Ontario reports nearly 3,700 new COVID-19 cases

Apr 13 2021, 7:21 am

Ontario reported 3,670 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths Tuesday.

That’s in line with the high case counts Ontario has been seeing all week.

Monday had 4,401, Sunday saw a record-breaking 4,456, Saturday had 3,813, Friday had 4,227, Thursday had 3,295, Wednesday had 3,251.

Of the latest cases, 1,016 are in Toronto, 613 are in Peel, and 519 are in York Region.

Ontario has administered 3.3 million doses of vaccine so far, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Ontario announced on Monday that schools would remain closed to in-class learning after the April spring break due to rising COVID-19 transmission. Officials didn’t give a date for when schools would re-open.

Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa predicts the city alone could see 2,500 new cases per day if transmission stays the same.

At the same time, Ontario is racing to get vaccines in arms to slow the growing third wave.

People age 60 and up are eligible to book an appointment at City and hospital-run vaccination clinics.

Eligibility is lowered to 50 and up for people living in select postal codes identified as hotspots. Teachers living or working in these postal codes are also eligible.

People age 18 to 49 living in these hotspots will also be eligible for a shot when mobile pop-up clinics visit their areas. Toronto officials said Monday that spots at these clinics won’t be bookable online, and that residents should instead listen for updates from local community leaders.

On Tuesday, Unity Health is holding a pop-up clinic at a Toronto Community Housing building and on Monday health workers vaccinated anyone over 40 at a mosque near Humber River Hospital.

Ontario is currently under a Stay-at-Home order, which will stay in place for at least four weeks.

The province has seen 394,679 COVID-19 cases and 7,582 deaths since the pandemic began.

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