For the fifth straight day, Ontario is reporting more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 as ICU admissions continue to climb.
Provincial officials confirm 3,813 new infections on Saturday, which is a drop from the near record total of 4,227 the previous day. However, it is the eighth day in the last nine that new cases have surpassed 3,000.
The rolling seven-day average of new cases now sits at an all-time high of 3,370. A week ago it was 2,552.
The province says there are 973 new cases in Toronto, while Peel (669) and York (442) regions reported a decrease in new infections following single-day highs on Friday.
Forty-five per cent of the new cases (1,722) are variants of concern as the province reports a total of 13,423 VOCs across the province.
An additional 19 people have died from the virus, including two from long-term care settings, raising the provincial total to 7,531.
Hospitalizations continue to trend into record territory with 1,524 people infected with COVID-19 currently admitted to hospital, 585 of those patients are in the ICU, according to the Ministry of Health.
The province issued two emergency orders late Friday to try to deal with the surging number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospital. One allows hospitals to transfer patients without their consent and the other will redeploy home-care workers to the facilities. Both orders will remain in effect for at least two weeks.
The orders come as Ontario hospitals prepare to start ramping down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures on Monday to ensure they can treat COVID patients.
For the fourth straight day the province administered more than 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, pushing the provincial total to 3,044,949 total doses given to date. A total of 330,982 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated with two doses.
The province says 61,439 tests were processed in the previous 24-hour period, as the positivity rate increased slightly to 6.5 per cent. It’s the third straight day more than 61,000 tests were carried out.