Ontario reports lowest daily COVID-19 case count in three weeks

Apr 27 2021, 2:26 pm

Ontario reported 3,265 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 29 more deaths.

New cases daily cases haven’t been this low since April 7.

Case counts from this week included Monday’s 3,510, Sunday’s 3,947, Saturday’s 4,094, Friday’s 4,505, and Wednesday’s 4,212.

The weekly average has come down slightly since the implementation of the current Stay-at-Home order and the closing of schools. The average is currently below 4,000, down from a high of 4,370 ten days ago.

Of the latest cases, 1,044 are in Toronto, 673 are in Peel, and 452 are in York Region.

Ontario has administered approximately 4.8 million doses of vaccine so far, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

The province also lowered the vaccination eligibility age in hotspots to 45 on Tuesday and announced childcare workers in hotspots would be eligible to book an appointment later this week.

Eligibility in Ontario varies depending on age, postal code, occupation, existing health condition, or if they are an Indigenous adult.

Mass immunization clinics are currently vaccinating anyone 60 and up and hotspot residents 45 and over. Appointments can be booked via the province’s portal or a local health authority if a region isn’t using the provincial booking system.

Pharmacies are giving AstraZeneca shots to Ontarians 40 and up.

Teachers and childcare workers can book a spot at a mass immunization clinic, but only over the phone.

Hospitals, including University Health Network in Toronto, are working to vaccinate clinically vulnerable individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, Indigenous adults, as well as faith leaders who visit people in person.

Mobile pop-up clinics in hotspots will vaccinate anyone over 18. Appointments at mobile sites generally can’t be booked online to prevent people from ineligible postal codes taking vaccination supply meant for harder-hit neighbourhoods.

Ontario has seen 452,126 total cases and 7,964 deaths to date.

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