Ontario is reporting 590 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths on Thursday.
The province is reporting a test positivity rate of 2 per cent for the second straight day, down from 2.8 per cent one week ago. It is tied for the lowest positivity rate since October.
There were 31,429 tests completed in the last 24-hour period.
Locally, there are 130 new cases in Peel, 114 in Toronto, 61 in Waterloo, 38 in Hamilton and 32 in York Region.
There were another 939 resolved cases, dropping the active case count. Resolved cases have outnumbered new infections each day since mid-April.
The province reported 411 new cases on Wednesday. It was the smallest daily increase in new infections since Sept. 25.
The rolling seven-day average has dropped to 617, reaching the lowest point since early October.
There are now 516 people hospitalized in the province with 450 in the ICU. Hospitalizations are down more than 200 since on week ago and ICU numbers have dropped nearly 100 in the last week.
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There were another 182,350 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period. It is just the second time the province has administered more than 180,000 doses in a single day.
As of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10,627,469 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 71.4 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, while 10.8 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated.
Ontario is set to provide an update on its COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Thursday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones will provide the update in a news conference at 1 p.m.
Speculation is the announcement will surround the further acceleration of second doses.
The more transmissible new Delta variant of COVID-19 has prompted politicians and public health officials to urge Ontario to learn from the early mistakes of its vaccine rollout and prioritize hot spots for second doses.
In Peel, the Delta variant is poised to become the dominant strain this month, and experts fear it could spread across the province if it isn’t contained.
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Ontario is also set to release new COVID-19 projections on Thursday on the eve of its economic reopening.
The new modelling will be presented at the afternoon pandemic update with the province’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams. The last round of projections presented by Ontario’s Science Advisory Table painted an optimistic picture for the province heading into the summer months.
At that time, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown said if the province could maintain 130,000 vaccine doses per day and keep public health measures in place with a partial reopening by June 16, the province could see well below 1,000 new daily infections by the end of June.
The province will move into Step 1 of its economic reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.
The move will allow for patio dining at a maximum of four patrons per table and limited non-essential retail shopping to resume at 15 per cent capacity ahead of the upcoming weekend.
Step 1 of the Ford government’s plan was tentatively slated for June 14 but with COVID-19 indicators improving the decision was made to kickstart the plan a few days early.