“This achievement is a true Team Ontario effort,” she said via Twitter on Thursday. “Thank you to our public health units, vaccination sites and other health care partners for your incredible efforts to help us reach this milestone.”
Ontario is expanding vaccine deliveries to the general public to include pharmacies, primary care settings, mobile clinics and is adding more mass vaccination clinics.
“Our greatest hope continues to be vaccines,” Ford said. “If we can get a steady and predictable supply from the federal government, we will begin moving into Phase Two of our COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan next month, expanding the number of people eligible to receive a vaccine. Our overall goal is to vaccinate up to nine million Ontarians across the province between April 2021 and July 2021.”
While the vaccination campaign is making progress, Ford said, variants of concern pose a “serious risk.
“Please do not let your guard down,” he said. “I know the past year has been extremely difficult, but the people of Ontario are resilient and I am confident will get through this crisis together.”
NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OTTAWA AND ONTARIO
Ontario is reporting 1,092 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday and 10 related deaths.
There have now been 313,520 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic in Ontario and of those, 295,128 are now considered resolved.
Ontario’s death toll is 7,109.
There was a high volume of tests with 60,619 tests conducted in the previous 24 hours with a 2.4 per cent positivity rate, which is trending down again after peaking at 3.7 per cent earlier this week.
There are often discrepancies between Ontario’s daily case counts and those logged by local public health units. Ottawa Public Health pulls local data and reports the numbers around 12:30 p.m. each day. OPH says its data is typically the most up-to-date.
Daily case counts continue to rise in surrounding regions, with 18 new cases in the Eastern Ontario region, which includes Cornwall and Alexandria. There were two new cases in Hastings, two in Renfrew County, one in Kingston and eight in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark.
There was one new case of B.1.1.7 in Ottawa, and there are now nine known cases of that strain in the city. There remain two known cases of B.1.351 in Ottawa.
Ontario hit a single-day high with 40,610 vaccine doses administered in the past 24 hours. As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 1,019,407 total doses had been administered, and 281,714 Ontarians had been fully vaccinated.
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