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Per today's government report, there are 3,436 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 473,901 since the pandemic began; 1,925 people are in hospital, 889 of them in intensive care, and 611 on ventilators. To date, 8,118 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 50 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 56 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 170 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,760 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 53,880 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 5,378,249 since December 2020. 4,626,439 people have received only one dose, and 375,905 people have received both doses
On Sunday, the Ontario government announced that as of today, at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 and over in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. CP24 reports that minutes after bookings opened at 8:00 a.m., the site showed an estimated wait of more than an hour, with tens of thousands of users in the queue.
In addition, the government announced that beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. individuals turning 50 and over in 2021; individuals with high-risk health conditions; people who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers); and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, through the provincial online booking system and call centre or directly through public health units that use their own booking system:
Over the weekend, the Ontario government announced that 40 Per Cent of Ontario Adults Have Received At Least One Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. A statement issued by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, notes that Ontario is on track to offer first dose vaccinations to ten million people by the end of June with a steady supply of vaccines from the federal government.
Ontario is extending its college and university tuition freeze for residents by another year, reports CP24.The province says it wants to protect students' and families' pocketbooks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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