Ontario reports 1,546 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths

Ontario reports 1,791 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths related to coronavirus

Ontario reports 1,546 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths

To date, more than 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the province, including 129,000 doses administered to long-term care home residents.

The Ontario government announced Monday that it is providing over $1.2 billion to help public hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by COVID-19.

Test positivity, the percentage of tests coming back positive, is the highest its been since late January at 5.7 per cent.

She says more than 49,200 tests have been completed since the last daily report. "We need to ensure that our hospitals remain viable and are there for people long after COVID-19 has been beaten".

Officials said about half of the new cases were found in the two continuing hotspots, Toronto and the Peel Region to its west, and more 50 new cases were variants of concern. Ontario has not seen this many COVID-19 patients in the ICU since February 8, according to information released by the Ministry of Health.

Individuals aged 75 or older can schedule a vaccine appointment by visiting www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line number at 1-888-999-6488.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, 1,603,699 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Additionally, more than 2,700 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been given to residents aged 60 to 64 by four Family Health Teams.

There are now 1,359 cumulative cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 47 cases of the B 1.351 variant first detected in South Africa and 37 cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases has climbed from 1,334 to 1,667 week-over-week.

Twenty new variant cases were reported.

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