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Per today's government report, there are 2,941 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 479,633 since the pandemic began; 2,075 people are in hospital, 882 of them in intensive care, and 620 on ventilators. To date, 8,187 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 52 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 60 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 180 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,761 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 132,603 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 5,599,723 since December 2020. 4,837,477 people have received only one dose, and 381,123 people have received both doses
The Ontario government announced that in response to high levels of COVID-19 vaccination in many long-term-care homes, it will make changes that will help homes safely resume communal dining and social activities. An updated directive from Ontario's chief medical officer of health sets out that long-term care homes can now safely resume activities such as communal dining and indoor events and gatherings, with precautions.
Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it is providing more than $2 billion in new funding to advance and protect public education for the 2021-22 school year. According to a statement, the funding includes more than $1.6 billion in resources to respond to COVID-19 and an $85.5 million commitment to support learning recovery and renewal in response to the ongoing pandemic.
CBC News reports that hospitals may not have to use a triage protocol that would enable doctors to decide who gets life-saving care and who doesn't amid the third wave of the pandemic. In the letter to hospital CEOs dated May 2, Andrew Baker, incident commander of the Ontario Critical Care COVID-19 Command Centre, says projections from the province's science advisory table are "very concerning," although the estimated number of ICU patients due to COVID-19 is lower than estimated two weeks ago. "I also wanted to share with you and your teams that we are increasingly confident that we will not need to activate the Emergency Standard of Care, or recommend the use of the Triage Protocol," Baker writes.
Ontario's closure of outdoor recreational facilities will remain in place until COVID-19 cases decline significantly, the government said Tuesday. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province currently has no timeline for the reopening of facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses, reports CP24.
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CBC News reports that Ontario pharmacies, which can administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people 40 and older, are forced to navigate a complicated administrative process largely because they are not allowed to schedule appointments through the provincial booking portal.