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This article was last updated on Friday at 4:58 p.m.
Per today's government report, there are 3,887 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 463,364 since the pandemic began; 2,201 people are in hospital, 883 of them in intensive care, and 632 on ventilators. To date, 8,050 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 49 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 52 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 148 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,757 confirmed resident deaths and 11 confirmed staff deaths.
Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 112,214 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 5,139,984 since December 2020. 4,397,764 people have received only one dose, and 371,110 people have received both doses.
In response to an expected increase in vaccine supply from the federal government, the Ontario government announced yesterday that it will ramp up its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to further support at-risk communities. This includes a targeted commitment to allocate 50 per cent of upcoming vaccine shipments to hot spot communities as identified by postal code. Approximately 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Ontario per week at the start of May, ramping up to 940,000 doses per week by the end of May. The government has also developed an anticipated schedule to expand eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine throughout May, with individuals aged 18 and older eligible to book through the provincial booking system as early as the week of May 24, 2021.
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The provincial government announced that effective today, individuals aged 55 and over are eligible to book a vaccine appointment. This same day, a pilot will launch through select pharmacy locations in hot spot communities to administer the Pfizer vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over. Eight stores in Peel and eight in Toronto will participate in this pilot, with each location receiving approximately 150 doses per week to help Ontario continue to grow provincewide capacity to vaccinate as many individuals as quickly as possible. This is expected to expand to additional public health units later in May following evaluation of the program and as supply allows. Pharmacies will continue to use their own booking system for appointments.
Speaking to CP24 on Friday morning, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said officials hope to soon release details about what outdoor activities can resume."I really think it is important that we don't just talk about golf but we talk about outdoor activities in general," she said.
Ontario's latest COVID-19 modelling shows that while new COVID-19 cases are beginning to decline, hospitals are still under strain — and a fourth wave remains possible. Read the full briefing on TVO.org.