Ontario reports 210 new cases of COVID, record high vaccinations

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 210 new cases of COVID-19 today and four more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 52 new cases in the Region of Waterloo, 23 in Peel Region, and 19 in Hamilton.

She says there are also 18 new infections in Toronto and 17 in Grey Bruce Region.

Today’s data is based on nearly 25,900 completed tests.

The Ministry of Health says 215 people are in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 145 are on a ventilator.

Elliott says a record high 268,884 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Wednesday for a total of more than 16.3 million given out in the province.

Ontario is involving more family doctors in its immunization effort as it tries to reach those who’ve yet to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province will also be providing public health units with sociodemographic data on those who’ve had a jab to support further vaccine outreach.

More than 78 per cent of Ontario adults have received their first dose and the province wants to reach more.

It says more primary care providers are being brought on board to help administer vaccines and connect with harder-to-reach patients.

Data on patients who have and haven’t been vaccinated is being shared with primary care providers to help with outreach.

Meanwhile, voluntarily collected sociodemographic data that will be shared with public health units covers race, ethnic origin, language, household income and household size and officials say it can’t be used for purposes other than the vaccine rollout.