Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario reports 733 new COVID-19 cases, 7-day average drops below 1,000

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Ontario is reporting 733 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as case counts continue to trend downward bringing the seven-day average under 1,000 for the first time in several months. The provincial total now stands at 532,891.

Wednesday marks the third straight day case counts are below a thousand. On Tuesday, 699 new cases were recorded and 916 on Monday.

According to Wednesday’s report, 173 cases were recorded in Toronto, 134 in Peel Region and 69 in York Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,791 as 25 more deaths were recorded.

As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 9.3 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of over 139,901 vaccines in the last day. There are more than 781,000 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 513,436 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 96 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,733 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,664 — down from the previous day when it was at 11,689, and is down from May 26 when it was at 17,727. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 978 (below 1,000 for the first time since early November), which is down from yesterday at 1,030, and is down from last week at 1,622. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,600.

The government said 31,768 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 18,999 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,274,683 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Wednesday was 2.8 per cent, the lowest in a couple months. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 3.6 per cent, and is down from last week when it was 5.3 per cent.

Ontario reported 708 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 96 from the previous day) with 576 patients in intensive care units (down by seven) and 399 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 12). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

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