COVID numbers keep dropping

COVID-19 hotspot Peel Region saw only 16 new cases, while Toronto saw just 17 cases.

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Ontario is now experiencing daily COVID-19 numbers last seen almost 10 months ago with just 184 new cases reported Wednesday.

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The last time the numbers were lower was Sept. 10 when 170 cases were identified.

The COVID-19 hotspot of Peel Region saw only 16 new cases, while adjacent hot spot Toronto recorded just 17 cases.

Waterloo Region, which is battling a delta variant outbreak according to public health officials, had the highest number of new cases Wednesday — 46.

Hospitalizations continued to taper off with 209 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, including four Manitoba residents, and 181 on ventilators.

There were 14 additional deaths blamed on the pandemic.

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Ontario continued to power vaccines into arms with 268,397 doses administered Tuesday, bringing the total number of doses to over 14.7 million and the fully vaccinated to over 4.8 million.

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Although the province entered Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen plan, the vaccination numbers alone would indicate Ontario is about ready for Step Three which would allow indoor gyms and restaurant dining.

Step Three is predicated on 70 to 80% of adults with one dose and 25% fully vaccinated with two doses.

Public health officials say they are considering a number of indicators including hospitalizations in deciding when to launch the next phase of the reopening.

“It’s been a very long pandemic but thanks to a world leading rate of vaccination and a cautious Roadmap to Reopening plan, in hospitals the worst is likely behind us. Ontario has challenges ahead, particularly reopening schools, but this crisis is ending,” Ontario Hospital Association President and CEO Anthony Dale tweeted Wednesday.


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