Admissions to intensive care units in Ontario surpassed the 500 mark on Tuesday, as top doctors in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa called on the province to re-implement a stay-at-home order to combat a surge in new COVID-19 infections.
The province said 510 patients out of 1,161 hospitalized are currently in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness.
Another eight people have died in the province as a result of the virus, raising the death toll to 7,458.
Health officials reported 3,065 new cases of COVID-19, with a majority of the infections being in Toronto at 955, followed by 561 in Peel Region, and 320 in York Region. Outside of the GTA, there were 165 cases in Ottawa and 132 in Niagara.
More than 37,500 tests were completed in the previous day as the positivity rate rose to 8.9 per cent — the highest since early January.
The latest modelling last week suggested that the province needed a four-week stay-at-home order to stop the spread of the more transmissible COVID-19 variants. The data showed the risk of ICU admissions is two times higher and the risk of death is 1.5 times higher with the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the U.K.
According to provincial data, there are currently 2,342 cases of a variant of concern (VOC) in Ontario, with the B.1.1.7 variant comprising 2,165 of the total VOC cases.
So far, more than 323,000 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated. The province has administered 2,621,839 total doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.