Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario reports 3,424 new COVID-19 cases today

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Manitoba reports 259 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths today
Manitoba reports 259 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths today

Regional active cases increase to 204 with 12 new cases in Hastings Prince Edward, 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 10 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, 1 in Haliburton

Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.

After 2 days of fewer than 3,000 cases, today Ontario is reporting 3,424 cases, with Toronto and 7 other health units reporting triple-digit increases and all health units reporting at least 3 new cases. However, the seven-day average of daily cases has fallen by 63 to 3,369 and the number of active cases continuing to decline.

There are 2,839 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, 9 more cases of the B.1.351 South Africa, and 54 more cases of the P.1 Brazilian variant.

Hospitalizations has fallen significantly, with a smaller decrease in the number of ICU admissions and a larger decrease of patients on ventilators. Ontario is reporting 26 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes.

Ontario administered 141,038 vaccine doses yesterday, the highest number since vaccinations began, with almost 39% of the population now having received at least a single dose.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 37 new cases to report (including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 10 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton) and an additional 30 cases resolved, with the number of active cases increasing by 5 to 204. There has been 1 new COVID-related death in Peterborough, the region’s 15th death.

Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (958), Peel (900), York (291), Durham (175), Hamilton (155), Halton (129), Niagara (127), and Ottawa (108).

There are double-digit increases reported today in Simcoe Muskoka (95), Middlesex-London (89), Waterloo (63), Windsor-Essex (42), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (41), Haldimand-Norfolk (29), Eastern Ontario (23), Brant (23), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (20), Northwestern (15), Southwestern (15), Porcupine (12), Sudbury (11), Hastings Prince Edward (11), Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (10), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (10), Peterborough (10), and Huron Perth (10), with smaller increases in Thunder Bay (9), North Bay Parry Sound (8), Grey Bruce (8), Lambton (8), and Renfrew (7).

Only 3 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with all reporting at least 3 new cases.

Of today’s new cases, 60% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,424) among people ages 20-39 followed by 954 cases among people ages 40-59 and 617 cases among people 19 and under.

With 3,997 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 91.2% — the 17th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.2% to 6.8%, meaning that 68 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 5.

Ontario is reporting 26 new COVID-19 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 26 new daily deaths over the past week, an decrease of 2 from yesterday.

The number of hospitalizations has fallen by 111 to 1,964, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 5 to 877 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 20 to 600.

A total of 54,118 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation falling by 1,893 to 27,286.

A total of 5,740,761 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 141,038 from yesterday — the highest daily increase since vaccinations began in Ontario. A total of 384,589 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 3,466 from yesterday.

The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.61% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 38.97% of the population, an increase of 0.96% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 37 new cases to report, including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 10 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton.

There are 27 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 15 in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings Prince Edward, 4 in Kawartha Lakes, and 4 in Northumberland.

There has been 1 new COVID-related death in Peterborough, the 15th in the region. There are 4 new hospitalizations in Peterborough with 1 new ICU admission, 1 new hospitalization in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 new hospitalization in Northumberland.

An additional 30 cases have been resolved, including 13 in Peterborough, 8 in Hastings Prince Edward, 5 in Northumberland, and 4 in Kawartha Lakes. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Peterborough was declared resolved on May 6.

There are currently 204 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 5 from yesterday, including 68 in Peterborough, 75 in Hastings Prince Edward (13 in Quinte West, 44 in Belleville, 1 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 9 in Prince Edward County, 6 in Central Hastings, and 2 in North Hastings), 32 in Kawartha Lakes, 25 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,274 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,191 resolved with 15 deaths), 750 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (675 resolved with 56 deaths), 833 in Northumberland County (794 resolved with 14 deaths), 106 in Haliburton County (101 resolved with 1 death), and 980 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (895 resolved with 10 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on May 6.

The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 4 p.m. the previous day, as well as from systems in Toronto, Ottawa, and Middlesex-London at 2 p.m. the previous day. Data from local health units is more current and is usually reflected in the provincial data the following day. There may be discrepancies between the Ontario data reported today (which is from yesterday) and the local health unit data reported today (which is from today).

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