COVID-19: Ontario new cases hit seven-week low; woman in her 20s becomes Ottawa's youngest fatalityAcross Ontario, more than 6.35 million vaccine doses have been administered, including 112,103 the previous day.
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Article contentOntario reported 2,073 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest number of infections logged in a 24-hour window in almost seven weeks.
Tuesday’s new case total includes 77 in Ottawa, 17 in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, three in Eastern Ontario, and two in both Leeds, Grenville & Lanark and Renfrew County and District.
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Province-wide, 15 additional deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of lives lost to the disease in Ontario to 8,342.
Across Ontario, more than 6.35 million vaccine doses have been administered, including 112,103 the previous day. Close to 397,000 people have been fully vaccinated, with two doses.
On Monday, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health expressed his view that daily cases in the province must total fewer than 1,000 before the current stay-at-home order is lifted, given the presence of more transmissible variants of concern.
“We do not want a fourth wave,” said Dr. David Williams.
Vaccine booking through the provincial system (online or at 1-833-943-3900) opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday to people with certain health conditions, as well as a second group of workers whose jobs do not allow them to work from home. Review the list of health conditions here, and list of eligible job categories here.
Latest COVID-19 news in OttawaA woman in her 20s is among the 525 Ottawa residents with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 who’ve died since the pandemic began, Ottawa Public Health data shows.
She is the youngest Ottawa resident with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to die, according to OPH data.
The data also show one person in their 30s has died, five people in their 40s, 16 in their 50s, 58 in their 60s, 95 in their 70s, 189 in their 80s and 162 in their 90s.
This newspaper has reached out to OPH for additional information about the death of the patient in her 20s, including when it occurred.
Latest COVID-19 news in QuebecQuebec reported 660 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths Tuesday.
The nine new deaths brought the toll to 11,002 since the pandemic began.
There were 540 people in hospital, an increase of three, while 128 patients were in ICU, five more than the previous report.
In the Outaouais region, 27 new cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, for a pandemic total of 11,700. The death toll is at 205.
The province reported 61,051 additional vaccine doses were administered Monday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 359,456 cases. A total of 340,637 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.
COVID-19 in Canada: Alberta halts use of AZAlberta has stopped administering first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in favour of other types of immunization, the Globe and Mail newspaper has reported.
The newspaper quotes Kristin Klein, the co-lead of the province’s vaccine task force, as saying the province has decided to shift to mRNA vaccines for first doses.
The report says the move is partly due to the greater supply of mRNA shots, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna ones, and partly due to concerns over a rare blood clot condition linked to AstraZeneca.
Klein says AstraZeneca shots will still be made available to those who don’t want an mRNA vaccine or can’t receive one for health reasons.
She also says in the report that a decision has not yet been made on what shot will be administered as a second dose to those who were already given a shot of AstraZeneca.
Use of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been under added scrutiny in recent weeks, particularly after Canada’s panel of vaccine experts recommended that people who aren’t at a high risk of COVID-19 may want to wait to get a dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
The chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has since said, however, that those who already received a dose of AstraZeneca shouldn’t feel like they made a poor choice.
Nearly all the 2.3 million doses of AstraZeneca delivered so far have been used. Officials have said another 650,000 doses are expected this month, and an additional million in June, though no precise dates have been given.
Canada has confirmed 12 cases of VITT — vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia — and three deaths.
Ontario, meanwhile, became the latest province to indicate Monday it will likely allow people to mix COVID-19 vaccine brands on the second dose as more Pfizer and Moderna shipments arrive.
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