Ontario reports 255 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths
Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Published Wednesday, June 23, 2021 10:05AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:59PM EDT
Ontario is reporting fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day and 11 more deaths on Wednesday.
Provincial health officials logged 255 new coronavirus infections, a drop from 296 cases on Tuesday and 384 cases a week ago.
The seven-day average now stands at 316, compared to 475 a week ago.
Ontario reported 270 infections on Monday, 318 on Sunday and 355 on Saturday.
The latest fatalities bring the province’s virus-related death toll to 9,093.
Ontario labs processed 27,364 tests in the past 24 hours, a notable jump from 16,784 tests the previous day.
The rise in testing contributed to a drop in the province’s positivity rate to 1.2 per cent, compared to 1.5 per cent a week ago, according to the Ministry of Health.
Ontario reported 320 more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern, with 254 being the Alpha variant, which was first found in the United Kingdom, and 59 being the Delta variant, which was discovered in India.
Another 460 people recovered from the virus, resulting in 3,032 active cases across Ontario.
In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto logged 57 new cases, while 25 were reported in Peel Region, 10 in York Region, six in Halton and two in Durham.
Meanwhile, Waterloo Region reported (53) in all of Ontario today, a drop from 61 the previous day.
Currently, there are at least 816 people receiving treatement due to the virus in Ontario hospitals, according to data from local public health units and hospitals.
The Ministry of Health says there are 305 people in intensive care units and 190 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Thirteen of Ontario's ICU patients were transferred from Manitoba.
To date, there have been more than 543,000 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 530,894 recoveries in Ontario since the first case was identified in Jan. 2020.
More than 3.3 million Ontarians have been fully vaccinated against the virus after receiving two doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines.
Over 13 million doses have been administered across the province since mid-December, with a record 227,318 shots into arms yesterday alone.
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.