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Ontario reports fewer than 2,000 COVID-19 cases, sets daily vaccination record

Last Updated May 21, 2021 at 4:39 pm EDT

Ontario is reporting 1,890 new COVID-19 cases and 27 additional deaths on Friday.

The province’s test positivity rate is 5.4 per cent, up slightly from 5.2 per cent a day ago. The positivity rate was 6.1 per cent a week ago.

There were 37,126 tests completed in the last 24-hour period, down from over 45,000 a day ago.

There were more than 44,000 tests completed on Friday last week.

Locally, there are 469 new cases in Toronto, 468 in Peel, 165 in York Region, 111 in Hamilton and 107 in Durham.

The province reported 2,400 cases and 27 deaths on Thursday. The previous two days saw daily increases of fewer than 2,000 cases for the first time since March.

Resolved cases have now outnumbered new cases every day since late April. There were 2,689 more resolved cases reported, dropping the active case count by nearly 800.

There are now 1,265 people hospitalized in the province with 715 in the ICU. Hospitalizations are down more than 250 from one week ago and ICU numbers are at the lowest point since April 16.

There were 158,524 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period, a new daily record.

As of 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 7,735,148 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.


Ontario’s latest round of COVID-19 modelling painted an optimistic picture as COVID-19 cases, percent positivity, and hospitalization rates improve across the board with vaccinations greatly bettering conditions across the province.

The modelling suggested the control of the pandemic is growing in large part due to the efforts of Ontarians and public health measures.

As a result of a decrease in COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions, only a few of Ontario’s 34 public-health units are showing a higher rate of transmission this week.

The Ford government revealed what it calls itsRoadmap to Reopen” on Thursday.

As Ontario vaccinates more of its population at an accelerated pace, the three steps will be based on that supply and the daily clip at which people get the shot.

The province will also factor in COVID-19 case counts, percent positivity, and hospitalization rates.

Ontario anticipates entering the first step of the plan by June 14 and each step will be in place for at least 21 days.

Under Ontario’s Reopening Act, the province will allow for the resumption of multiple outdoor recreational activities on Thursday.

These include golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and horse riding.

Outdoor gathering limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, including members of different households. The rule changes will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.