Ontario reported 4,227 new COVID-19 infections and 18 new deaths Friday.
That’s the province’s second-highest daily total ever. Ontario hasn’t seen that many new cases discovered in a day since 4,249 were reported on January 8, 2021 during the second wave.
Friday’s count is significantly more than the 3,000 or so cases a day Ontario has been seeing all week. Thursday had 3,295, Wednesday had 3,251, Tuesday had 3,065, Monday had 2,938, Sunday had 3,041, and Saturday had 3,009.
Of the latest cases, 1,218 are in Toronto, 762 are in Peel, and 532 are in York Region.
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There are currently 1,492 people in the hospital with COVID-19. This including 552 in the ICU, an all-time high for the province. Climbing admissions prompted Ontario hospitals to halt non-emergency surgeries this week.
According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, approximately 2.9 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario to date.
As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 2,940,166 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
Today’s numbers will be available at 10:30 a.m. at https://t.co/ypmgZbVRvn.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) April 9, 2021
Toronto opened up vaccine eligibility at City-run clinics to people as young as 50 living in certain hotspot neighbourhoods. Outside of those identified postal codes, people 60 and above are eligible to book a vaccination appointment at the City’s clinics.
Participating Toronto pharmacies are also accepting bookings from people 55 and up to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Premier Doug Ford received his first dose of AstraZeneca at an Etobicoke pharmacy on Friday morning.
Ontario is currently under a province-wide Stay-at-Home order due to the rising COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions. Lasting four weeks, Ford hopes many people will be able to get vaccinated.
The province has a target of 40% of Ontario adults receiving their first dose of vaccine by the time the order ends.
Ontario has seen 378,339 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.