Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case rate dips below 3,000 two days in a row

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About 45 percent of eligible Lambton residents have the jab

Ontario is reporting under 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

The province reported 2,941 new cases Wednesday and 2,791 Tuesday. There were 44 deaths Wednesday.

The province has been under a Stay-At-Home order since early April to reduce the number of people contracting the virus and ending up in the province’s already crowded intensive care units. Tuesday there were nearly 900 people in ICUs across the province with COVID-19.

In Lambton County, there have been 70 new cases since April 29 including 18 people reported COVID-19 positive Wednesday. Eight-four people are ill right now.

There are six outbreaks including four workplace outbreaks with 18 people ill.

In the meantime, Lambton’s vaccination effort is rolling along. Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, told Lambton County Councillors Wednesday 45 per cent of Lambton’s population over the age of 16 have had at least one dose. Ranade says 52,257 people have been given the first dose, 3,190 people have received two doses.

Ranade says Lambton is expected to receive a steady level of vaccines – about 5,000 per week – but the supply may increase in the second and third week. The federal government just announced an additional Moderna vaccines in May.