TORONTO – Ontario recorded more than 500 new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day.
Health officials recorded 574 cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as four other deaths related to the disease.
The new infections represent a slight decrease from the 590 cases reported on Thursday.
The 7-day moving average of daily cases in Ontario is now approximately 568, up from 889 the previous week.
The province’s positivity rate is now around 2.0 percent, according to the health ministry, with 28,949 tests processed in the past 24 hours.
As of Monday, 489 people with the novel corona virus were hospitalized. Of these patients, 440 are in the intensive care unit.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario is now 538,651, including 8,935 deaths and 523,532 recoveries.
At 12:01 p.m. on Friday, the province entered Step 1 of its reopening plan.
Step 1 is allowed to open patios and non-essential retail stores for personal service. Outdoor gatherings are also allowed with an increased limit of 10 people.
WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES?
The communities with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases include Toronto (109), Peel (84) and Waterloo (79).
The Porcupine Public Health Unit, which has been prevented from entering Step 1 of the province’s reopening due to high positivity rates, reports 51 new infections.
VARIANT OF THE AFFECTED UPDATE
According to the provincial epidemiology report, 1,190 cases of the B.1.1.7. Variants were identified in laboratory-positive tests in the past 24 hours. These new cases bring the total of B.1.1.7. Variants in Ontario at 137,307.
The province also identified another case of the P.1. Variant, bringing the total identified in Ontario to 4,099.
Ontario does not publicly report cases of the B.1.617 variant originally found in India, although health experts say the easily transmissible variant could be the cause of a fourth wave in the province.
DELIVERED MORE THAN 10.8 MILLION VACCINE DOSE
According to the provincial health department, Ontario has given a total of 10,827,420 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Of the more than 10 million doses administered, 199,951 went into the arms on Thursday alone.
“I promised you that once we had enough supplies, we would be giving millions of vaccines every month. Thank you everyone for your help in getting us here, ”Prime Minister Doug Ford wrote on Twitter on Friday to mark the milestone.
Over 1.5 million Ontarians have received both doses and are considered fully vaccinated by the Department of Health.
The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Department of Health’s Daily Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19. The number of cases for each city or region may differ slightly from the provincial figures as the local units report the numbers at different times.