For the second time in five days, the province has reported no increase in its COVID-19 death toll.
Public Health Ontario reported no COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, just as it did on the Wednesday prior. Before that, the last time we saw no COVID deaths was in September 2020.
Monday’s revelation comes as the province reported 114 new cases of COVID-19. This is the lowest rise in daily case count noted since before the second wave of the pandemic last Fall. There were 96 more recoveries in the day’s report. Public Health Ontario also noted there are have now been more than 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario, while nearly 7 million adults are fully vaccinated.
The province reported 142 people in hospital for treatment of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase of 12 patients since Sunday’s report. There are also 204 patients in the ICU with COVID, an increase of two. There were 15,933 COVID-19 tests run by 8 p.m. Sunday, giving us a per cent positivity rate of below one.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported just two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday – its first report since Friday. There was one additional recovery and one more death recorded over the weekend.
In Simcoe-Muskoka, the number of people who have gotten their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine sits at 66.6 per cent, which is exactly one per cent higher than it was a week ago. In that same time, the number of people fully vaccinated rose over eight per cent to 44.2 per cent.
Ontario is preparing to move into Step Three of the government’s Roadmap to Reopen as of this Friday, July 16. Step Three allows for expanded indoor events and services, including indoor dining and gym use, while movie theatres and gaming centres will also be permitted to reopen.
On Monday, Simcoe-Muskoka’s medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner, pointed out the risk of entering Step Three earlier than scheduled; saying the Delta variant is still a factor in recovery. The health unit reported seven new variant cases among previously positive tests since Friday, while to date, there have been 79 Delta variant cases in our region out of 4,955 variant cases to date.