Ontario reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases as stay-at-home order takes effect

Health officials in Ontario are reporting more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the third consecutive day as a provincewide stay-at-home order takes effect.

The 3,295 infections logged Thursday are up from the 3,215 reported on Wednesday and the 3,065 reported on Tuesday.

The last time case numbers were this high was on January 17 when 3,422 cases were added, three days after the province’s first stay-at-home order was introduced. 

Ontario’s seven-day average for number of cases reported is currently 3,093. This time last week, that number was 2,341.

Meanwhile, ICU admissions across the province related to COVID-19 have reached an all-time high. Right now, there are 525 patients in intensive care and 331 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

In total, there are 1,417 people in an Ontario hospital with COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health.  

On Wednesday, the government introduced its second stay-at-home order in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, while also relieving the strain on the province’s health-care system.

The province also declared its the third state of emergency since the start of the pandemic to invoke the new measures, which include the closure of all non-essential businesses to indoor shopping for at least 28 days.

This is a breaking news story. More to come.


The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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