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Per today's government report, there are 3,424 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 483,057 since the pandemic began; 1,964 people are in hospital, 877 of them in intensive care, and 600 on ventilators. To date, 8,213 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 46 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 62 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 163 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,762 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 141,038 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 5,740,761 since December 2020. 4,971,583 people have received only one dose, and 384,589 people have received both doses.
The Ontario government announced that is further expanding its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan with the launch of mobile vaccine units for small to medium-sized businesses in hot spot communities. According to a statement, these mobile units will begin offering vaccinations in Toronto, York and Peel at select businesses that have employees who cannot work from home and have a history or risk of outbreaks. Each public health unit will determine the small to medium-sized businesses where mobile units will be deployed.
People aged 50 and older across Ontario are among a number of new groups who can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting today, reports CP24. The province announced Wednesday the 50-and-older age group, in addition to those with high-risk health conditions, and a number of employees who cannot work from home are now eligible to get the shot.
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The province says it is on track to administer first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60 per cent of Ontario residents aged 18 and older by the end of May, reports CP24. During a vaccine briefing on Wednesday afternoon, officials confirmed that thanks to consistent supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, about 65 per cent of all Ontario adults should receive their first shot by the end of the month.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has approached the governor of Michigan about the possibility of having essential workers who cross the border from Canada vaccinated against COVID-19 stateside, reports CBC News.