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Ontario reports fewer than 3,500 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations drop

Last Updated May 3, 2021 at 2:16 pm EDT

Ontario is reporting 3,436 new COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths on Monday.

It marks the ninth straight day with a daily increase of fewer than 4,000 cases.

The test positivity rate is 9.7 per cent, up from 8.5 per cent a day ago. The province reported a record test positivity rate of 10.9 on Monday last week.

There were 33,179 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, down from over 45,000 a day ago. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week.

Locally, there are 985 new cases in Toronto, 714 in Peel, 351 in York Region, 271 in Durham and 194 in Hamilton.

There were 3,623 resolved cases, outnumbering new cases for the 13th straight day and dropping the active case count to 36,997.

The province reported 3,732 cases and 23 deaths on Sunday.

The rolling seven-day average is down to 3,577 compared to 3,917 on the same day last week.

There are now 1,925 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 889 in the ICU. It is the second straight day that ICU numbers have decreased and hospitalizations are down nearly 350 from the same day last week.

There were 53,880 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.

As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 5,378,249 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Residents aged 18 and over and who live in a COVID-19 hot spot zone will be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday morning.

The Ontario government says an increase in the supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has allowed them to expand booking eligibility.

The government has identified 114 communities as priority areas for vaccines–  and the province says they want to allocate around 50 per cent of vaccines to those areas during the weeks of May 3 and 10.

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