Ontario reports 916 cases of COVID-19, lowest daily total since February

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 916 cases of COVID-19 today, its lowest daily total since February.

The province recorded a single-day tally of 847 new infections on Feb. 17.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says today’s new cases include 226 in Toronto, 165 in Peel Region, and 85 in York Region.

She says there are also 67 in Durham Region and 52 in Hamilton.

Ontario is also reporting 13 more deaths related to the virus.

Today’s data is based on more than 18,200 completed tests.

The province says 97,747 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Sunday’s report, for a total of over nine million.

Also this week, the province is offering residents 80 and older the chance to get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine earlier than expected.

The government announced last week that it would shorten the minimum interval between doses to just four weeks, starting with some of Ontario’s oldest residents.

Those 70 and older will see their interval shortened in mid-June, and after that, residents will become eligible for second doses based on when they received their first shot.