Ontario logs 3,065 new COVID-19 cases ahead of vaccine update

Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today

The province's positivity rate rose to a staggering 8.9 per cent today, compared to 7.8 per cent a day ago, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ontario on Monday reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span, and Toronto Mayor John Tory announced he is working on a plan to vaccinate high-risk workplaces. The province reported over 3,000 cases the three previous days. The last time the province reported a positivity rate that high was three months ago on January 5.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto logged 955 new infections, up from 906 on Monday, while 561 cases were recorded in Peel Region, 320 in York, 119 in Halton and 101 in Durham. Outside of the GTA, there were 165 cases in Ottawa and 132 in Niagara.

Vera Etches collectively say given the rapid deterioration in local indicators across the three public health units, more is required to reverse the surge in COVID-19 numbers.

The number of patients fighting the disease in hospitals continues to creep upwards as the province is in its first week of a month-long shutdown to curb rising cases and hospitalizations.

The Ministry of Health says that 1,161 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19 but it notes that 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data.

B.C. records almost 1,900 new COVID-19 cases in two days
There have been 16,637 county residents who have recovered from the coronavirus with the 86 recoveries recorded Monday. A telephone option is also available and people can register in person at their nearest Service BC location.

Quebec now has 123 people in intensive care for COVID-19, which is still well below the stated capacity of 383.

More than 300 people are hospitalized, including 96 in the ICU.

Though this iteration of lockdown is similar to the one we weathered in the winter, there are a few notable differences, including the fact that "non-essential" retail stores can remain open with reduced capacities and that an official stay-at-home order has not been issued.

Ontario is expected to reveal two days' worth of COVID-19 statistics today after foregoing yesterday's data drop for Easter Sunday.

The latest modelling last week suggested that the province needed a four-week stay-at-home order to stop the spread of the more transmissible COVID-19 variants.

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