Ontario reports 210 cases, three deaths on Monday

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 210 new COVID-19 cases today and three deaths from the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 37 cases are in Toronto, 26 are in Waterloo Region, 25 in Grey Bruce and 15 in Peel Region.

Monday’s numbers are based on 13,071 tests.

There are 218 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday and 287 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness.

The province says 180,369 vaccine doses have been administered since the last update, for a total of more than 14.2 million.

Provincial data says over 77 per cent of people have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 35 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Also on Monday, all Ontario adults became eligible for an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Everyone aged 18 and over who had a first dose of an mRNA vaccine can book an appointment to receive their second shot ahead of schedule.

Recipients of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccine can get their second dose of either shot as soon as 28 days after their first jab.

Those who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot as a first dose must wait at least eight weeks before getting a second shot, either of the same vaccine or of one of the mRNA vaccines.

The expansion of accelerated second doses comes just two days before Ontario is due to enter Stage 2 of its reopening.

That phase of the reopening plan will allow indoor gatherings of up to five people and see hair salons resume operation for the first time in months.