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Ontario reports lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in over a month

Last Updated May 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm EDT

People wear N95 masks to protect them from the COVID-19 virus while walking by a closed store in Kingston, Ontario on Monday, April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

Ontario is reporting 2,320 new COVID-19 cases and 32 additional deaths on Wednesday.

The province’s test positivity rate is 6.4 per cent, down slightly from 6.6 per cent a week ago. It is the lowest positivity rate since April 9.

There were over 45,681 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, up significantly from the more than 28,000 a day ago. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week.

Locally, there are 712 new cases in Toronto, 452 in Peel, 157 in York Region and 139 in Durham and 113 in Hamilton.

There are now 1,673 people hospitalized in the province with 776 in intensive care units.

Graphics courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Kwan

Resolved cases have now outnumbered new cases for more than three weeks. There were 3,477 more resolved cases reported, dropping the active case count by more than 1,000.

The province reported 2,073 cases and 15 deaths on Tuesday.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 2,949 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 91 additional cases of the P.1 variant and 38 additional cases of the B.1351 variant.

There were 140,785 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period. It is just the third time the province has administered more than 140,000 doses in a day.

As of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, 6,491,666 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Ontario.

Graphics courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Kwan

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Ontario is pausing its province-wide rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine “out an abundance of caution” citing recent evidence of an increase in VITT blood clotting incidents.

Speaking on Tuesday, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams said the decision was made as Ontario receives larger shipments of other vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, adding that those who received the first dose of AstraZeneca could be eligible to get a different shot for their second dose.

A new poll suggests the third wave of the pandemic has caused Ontarians to return to a previous level of negativity not seen since the peak of the second wave.

The poll says 68 per cent of residents think things will continue to get worse before they start to get better with 63 per cent saying they generally have a negative feeling. More than a third of respondents say they are frustrated, anxious and bored.

Ontario’s science advisors say the province could safely reopen many outdoor recreational facilities even if it extends a stay-at-home order in the coming weeks.

The scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says outdoor activities like golf, tennis and beach volleyball are low risk.

The Ford Government continues to mull over a possible return to in-person learning in areas with low rates of COVID-19, it also remains concerned about the potential risks.

Sources tell the Toronto Star a return to class isn’t out of the question, but says the decision will be left up to the chief medical officer of health.

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