Intensive care unit admissions hit another high as the province issues orders to preserve hospital capacity
10:45 am Ontario reported 3,813 new cases of COVID-19 on April 10, as intensive care unit admissions climbed to 585 – another record high.
Today’s count is down from the 4,227 cases reported yesterday – the second-highest daily increase since the pandemic began. The seven-day average for new infections is now 3,213, up from 2,552 confirmed last Saturday.
The number of patients in hospitals has risen to 1,524, including a record-high 585 intensive care unit patients. There are 384 patients in Ontario hospitals on ventilators.
On Friday, the Ford government issued emergency orders to increase critical care capacity. Hospitals will now be able to transfer patients without consent during a “major surge event.” Additionally, Home and Community Care Support Services organizations and Ontario Health will be able to redeploy staff, including nurses, to hospitals experiencing capacity issues.
On Monday, hospitals in Southern Ontario must “ramp down” elective surgeries and non-urgent activities to preserve critical care and human resource capacity.
“At this time, the ramp down instruction does not apply to the Northern Ontario Health Region,” the government said. “Pediatric specialty hospitals can also continue their plans to care for children and youth and may help if required to support other regional hospitals.”
The virus has killed another 19 people in the past 24 hours, including two long-term care home residents. The provincial death toll is now 7,531.
Medical labs completed more than 61,400 tests in the past day. The positivity rate is now 6.5 per cent, up from five per cent a week ago.
The Greater Toronto Area continues to lead the province in new infections.
“Locally, there are 973 new cases in Toronto, 669 in Peel, 442 in York Region, 289 in Ottawa and 281 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
As of 8 pm last night, the province had administered 3,044,949 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The province is in the midst of a third wave and the first weekend under a stay-at-home order. The government has also shifted its vaccination strategy to make all adults age 18 and over eligible for vaccinations in high-transmission areas via mobile clinics.
People aged 50 and up living in Toronto hot spots are also eligible to receive vaccinations via city-run immunization clinics.
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 973
Peel Region = 669
York Region = 442
Ottawa = 289
Durham Region = 281
City of Hamilton = 146
Middlesex-London = 141
Niagara Region = 120
Simcoe Muskoka = 113
Halton Region = 112
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 98
Region of Waterloo = 76
Windsor-Essex = 37
Sudbury & Districts = 30
Haldimand-Norfolk = 28
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 27
Brant County = 27
Eastern Ontario = 23
Thunder Bay = 20
Lambton = 19
Hastings Prince Edward = 18
Southwestern = 18
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 17
Peterborough = 17
Porcupine = 14
Northwestern = 12
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark = 12
Renfrew County = 9
Grey Bruce = 7
Chatham-Kent = 6
Huron Perth = 6
Algoma = 5