Ontario to provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout Wednesday

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102.9: The weekly incidence rate, a rolling seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 residents.

2,167 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,925 reported yesterday.

Of the new cases reported today, 931 are from Toronto, 653 cases are from Peel, 275 are from York Region, and 52 are from Simcoe-Muskoka.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says data show pregnant people experience severe illness from COVID-19 at a rate similar to those who are in their 50s.

Henry said on Monday that the province's public-health team and B.C. Immunization Committee were working with perinatal teams to review data on the risks of COVID-19 to pregnant women.

The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There were also 15 more deaths over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 1,596.

The dates highlighted in blue are when the spring melt may have affected the data
The dates highlighted in blue are when the spring melt may have affected the data

2,075 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 2,167 reported yesterday.

"1,877,330 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 91,731 of which are second doses".

The outbreak at the Prince Rupert Hospital has been declared over.

"All Health Canada-approved vaccines are safe and effective, and I encourage everyone to register and receive their vaccine as soon as they are eligible".

There are 886 patients in intensive care units because of COVID-19 (down from 889 yesterday) and 609 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 611 reported yesterday).

"We have reached a new, encouraging point in our pandemic response".

The United Food and Commercial Workers union local 1518 says its members who are grocery workers in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. "My hope is that knowing vaccines are safe and effective at any point in pregnancy will encourage those who are now pregnant to take the opportunity to get vaccinated". Importantly, when those bumps occur, we will pivot and adjust to keep moving forward.

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