Ontaro reports zero deaths, 194 new COVID cases

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Ontario reported 194 more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, but no additional deaths.

Although COVID-related deaths have been on a general decline this year since hitting a daily high of 100 on Jan. 15, the last time the province recorded no new deaths was on Oct. 14.

Intensive care units cared for 220 patients, three from Manitoba, and 155 of these individuals were on ventilators.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre confirmed it is removing medical supplies and equipment inside its Mobile Health Unit set up in response to the pandemic and will bring down the structure in early August.

“With a recovering health-care system, there have been no patients in the MHU since the Victoria Day long weekend in May,” a statement says.

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COVID-19 is blamed for the deaths of 9,224 Ontarians and has put 28,023 people in hospital.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Ontario had administered over 16.1 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and just over 6 million people were fully vaccinated with two doses, according to provincial public health data.

However, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore cautioned Tuesday that a full third of Ontarians eligible for a vaccine could enter the fall with only one dose or less.

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There were 42 new cases in Waterloo, where the Delta variant is spreading, 35 in Toronto, 26 in Peel, 16 in Hamilton, 11 in Grey Bruce, six in Durham, four in Ottawa, and three each in York and Halton.

Despite the much-improving numbers, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said she still favours a cautious approach to further reopenings in the province, noting the potential threat of the Delta variant unless vaccination rates are higher.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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