The province reports a test positivity rate of 2% for the third day in a row, down from 2.8% a week ago. It is tied for the lowest positivity rate since October.
In the last 24 hours, 28,949 tests were performed.
Locally, there are 109 new cases in Toronto, 84 in Peel, 79 in Waterloo, 51 in Porcupine and 31 in Hamilton.
There were 850 other resolved cases, which caused the number of active cases to drop. Solved cases outnumber new infections every day since mid-April.
the province reported 590 new cases and 11 deaths Thursday.
The seven-day moving average fell to 568, hitting the lowest point since early October.
There are now 489 people hospitalized in the province, including 440 in intensive care. Hospitalizations have fallen by nearly 200 since last week and the number of intensive care units has dropped by almost 100 last week.
In the past 24 hours, 199,951 doses of vaccine have been administered. This is a new single-day record for vaccine doses administered across the province and more than 130,000 were second doses.
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 10,827,420 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered and 71.9% of Ontarians over the age of 12 received at least one dose, while 11.9% of residents are now fully immunized.
Following calls from top doctors and health experts to speed up second doses in hot spots, the province announced Thursday that it start accepting vaccine appointments on Monday for more residents living in areas where the Delta variant is prevalent.
As of June 14, anyone living in Toronto, Peel Region, Halton, York Region, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and Porcupine – regardless of postal code – who have received his first injection on or before May 9 is eligible to book a second appointment dose. This does not apply to those who have received a first injection of AstraZeneca.
Residents will be able to book through the province’s online portal, through their respective public health unit’s reservation websites, or by using certain pharmacies.
The province released new COVID-19 projections on Thursday, showing improvements in several areas, with health officials saying second-dose vaccinations are a solution to controlling and limiting the spread of the Delta variant.
The Scientific Advisory Table expects daily cases of COVID-19 to decline over the next 10 days, adding that as vaccinations continue to escalate, it will be important to monitor variants looking for signs of breakthrough and severe infection.
L’Ontario a entered step 1 of its reopening plan, which will mean a return to limited retail stores and restaurants on the patio.
Stage 1 of the plan was tentatively scheduled for June 14, but with daily new coronavirus cases remaining below 1,000 and vaccinations increasing, provincial officials agreed to launch the roadmap for the reopening days earlier. .
Health Minister Christine Elliott was asked Thursday if the government would move to Stage 2 before the provisional July 2 date, she refrained from saying it was too early to consider an early Stage 2.
The province said Stage 2 would require 70 percent of adults in Ontario to be vaccinated with one dose and 20 percent to be fully immune to the virus.