The Province of Ontario confirms there have been 21 more COVID-19 related deaths, as new cases spike to 550 bringing the province’s total cases up to 5,276 as of Wednesday morning.
The new cases indicate the biggest single-day jump to date.
So far, a total of 174 people have died from coronavirus in the province and 2,074 patients have recovered.
There are 1,102 cases currently under investigation.
There have been 58 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes, an increase of seven from Tuesday’s report.
The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 51.8% of the cases.
Of the total cases, 46.1% are male and 53.3% are female with 36.4% of cases, 60 years of age and older.
Currently, 605 patients are hospitalized with 246 in ICU and 194 on ventilators.
According to the province, the daily summary is based on data reported by the 34 public health units across Ontario and recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS).
iPHIS is the Ministry of Health’s disease reporting system where data is regularly updated, where data for each day’s summary will be pulled from at 4 pm the previous day.
On Tuesday, Ontario’s government launched an online portal to hire more health care positions across the province to increase the frontline capacity of hospitals, clinics, and assessment centres.
Premier Doug Ford also said that Ontario manufacturing companies will continue to make medical supplies for the health care sector to increase capacity to meet the potential demand needed in the weeks to come.
As of April 6, there are 17,897 cases in Canada with 380 reported deaths.