Ontario reports almost 1,100 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths


Public health officials have not released information regarding how long ago the resident or staff member who tested positive were vaccinated.

Locally, there are 257 new cases in Toronto, 215 in Peel, 123 in Durham and 101 in York Region.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 1,227 new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 39 new cases of the P.1 variant and four new cases of B.1.351.

Tuesday's death count is the highest since May 9 when 47 virus-related deaths were reported in the province.

This is the second day in a row that the cases have been below 1,100, but it is a slight increase from yesterday's 1,039.

There are now 1,073 people hospitalized in the province with 672 in the ICU. Hospitalizations are down almost 250 since one week ago and ICU numbers have reached the lowest mark since April 14.

Another 2,302 people recovered from the disease in the past 24-hour period, resulting in 16,541 active cases across the province. Two doses of vaccines that are now administered in the province are needed for full immunization.

Over 37,000 tests were done over the last two days while a total of over 8.2 million vaccines have now been administered.

Compared to other provinces Ontario's roadmap to reopening remains extremely cautious but as COVID indicators improve the province may be tempted to speed up the gradual process in the interest of public perception.

Almost 4,100 more people recovered from the virus over the past two days, resulting in 19,026 active cases across the province.

Forty-one more people died from the virus over the past two days with the death toll now at 8,655.

"My position always has been that schools should be the last to close and first to open", he said. Dr. David Williams has said he would have a recommendation on schools soon.

"We're confident we can make sure schools are safe for everyone including students and teachers", Williams said. "[In discussions] with our medical officers of health throughout the province - all of them want them to open".

Ontario's top doctor says he'd like to see schools resume in-person learning before the province enters the first step of its reopening plan in mid-June.



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