COVID-19: Ontario reports over 6,000 new cases in two days; People 50+ in hot spots can get vaccinated

The province's daily case count crosses the 3,000 mark for the first time since mid-January

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10:45 pm Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case counts are back above the 3,000 mark.

The province confirmed 3,009 new infections on April 3 and 3,089 new cases on the Good Friday holiday yesterday. The last time the daily case count crossed 3,000 was in mid-January.

Public health officials took a break from reporting new cases yesterday, bringing the total number of new cases confirmed today to 6,098.

The jump in new infections comes as Ontario enters a province-wide, four-week lockdown that will see outdoor dining, outdoor fitness, day camps and virtual concerts shut down in Toronto.

The province confirmed 2,557 cases on Thursday, 2,333 on Wednesday, 2,336 on Tuesday and 2,094 on Monday. The seven-day average for new cases is now 2,552, up from 2,038 a week ago.

A total of 39 people have died in the past two days – 16 in the past 24 hours and 23 during the previous day.

Labs in the province completed 59,117 tests in the past 24 hours and 62,333 the previous day, marking a positivity rate of 5.1 per cent and 5.0 per cent, respectively. The positivity rate last Saturday was 4.5 per cent.

Active cases have jumped from 20,875 on Thursday to 23,190 on Saturday.

There are 796 hospitalizations reported today, likely due to lags in data reporting on the weekend. Patients in intensive care are up to 451; the province has been a reporting a new record high for intensive care patients for three consecutive days.

Seven regions in the province confirmed daily increases in the triple-digit range in the past day, including Toronto (954), Peel (434) and York (205).

Of the 16 deaths reported today, one was someone between the ages of 40 and 59. People between the ages of 20 to 39 continue to make up the highest percentage of daily cases, accounting for over a third of the cases reported today.

As of 8 pm last night, the province had administered 2,424,063 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ontario has confirmed 20 more cases of the fast-spreading B117 variant that was first reported in the UK. A total of 2,042 B117 cases have been confirmed and more than 24,400 test specimens have screened positive for variants.

The variant cases are confirmed via lengthy, two-part genomic testing.

To date, there have been 358,558 total COVID-19 cases and 7,428 deaths.

People 50+ in COVID-19 hot spots can get vaccinated

10:30 am People aged 50 and up living in COVID-19 hot spots downtown, Parkdale, Etobicoke and East Toronto are now eligible to get vaccinated via local hospitals.

While the age of eligibility for vaccines is 60 and up at the city-run mass immunization sites that use the provincial booking system, the lowest age of eligibility is now 50 in some hospital-run clinics.

In the west end, Unity Health is now vaccinating people 50+ who live in areas with postal codes starting with M6K, M6N, M8V, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9R, M9V and M9W at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

St. Michael’s Hospital is now accepting bookings from people 50+ who live in downtown areas with postal codes starting with M4X, M5A and M5B.

In East Toronto, people 50+ living in postal codes M4H, M1L, M3C, M4A, M1K, M1M and M1J can book appointments via Michael Garron Hospital.

On Thursday, Humber River Hospital began booking vaccine appointments for 50+ people in the nearby Downsview area.

The list of hospitals and other COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Toronto is here. If you live in a COVID-19 hot spot, check with your local hospital or your MPP for the age of eligibility in your area.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on April 3

The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:

Toronto = 954

Peel Region = 434

York Region = 348

Ottawa = 205

Hamilton = 146

Middlesex-London = 145

Durham Region = 138

Halton Region = 91

Niagara Region = 77

Simcoe Muskoka = 72

Region of Waterloo = 65

Windsor-Essex = 45

Eastern Ontario = 44

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 44

Lambton = 34

Brant County = 27

Sudbury & Districts = 25

Southwestern = 16

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 15

Chatham-Kent = 14

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark = 12

Hastings Prince Edward = 11

Northwestern = 10

Peterborough = 9

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 9

Haldimand-Norfolk = 7

Thunder Bay = 6


Comments (2)

  • Helene GYSELINCK April 4, 2021 09:57 AM

    April Fools Day!! turns out I was pranked when I got the news about Trudeau been on a super yacht in Maragot Bay in St Lucia
    An acquaintaince thought if would be funny to make up that story. I was kinda hoping it was true so we could expose him as the fraud that he is and drop all those crazy restrictions plaquing us for our return into Canada. Wishful thinking I guess!! Thanks for letting me vent.

  • Helene GYSELINCK April 4, 2021 09:58 AM

    I was trying to send a retraced statement about the prank that someone pulled on me.
    April Fools joke…

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