Ontario reports 177 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths
Published Sunday, July 18, 2021 10:28AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 18, 2021 2:32PM EDT
Ontario is reporting fewer than 200 new COVID-19 infections for the 10th day in a row as the number of adults with at least one vaccine dose reaches 80 per cent.
The province reported 177 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths Sunday.
The latest provincial numbers are up just one case from Saturday when officials reported 176 new cases.
The new cases include 22 in Toronto, 12 in Peel Region, 16 in Hamilton, 32 in Waterloo and 33 in Grey Bruce
There were 14,805 tests completed yesterday, yielding a positivity rate of one per cent. That’s up slightly from a positivity rate of 0.9 per cent last week when roughly five thousand more tests were completed.
Ontario logged 159 new cases Friday; 143 on Thursday; 153 on Wednesday; 146 on Tuesday; and 114 on Monday.
The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases now sits at 153, down from 192 a week ago.
Ontario’s official number of COVID-19 deaths now stands at 9,294.
There are currently 150 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across the province, with 99 of them on ventilators.
There were 166 more people who recovered, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 537,545.
80 per cent of Ontario adults now have at least one dose
The latest numbers come as Ontario enjoys its first full weekend in Stage 3 reopening, with movie theaters, gyms and restaurants welcoming guests.
The province also reported Sunday that 80 per cent of those 18 and over have now had at least one vaccine dose, while 62.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile 62 per cent of youth aged 12-17 have had at least one dose while 30 per cent are fully vaccinated.
While infectious disease specialists have said that vaccination is a key factor in driving down infection numbers, Premier Doug Ford said this week that he would not require workers in any industry, including health care workers, to get vaccinated.
On Friday the Ontario Medical Association urged him to reverse course.
“Vaccines are the best way to control the spread of COVID-19, and remain an essential component in protecting our patients, families and friends,” OMA President Dr. Adam Kassam said in a statement. “As a front-line doctor who is fully vaccinated, I am proud to stand with my physician colleagues who continue to advocate for full vaccination of all those eligible.”
Ford also ruled out the idea of creating a provincial vaccine passport that would allow people to show proof of vaccination at businesses and events, saying he did not wish to create “a split society.”
However the premier did say that he is still urging every single person who can get vaccinated to do so.
Ontario administered 134,654 vaccine doses yesterday and a number of popups clinics are being held around the city today.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. 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.