The province is back above 3,000 after two consecutive days with daily increases below that mark.
There have been 54,118 tests performed in the past 24 hours, up from nearly 45,800 a day ago. The test numbers usually drop earlier in the week.
Locally, there are 958 new cases in Toronto, 900 in Peel, 291 in York Region, 175 in Durham and 155 in Hamilton.
The province’s test positivity rate is 6.8%.
The province reported 2,941 cases and 44 deaths on Wednesday.
Solved cases now outnumber new cases for 16 consecutive days. There were 3,997 resolved cases, bringing the number of active cases to 34,377.
There are now 1,964 people hospitalized in the province with COVID-19, including 877 in intensive care.
The province confirms 2,839 other cases of variant B.1.1.7, 54 additional cases of variant P.1 detected for the first time in Brazil and nine additional cases of variant B.1351 detected for the first time in South Africa. South.
There have been 141,038 doses of vaccine administered in the past 24 hours. The number marks a new record for daily doses administered.
As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, 5,740,761 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the province and 384,589 people have been fully immunized.
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded across Ontario on Thursday to all residents aged 50 and over.
In addition, essential workers, people with high-risk health conditions, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who were not previously targeted in previous phases of the vaccination campaign will also become eligible.
The worker group includes all elementary and secondary school workers, child care workers, food and industry workers, as well as agricultural and agricultural workers.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province is “actively” working on a plan to vaccinate children 12 years and older after Health Canada approves the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group.
Elliott said the plan could see children aged 12 and older deliver their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to schools, with a second dose given before the start of the new school year in September.
The province reiterated its intention to vaccinate about 65% of Ontarians aged 18 and over with one dose by the end of May.
Elliott said the revised vaccine target would mean 7.9 million people are expected to receive their first dose at the end of the month.