Ontario ICU numbers continue to fall as new COVID-19 cases climb

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Ontario is reporting 192 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Friday.

It is the highest number of new infections in the province in more than two weeks.

The test positivity rate is 0.9 per cent, up from 0.6 per cent one week ago.

There were 19,757 tests completed in the last 24-hour period.

Locally, there are 43 new cases in Toronto, 25 in Peel Region, 18 in York Region, 18 in the Region of Waterloo, 11 in Durham Region and 11 in Hamilton.

The active case count in the province increased by 44 – there were 147 resolved cases.

The rolling seven-day average is up slightly to 160 cases. The average has started to slowly climb in the past week after dropping consistently since the peak of the third wave in April.

The province reported 185 cases and seven deaths on Thursday.

There are now 136 people in the ICU with COVID-19 complications and 84 ICU patients on a ventilator. ICU patients have dropped to the lowest point since mid-November.

There were 120,231 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, 80 per cent of Ontario residents 12 and older have received at least one dose while 64.8 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

–with files from 680news.com