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Ontario reports nearly 2,200 COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths since March

Last Updated May 17, 2021 at 2:17 pm EDT

Covid-19 samples sit in a refrigerator at a LifeLabs testing facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ontario is reporting 2,170 new COVID-19 cases and 4 additional deaths on Monday.

It is the fewest deaths the province has reported in a single-day since March 22.

The province’s test positivity rate is 7.9 per cent, down from 9.1 per cent a week ago.

There were 24,498 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, down from the more than 33,000 a day ago. There were more than 27,000 tests completed on Monday last week. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week.

Locally, there are 566 new cases in Toronto, 556 in Peel, 215 in York Region, 120 in Durham and 101 in Hamilton.

The province reported 2,199 cases and 30 deaths on Sunday.

Resolved cases have now outnumbered new cases every day since late April. There were 2,953 more resolved cases reported, dropping the active case count by nearly 800.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases is down to 2,352. That number has decreased everyday since April 29 and it is the lowest seven-day average since April 1.

There are now 1,320 people hospitalized in the province with 779 in the ICU. Hospitalizations are down more than 300 from one week ago.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 1,260 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 38 additional cases of the P.1 variant and 2 additional cases of the B.1351 variant.

There were 112,330 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.

As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 7,177,145 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.


Ontario administered its seven millionth dose over the weekend as it prepares to accelerate immunization efforts even further in the coming week.

The province is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to anyone 18 and older beginning Tuesday.

Starting at 8 a.m., eligible individuals will be able to book at mass immunization clinics through the province’s online booking portal, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

The province initially said they hoped to open appointments to all adults next week, but were able to move that up due to an influx of vaccine supply.

Premier Doug Ford offered hope that the province’s summer camps would be able to operate this season.

Ford stated camps would be able to open for the coming summer, though did not specify whether he was referring to day or overnight facilities.

A spokesman from his office later said details would be revealed before the provincial lifts if current stay-at-home order, which was recently extended to June 2 in a bid to help combat the pandemic’s third wave.

All Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacies in Ontario are now selling rapid screening tests in addition to administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents across Ontario,

Tests will be processed immediately in the pharmacy and it takes roughly 15 to 20 minutes for the results to come in.