Fewest new COVID-19 cases since September, Ontario report

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Ontario is reporting 210 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Monday.

It is the smallest daily increase of new infections since Sept. 13.

The province is reporting a test positivity rate of 1.8 per cent, down slightly from 2.5 per cent one week ago.

There were 13,071 tests completed in the last 24-hour period.

Locally, there are 37 new cases in Toronto, 26 in the Region of Waterloo, 25 in Grey Bruce, 15 in Peel Region, 12 in Hamilton and 12 in Niagara Region.

There were another 326 resolved cases, dropping the active case count once again. Resolved cases have outnumbered new infections each day since mid-April.

The rolling seven-day average drops to 276, reaching the lowest point since Sept. 17.

The province reported 287 cases and 12 deaths on Sunday.

There are now 218 people hospitalized in the province testing positive for the virus and there are 287 in the ICU with COVID-19 complications. The amount of people testing positive in the hospital reached an eight month low on Sunday.

There were more than 202,672 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period.

As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 14,07,510 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 76.4 per cent of Ontario residents 12 and older have received at least one dose while 33.4 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

More Ontarians became eligible for an accelerated second COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning.

The province will allow any residents 18 and older who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine to move up their appointment. Recipients of a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna can receive their second jab as soon as 28 days after their first shot.

According to the province, this will accelerate second dose eligibility for approximately 1.5 million Ontarians.

Canada should have enough COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this week to fully inoculate 75 per cent of all Canadians over the age of 12.

The country is expecting more than 2.4 million doses of Pfizer this week and 1.4 million doses of Moderna. Those shipments will push Canada’s total vaccine deliveries above 50 million doses to date.

A mass vaccination clinic held Sunday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto administered close to 27,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, setting a new North American single-day record.

The “Our Winning Shot” initiative, broke the previous record of 17,003 set back in April at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

— with files from 680news.com