Ontario is reporting 3,215 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 370,817.
Wednesday’s case count is higher than Tuesday’s which saw 3,065 new infections. On Monday, 2,938 new cases were recorded and 3,041 on Sunday. It is also the largest daily increase since mid-January.
According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 1,095 cases were recorded in Toronto, 596 in Peel Region, 342 in York Region, 225 in Ottawa, 187 in Durham Region, 113 in Middlesex-London and 104 in Hamilton.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 100 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 7,475 as 17 more deaths were recorded.
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Meanwhile, 335,983 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 91 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,407 from the previous day.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 27,359 — up from the previous day when it was at 26,568, and up from March 31 when it was at 20,155. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.
The government said 49,889 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 41,624 tests awaiting results. A total of 12,905,286 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.
Test positivity for Wednesday was 6.7 per cent. That figure is down from Tuesday’s at 8.9 per cent, but is up from last week when it was 4.8 per cent.
Ontario reported 1,397 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 236 from the previous day) with 504 in intensive care units (down by six) and 311 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by one).
As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the provincial government reported administering 2,726,221 total COVID-19 vaccine doses. That marks an increase of 104,382 vaccines in the last day, a single-day high as the province has never administered more than 100,000 vaccines in 24 hours. There are 324,148 people fully vaccinated with two doses.
“We’re getting needles into arms as quickly and safely as possible and we continue to ramp up capacity. Vaccines remain our best defense in the fight against COVID-19. Please sign up when it’s your turn,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Wednesday.
Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.
Yesterday, Ontario administered 104,382 vaccines — a new record!
With the increased supply received over the weekend, we’re now able to expand access to vaccines in pharmacies and doctors’ offices, as we open more mass vaccination sites across Ontario.
Let’s go #TeamOntario!
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 7, 2021
— More to come.
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