Cases are the rarest in a single day since April and come in the form of total hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and the number of patients on ventilators all plummeted for a fifth consecutive day, according to ministry data of Health. Yesterday there were 1,632 people with COVID-19-related illnesses in hospitals. Of those, 828 were being treated in intensive care units and 547, or about two-thirds, required ventilation, the ministry said.
Ontario’s watchdog, the Office of Financial Accountability (FAO), estimated in a report released today that it will take the province about three and a half years to clear the pandemic’s surgical backlog.
The FAO said it expects that by the end of September 2021, some 419,200 procedures will have been canceled due to COVID-19 and that $ 1.3 billion will be needed to clear the backlog. . The provincial government allocated $ 610 million specifically for this effort in its last budget.
The labs performed only 27,175 tests and Public Health Ontario recorded a province-wide positivity rate of 9.1%. Testing levels fell on weekends throughout the pandemic, but today’s number is the lowest in a single day since mid-February.
The seven-day daily case average fell to 3,017. It has been declining since April 17.
Another 3,110 infections were marked as resolved in today’s provincial update. There are approximately 31,991 active confirmed cases in Ontario.
The 16 additional deaths reported today bring the official death toll to 8,327. The seven-day average of deaths climbed to 29.9, surpassing the high of the previous third wave.
Vaccine Deployment Updates
Public health units collectively administered 94,903 doses of COVID-19 vaccines yesterday, the health ministry said, the highest on a Sunday. As with testing, the province struggled to meet its vaccination goals over the weekend.
About 5.84 million people, or about 49% of all adults in Ontario, had received at least one dose of a vaccine on Sunday evening.
The province administered 6,238,778 doses, or just over 88%, of the 7,056,415 doses it has received to date.
The government announced this morning that it is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on Tuesday to more residents classified as “unable to work from home,” including grocery store and restaurant workers. More people with certain health conditions, such as heart disease, dementia, asthma and diabetes, will also be able to try to make an appointment starting tomorrow.
Meanwhile, healthcare workers treating patients with COVID-19 or at risk of contracting the disease will not have to wait four months for a second dose of the vaccine, the province said. This includes those who work in intensive care, emergency services, and first responders.
All Ontarians aged 40 and over will be able to make an appointment for a first shot starting Thursday.
Over the weekend, hundreds of pharmacies in designated hot spots began offering injections to anyone 18 and older. The province quietly made the change without an official announcement.
The move led to a scramble in many neighborhoods in Toronto, where people relying on advice found on social media lined up outside pharmacies.