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Ontario reports fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Jun 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm EDT

Ontario is reporting 447 new COVID-19 cases and 4 additional deaths on Monday.

It is just the third time since the fall that the province has seen daily new infections drop below 500, something that occurred twice last week.

The province is reporting a test positivity rate of 2.8 per cent, down from 3.6 per cent one week ago.

There were 13,588 tests completed in the last 24-hour period. It is the fewest daily tests completed since June of last year.

Locally, there are 110 new cases in Toronto, 61 in Peel, 56 in Waterloo, 39 in Porcupine and 29 in Durham.

There were another 670 resolved cases, dropping the active case count. Resolved cases have outnumbered new infections each day since mid-April.

The province reported 530 new cases and 7 deaths on Sunday.

The rolling seven-day average has dropped to 503, reaching the lowest point since late September.

There are now 384 people hospitalized in the province with 409 in the ICU. Hospitalizations are down more than 150 since on week ago and ICU numbers have dropped nearly 100 in the last week.

Graphics courtesy of @jkwan_md

There were 135,574 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period.

As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 11,344,441 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 73.1 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, while 14.6 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated.

More Ontarians are now able to book an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

People who live in regions where the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading and who received their first shot on or before May 9 can make an appointment beginning at 8 a.m.

The strategy is focused on Toronto, Peel, Halton, Porcupine, Waterloo, York and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

Residents will be able to book through the province’s online portal, through their respective public health units’ booking websites, or by using select pharmacies.

Graphics courtesy of @jkwan_md

The province is also allowing individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to get their second dose in eight weeks rather than 12 weeks.

Those who got AstraZeneca as a first dose can will have the option of getting a second dose of the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna.

With informed consent and recognizing that 12 weeks will ultimately provide more protection, the province is letting individuals choose when to receive their second dose between eight and 12 weeks.