Ontario Reports 916 New COVID-19 Cases, The Fewest Since Mid-February
Ontario reported 916 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the least in a single day since mid-February, as Ontario Premier Doug Ford said an announcement on the rest of the school year would come the “next day or two”.
Speaking at Queen’s Park this morning, Ford said his government was considering responses to a letter sent last Thursday that sought advice from a range of expert groups, public health officials, teachers’ unions and other stakeholders.
The letter pointed out that no firm consensus had emerged on whether to reopen the province’s school for several weeks in June and sought advice on a number of key issues, including the risks posed by the variants. of concern from COVID-19.
Ford’s comments come as his government is set to table a motion that would see a new senior public health official in the province.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said over the weekend that the province is preparing to replace Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, with Dr. Kieran Moore.
Williams was due to retire in September, after his original tenure was extended amid the pandemic, but his last day was extended by several months.
Moore is currently the top doctor in the Kingston area public health unit and is expected to succeed Williams on June 26.
Moore will begin working with Williams on June 7 to ensure a smooth transition, the government said.
Today’s additional cases are the fewest confirmed in a single day in Ontario since February 17.
The labs performed 18,226 tests and Public Health Ontario recorded a 4.3% positivity rate, the lowest reported on a Monday since March 15.
The seven-day daily case average fell to 1,078.
Yesterday, 617 patients with COVID-related illnesses were being treated in intensive care units. Of these, 382, or about 62%, needed a ventilator to breathe. According to Critical Care Services Ontario, the median stay of COVID-19 patients in intensive care is approximately 21.5 days.
The Ministry of Health also recorded the deaths of 13 other people with COVID-19, bringing the official toll to 8,757. The seven-day average of deaths stands at just over 19.
Meanwhile, public health units collectively administered an additional 97,747 doses of the vaccine yesterday. More than 8.3 million Ontarians, or about 56.8% of the province’s total population, have now received at least one dose.