Ontario reports nearly 3,700 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths as ICU patients surpass 800

Ontario is reporting 3,682 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The provincial total now stands at 432,805.

Thursday’s case count has dipped back below 4,000 after Wednesday recorded 4,212 new infections. On Tuesday, 3,469 new cases were recorded but prior to that, cases were above 4,000 for the previous six days.

According to Thursday’s report, 1,131 cases were recorded in Toronto, 507 in Peel Region, 436 in York Region, 279 in Ottawa and 200 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 200 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,829 as 40 more deaths were recorded, a third wave high.

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Meanwhile, 378,417 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 88 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 4,597 from the previous day. There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Ontario reported 2,350 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 15 from the previous day) with an all-time high of 806 patients in intensive care units (up by 16) and 588 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 22).

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 41,962 — down from the previous day when it was at 42,917, but up from April 15 when it was at 38,341. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000.

The government said 54,246 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 33,327 tests awaiting results. A total of 13,722,749 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Thursday was 7.8 per cent. That figure is down from Wednesday’s at 7.9 per cent, and is down from last week when it was 8 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a total of 4,266,802 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 134,920 vaccines in the last day. There are 351,354 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

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.

— More to come.

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