COVID-19 cases in Ontario drop below 1600 as positivity rate climbs

COVID-19 cases in Ontario drop below 1600 as positivity rate climbs

Beginning March 10, 2021, select pharmacies in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Toronto and Windsor-Essex County are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people between the ages of 60 and 64.

Ontario is reporting more than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19 today as virus-related hospitalizations surge in the province.

The Ontario government is providing $1.2 billion in new money to help the province's hospitals.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases has climbed from 1,334 to 1,667 week-over-week.

No COVID deaths for 1st time in 5 months
This variant is concerning because it is associated with increased transmissibility. "Testing is more important than ever". To date, 1,437 people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, out of 92,571 confirmed cases to date.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the government is doing everything they can to protect those who are most vulnerable and will ensure they reach every Ontarian eligible for vaccination in Phase One as they expand the vaccination program further in the coming weeks. "This funding will help hospitals strengthen their financial position and recover lost revenue due to the pandemic".

Ford says by spending more money now, hospitals will be in a better position to address the next challenge of reducing surgical backlogs.

In other developments, restaurant workers will be getting inoculated as part of Phase Two of the vaccine rollout.

There are nineteen new cases of the B.1.17 variant bringing the total to 1,359, one B.1.351 variant case was removed with that total now at 47 and one new P.1 variant case was reported with that total now at 37. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12% of its population a single dose.

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