Provincial COVID tally edges back down after days of rising caseloads, seven-day average hits highest rate since mid-June

325 new cases province-wide, 28 in Simcoe-Muskoka

For the first time in five days, the number of new COVID cases in Ontario was lower than the day prior.

Public Health Ontario reported 325 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, down nearly a hundred from Sunday’s tally, but higher than just one week ago, when health officials confirmed 168. The bump in case count has brought the province’s seven-day rolling average to 283. That represents the highest average since mid-June.

graph courtesy Public Health Ontario

The spate of higher case counts began three weeks to the day following Ontario’s entry into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. Epidemiologists have predicted this bump, with indoor business operations resuming along with the more communicable Delta variant taking hold. However, with a high rate of vaccination, it is said to be unlikely the rise in case count could spur another lockdown.

Public Health Ontario reported another 29,949 vaccine doses were administered before 8 p.m. Sunday, with 19,902,159 doses administered to date. There were 9,343,260 people fully vaccinated across Ontario, according to Monday’s report. Health officials also confirmed another 192 recoveries and no new deaths as a result of COVID-19.

Locally, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, in its first update since Friday. There were also 9 additional recoveries and no new deaths. To date, 69.7% of Simcoe-Muskoka residents have gotten their first shot, 60.4% their second.