More than 64 per cent of Ontarians have now had at least one dose, or almost 75 per cent of residents 18 and older.

In the last 24-hour period, officials said 210,611 doses of the vaccine were administered to Ontario residents, marking the highest number of shots given in a single day so far in the province.

11,732,414 doses of vaccine have been administered.

As of last night, more than two million Ontarians, or roughly 16.8 per cent of adults, had gotten both doses. Currently, there's a lot of competition for appointments as mostly older people try to book second doses and mostly younger people try for their firsts.

The expanded eligibility in the province includes residents in Delta variant hot spots and a shorter interval for first dose AstraZeneca recipients - down to eight weeks from 12.

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Officials also reported 57 new cases in Waterloo, 34 new cases in Ottawa, 17 new cases in Middlesex-London and Porcupine Health Unit and 10 new cases in Niagara Region.

Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 2,103 cases, weekly rate of 6 cases per 100,000 people.

According to the University of Oxford's Our World Data report, as of Monday Canada led the world's larger nations in the percentage of first doses delivered to an adult population at 65 per cent. The variant, also known as B.1.617, was first identified in India.

Catton is urging residents to restrict their interactions and continue to follow public health measures.

She said there has been some progress in recent days, but it's too early to say when the region will reopen.

"We need to see a more sustained pattern that is really solid before making any considerations", she told a news conference.

On Wednesday, Ontario's cross-border travel restrictions expire and travellers will be able to freely cross the Ontario-Manitoba and Ontario-Quebec borders, TBNewswatch reports.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones will be providing the update from Queen's Park at 1 p.m.

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