Ontario reports 2,961 new COVID-19 cases, 74 deaths

The province prepares to lay out legal parameters for the stay-at-home order taking effect at midnight

Ontario confirmed nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and 74 deaths on January 13.

Thirty-six of today’s deaths were long-term care residents and one was a health-care worker. To date, the virus has killed 5,127 people in the province, including 3,063 long-term care residents.

The alarming daily death toll comes as the provincial government prepares to lay out the “legal parameters” of a stay-at-home order set to take effect at 12:01 am on January 14.

Premier Doug Ford declared a new stage of emergency after modelling data showed daily deaths were expected to double in the weeks ahead from 50 to 100 per day.

Meanwhile, new infections could surge to 20,000 per day with a three-to-five per cent growth rate, overwhelming hospitals.

The actions will allow the government to create emergency orders, such as a residential eviction ban, and beef up enforcement of people and workplaces caught violating new restrictions, including limits on outdoor gatherings and reduced operating hours for non-essential businesses.

The seven-day average for new infections – considered a more accurate indicator of virus spread – is now 3,465, down from 3,523 yesterday but up from 3,113 this time last week.

Ontario reported 2,903 new infections on Tuesday, 3,338 on Monday, 3,945 on Sunday, 3,443 on Saturday and an all-time high of 4,249 on Friday.

Labs in the province completed more than 50,900 tests in the past 24 hours for a positivity rate of six per cent.

“Locally, there are 738 new cases in Toronto, 536 in Peel, 245 in Windsor-Essex County, 219 in York Region and 171 in Hamilton,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.

She also said 144,784 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Ontario as of 8 pm last night.

Hospitalizations are down overall, but intensive care unit (ICU) admissions continue to rise. There are now 1,674 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals, including 385 in ICUs. There are 276 people on ventilators.

At this time last week, there were 1,463 patients in hospital.

Another 3,392 cases have resolved since yesterday. To date, there have been 224,984 COVID-19 cases in Ontario and 190,221 of those infections are resolved.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on January 13

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

Toronto = 738

Peel = 536

Windsor-Essex =245

York Region = 219

Hamilton = 171

Ottawa = 154

Waterloo = 146

Niagara Region = 131

Durham Region = 119

Middlesex-London = 103

Halton Region = 88

Lambton = 72

Southwestern = 52

Simcoe Muskoka = 50

Brant County = 22

Sudbury = 18

Haldimand-Norfolk = 16

Chatham-Kent = 14

Eastern Ontario = 12

Huron Perth = 11

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 11

Peterborough = 10

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark = 5

Grey Bruce = 5


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