Ontario continues to see daily COVID-19 infections above the 3,000 mark, as the third wave of the pandemic threatens to overwhelm hospitals.
Another 17 people have died as a result of the virus in the province, pushing the death toll to 7,475.
Health officials reported 3,215 new cases on Wednesday, a rise from 3,067 cases the previous day. Toronto recorded the highest number of infections with 1,095, followed by 596 in Peel Region, 342 in York Region, 225 in Ottawa and 187 in Durham.
The province said 504 patients out of 1,397 people hospitalized are in the ICU with 311 of them on a ventilator.
In an effort to control the third wave, sources say the Ford government will announce a provincewide stay-at-home order, the closure of non-essential retail and new restrictions for big box stores. Sources say the stay-at-home order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and last for four weeks.
With nearly 50,000 tests completed over the past 24 hours, the province reported a positivity rate of 6.7 per cent – a drop from 8.9 per cent on Tuesday.
Health officials administered a record 104,382 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
An additional 144 cases of a variant of concern were recorded for a total of 2,483 cases, and of that total, 2,291 are from the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.