Ontario reports 3,295 new COVID-19 cases as Stay-at-Home order takes effect

Apr 8 2021, 7:24 am

Ontario reported 3,295 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths Thursday.

This is the seventh day in a row that daily infections have been at or above 3,000. Wednesday had 3,251, Tuesday had 3,065, Monday had 2,938, Sunday had 3,041, Saturday had 3,009, and Friday had 3,089.

Of the new cases, 933 are in Toronto, 649 are in Peel, and 386 are in York Region.

There are currently 1,417 people in the hospital, including 525 in the ICU. Admissions to the ICU crossed the 500 threshold this week, setting a new record for the pandemic.

Ontario has administered approximately 2.8 million doses of vaccine, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

A new Stay-at-Home order for the province began at 12:01 am Thursday. By the end of the four-week order, Ontario hopes 40% of adults would have received their first vaccine dose.

Ontario began Phase 2 of its immunization strategy this week, and it’s now focusing on people with underlying medical conditions, essential workers, and people living in hotspot neighbourhoods.

Schools in Toronto and Peel are closed due to the surging cases.  They will remain open during the Stay-at-Home order elsewhere in the province.

Businesses deemed non-essential need to close except for curbside pickup, and there are new restrictions to access malls. People should stay home except for essential trips, including groceries, medical appointments, exercise, and work that can’t be done remotely.

Ontario has now recorded 374,112 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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