COVID-19: Ontario reports 3,215 new cases; Ottawa has 196 new cases, hospitalization stats rise

The province set a new record on Tuesday by administering more than 104,000 vaccine doses.

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  • Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce a provincewide stay-at-home order Wednesday

Ontario reported 3,215 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the province prepares for a stay-at-home order expected to be announced later in the day.

The latest figures, tweeted by Health Minister Christine Elliott, show the hot spots continue to be Toronto, with 1,095 new infections, Peel with 596, and York with 342.

There were 17 more deaths reported Wednesday, while 2,407 more cases are listed as resolved.

There are 1,397 people in hospital, a jump of 236 from the day before, and 504 people in intensive care. Of those, 311 are on ventilators because of COVID-related illness.

The province says there have been a total of 370,817 cases of COVID-19 and 7,475 deaths related to the virus.

In areas around Ottawa, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes Hawkesbury and Cornwall, is reported 32 new cases (3,458 total cases); Leeds, Grenville & Lanark had 13 new cases (1,321 total);
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington reported 22 new cases (970 total cases). Renfrew County & District reported no new cases (455 cases in total).


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Among variants of concern, the province reported 126 new cases of B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, one new case of B.1.351 (S. Africa) variant and 14 new cases of P.1 (Brazil) variant. There are 2,483 lab-confirmed cases of variants of concern

The province also set a new record on Tuesday by administering more than 104,000 vaccine doses, Elliott tweeted.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the stay-at-home order at a news conference at 2 p.m.

The order would take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and last for four weeks, according to the Canadian Press.

Under the new order, only grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to let customers to shop indoors and big box retailers will be restricted to selling only grocery and pharmacy items in-store.

Ford’s cabinet made the decision about the stay-at-home order during a meeting Tuesday night.

The province has not closed schools, but local public health chiefs in Toronto, Peel and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph ordered all schools closed until at least April 19. Ottawa school remain open.

It is the sixth time in seven days that Ontario’s COVID-19 cases have jumped by more than 3,000 and provincial public health chief Dr. David Williams warned that number could rise dramatically following the Easter long weekend, when testing numbers were down and gatherings likely.

As of Wednesday, mass COVID-19 vaccination were extended to include anyone over 60 in most of Ontario as the province enters Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout plan. People 60 and over in Ottawa and other regions will be able to start booking vaccination appointments through the provincial portal.

Latest COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reported 196 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Wednesday.

There have now been 18,632 cases and 470 deaths since the pandemic began.

Hospital cases remain elevated, with 69 people currently in hospital and 20 in ICU.

There are 23 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant of concern and six confirmed cases of the B. 1.351 (South Africa) variant.

There have been five deaths associated with the VOCs. A total of 583 samples remain under examination.

There were two new outbreaks reported in health care and congregate living facilities, for a total of 29 open outbreaks. One new outbreak was reported in the community category, for a a total of seven. There were no new outbreaks reported in schools or child care facilities, with nine ongoing outbreaks.

According to OPH, the seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 of population is now 132.1, the testing positivity rate is 8.8  and the R(t) number is 1.6. Reproduction numbers over 1 mean the virus is spreading.

Queensway-Carleton Hospital said Wednesday it is postponing non-urgent elective surgeries that require admission for the next four weeks.


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“QCH is at 113% capacity,” the Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Foundation tweeted.

“We have 24 admitted COVID-19 patients and 138 patients on isolation precautions – an all-time high for us. We will be reviewing this decision twice a week and making adjustments – adding or reducing surgeries as our occupancy and staffing permits.”

Meanwhile, the city announced that all in-person April Break Day Camps that were scheduled from April 12-16 have been cancelled due to the upcoming provincewide shutdown.

Virtual camp sessions will continue as scheduled and can be viewed at

Registrants for the in-person day camps will be contacted directly to be advised of the cancellation and refund process.

For up-to-date information on recreation programming, visit or follow the Ottawa Recreation, Culture and Facilities Facebook page.

Latest COVID-19 news in Quebec

Quebec reported 1,270 new cases of COVID-19, and eight new deaths Tuesday.

Hospitalizations jumped to 543, an increase of 29 cases, the highest in more than three weeks. Two more people are in ICU, for a total of 123 patients.

In the Outaouais, there were a record 178 new cases and one new death reported in the previous 24 hours. There have been a total of 8,428 cases and 175 deaths in the region since the pandemic began.

There were 43,631 additional vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,636,310.


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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 319,802 cases and 10,709 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 298,298 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

Latest COVID-19 news national

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is standing by its emergency recommendation to extend the delivery of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines up to four months.

NACI’s experts issued a recommendation in early March to extend the dosing interval from three or four weeks to as long as 16 weeks, because vaccine supplies were limited and they felt getting some protection to more people faster was needed.

Its followup recommendation, based on further study of vaccine, NACI said it still believe that to be the case.

“This helps to provide direct protection to the individual and those around them and may also help to prevent spread in the community,” said the report released Wednesday.

The panel says it expects the administration of second doses won’t end up taking as long as four months based on Canada’s expected vaccine supply.

As of Wednesday morning, Canada had recorded a total of 1,020,893 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 60,299 active cases, and have been 23,141 deaths. There were 6,520 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 158.66 per 100,000 people.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,328. There were 23 new reported deaths Tuesday.

There have been 28,364,201 tests completed.


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Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

Brewer Ottawa Hospital/CHEO Assessment Centre: Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Moodie Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Heron Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ray Friel Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Howard Darwin Centennial Arena on Merivale Road: The site will remain open for at least two weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for anyone older than four. Those wanting to be tested must make an appointment by calling 1-877-232-8828, a line scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The mobile testing centre at the National Arts Centre is now closed and its resources now moved back to its old site at 300 Coventry Road. The Coventry Road site will open for testing on Wednesday.

Ottawa COVID-19 testing
Ontario vaccination
Call centre: 1-888-999-6488. The Vaccine Information Line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.
Vaccine eligibility in Ottawa:

To book a pharmacy vaccine: Eligible adults aged 55 and over (if 60 or older as of the day of vaccination or, if will be 60 or older in 2021) who are interested in booking an appointment, can visit to find a participating pharmacy


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