Ontario reported the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in almost week on Tuesday with 74 more people dying from the virus.
The new deaths bring the provincial death toll to 5,127. Most of those deaths (3,063) were people living in long-term care.
On Tuesday, the province released new modelling numbers that project daily deaths could climb to 100 a day between now and the end of February.
While the number of hospitalizations across Ontario fell slightly to 1,674, the number of patients in the ICU remained unchanged at 385 while those on ventilators increased to 276.
Tuesday’s modelling also projected that if the new U.K. variant spreads, Ontario could see 12,000 daily cases of COVID-19 per day. No new cases of the U.K. variant were reported Tuesday, but there were eight on Tuesday for a total of 14 province-wide.
Despite the grim prognosis from health officials, daily cases have dipped below 3,000 for the last two days straight, with 2,961 reported on Wednesday and 2,903 on Tuesday.
Prior to Tuesday, the daily case count had surpassed 3,000 for eight straight days.
Toronto remains the hotspot in the province with 738 new cases, followed by 536 in Peel, 245 in Windsor-Essex County, 219 in York Region and 171 in Hamilton.
Health officials say a total of 11,231 vaccine doses were administered as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night with 8,778 individuals having already received the required two doses of the shot. So far, the province has administered 144,784 total doses of the vaccine.
The province says it processed 50,931 tests in the previous 24 hour period – the first time in two days the total has surpassed 50,000. There are now more than 61,000 tests still remaining to be processed.
The latest update comes as the province issued a state of emergency and stay-at-home order, which goes into effect 12:01 a.m. Thursday.