Ontario reports just over 1,000 new COVID cases on Tuesday

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2021

Some of the cases that were added to regional totals are from previous days.

To put that in perspective, the last time Ontario saw case counts that low was early October, prior to the arrival of the second wave of the pandemic.

As of 10:30am Tuesday, Public Health Ontario reported another 2,485** cases of COVID-19 over two days (1,446 Monday, 1,039 Tues), bringing the total to 524,950. The Ministry of Health did not release its daily report on the novel coronavirus on the Victoria Day holiday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the province's positivity rate has remained at 6.4 per cent on both Monday and Tuesday, with almost 20,200 tests on May 23 and almost 16,900 tests completed on May 24.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the death toll at 405.

Ontario says 86,927 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered before 8 p.m. on Monday for more than a total of 8.2 million.

The province does not publicly report the number of B.1.617 infections, despite multiple cases being identified according to the government.

Deaths from Covid-19 fell 5% to 3,969 in the week ended May 23, the fewest deaths in a week since March 2020.

While hospitalizations have been gradually trending downwards, another positive sign, the number of people seriously ill in intensive care and on ventilators remains high, Yaffe said. Of the latest deaths, six were individuals between 40 and 59 years old, 18 were between 60 and 79 years old and nine were 80 years and older.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 325 of today's new cases are in Toronto, 231 in Peel Region and 77 in York Region.

Of those, 1,093 people are isolating at home and 56 are in hospital.

The regional data for three confirmed cases is under investigation.

About 39% of the country's population has been fully vaccinated as of Sunday, and 49% has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two doses of approved vaccines in Ontario are needed for full immunization. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.

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