Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases drop again

Number of people fully vaccinated with two doses approaching 5.9 million

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Ontario reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday — a 10-month low.

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The last time the province saw a lower daily number was Sept. 9 when 149 cases were reported.

An additional 80 cases from 2020 were added to Toronto’s tally due to a data issue, making the official count 244 cases.

Nine more deaths brought the total of lives lost to the pandemic to 9,224.

Ontario intensive care units were treating 226 COVID-19 patients, including three individuals from Manitoba, and 161 patients were relying on ventilators.

The province pumped 215,719 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine into arms Monday so that the total number of Ontarians with at least one dose topped 15.9 million.

The number of people fully vaccinated with two doses was approaching 5.9 million.

At a Burlington nursing home with an outbreak of the delta variant, an update Monday said there were 15 active resident cases at Tansley Woods and one active team member case.

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One team member’s COVID-19 had resolved itself and one resident had died.

“With just under 98% of residents having received a first dose of vaccination and 96% with their second, we look towards additional resolutions soon,” the update says. “Among team members, more than 85% have committed to vaccination with their first dose and we know the number of fully vaccinated team members will rise with availability.”

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Premier Doug Ford has urged personal support workers to embrace vaccination, noting there were concerns about vaccine hesitancy.

An Ontario Ministry of Health spokesperson said about 92% of long-term care (LTC) workers have received a first dose and 85% have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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