Yesterday there were a total of 1,964 people hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those, 877 were being treated for serious COVID-related illnesses in intensive care and 600 required a respirator to breathe, both slight drops from the day before but still relatively very high. As a benchmark, there were around 420 patients in intensive care units and 315 on ventilators at the peak of the second wave from mid to late January.
The new cases, which occur after two consecutive days below the 3,000 threshold, include 958 in Toronto, 900 in Peel Region, 291 in York Region, 175 in Durham Region and 155 in Hamilton.
The labs performed 54,118 tests and Public Health Ontario recorded a province-wide positivity rate of 6.8%.
The seven-day daily case average fell again to 3,369. The indicator has been down for more than two and a half weeks.
Another 3,997 infections were marked as resolved in today’s provincial update. There are approximately 34,377 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.
The 26 additional deaths of people with the disease bring the official toll to 8,213 people. The seven-day average of daily deaths is 26.3, compared with 28.4.
New one-day high for vaccinations
Meanwhile, public health units collectively administered a new high of 141,038 doses of COVID vaccines yesterday, according to the Department of Health.
Some 5,356,172 people in the province, or about 46.5% of all adults, have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Health officials said yesterday they expected two-thirds of all adults in Ontario to have received a first vaccine by the end of May.
Ontario has used 5,740,761, or approximately 86.5%, of the 6,635,725 total doses it has received to date.
People aged 50 and over across Ontario are among a number of new groups who can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting today.
The province announced Wednesday that the 50 and over age group, in addition to those with high-risk health conditions, and a number of employees who cannot work from home are now eligible to be get vaccinated.
Eligible new workers include those in education, child care, food and manufacturing.
People 18 years of age and older can make appointments for a vaccine if they live in one of the 144 hotspot zip codes designated by the province as of this week. The Region of Peel, however, has announced that it will offer vaccines to all residents aged 18 and over – not just those in sensitive neighborhoods – starting today, weeks ahead of the province’s schedule. .