CNR Health COVID: Ontario cases top 3,000 for second day in a row

CNR Health COVID: Ontario cases top 3,000 for second day in a row
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The hot spots continue to be Toronto, with 876 new cases, followed by Peel with 817, York with 300, Durham with 205 and Hamilton with 148.

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Blair Crawford

CNR Health Peel Region Paramedic Ryan Kingsborough, administers a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Peel Region Paramedic Ryan Kingsborough, administers a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Photo by Christopher Katsarov /The Canadian Press

NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OTTAWA AND ONTARIO

Ontario reported 3,166 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a dip from the day before, but still above 3,000 for the second day in a row after two days of numbers below that threshold.

The hot spots continue to be Toronto, with 876 new cases, followed by Peel with 817, York with 300, Durham with 205 and Hamilton with 148.

Ottawa Public Health reported 110 new cases on Friday and one new death. The city now has 1,553 active cases. COVID-19 has claimed 520 lives.

There are 88 people in Ottawa hospitals, and 25 in intensive care.

OPH reported one new outbreak in health-care institutions for a total of 20 and one new community outbreak for a total of seven.

In regions around Ottawa, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 15 new cases for a total of 4,370; Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington added 18 new cases for a total of 1,377; Leeds Grenville & Lanark District reported one new case for a total of 1,659; and Renfrew County reported five new cases for a total of 620.

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The province currently has 41,884 active cases of the disease.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the province had administered 5,885,485 vaccination doses, Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted. The province completed more than 51,300 tests on Thursday.

Ontario total case count now stands at 486,223, with 444,342 resolved. COVID-19 has killed 8,236 people in the province, including 23 deaths added on Friday.

Nearly 2,000 people remained hospitalized with 768 in intensive care and 570 of those on ventilators.

Cameron Love, CEO of the Ottawa Hospital, told CFRA news Friday morning that the province has stopped transferring COVID-19 patients to Ottawa from the Greater Toronto Area. In total, Ottawa accepted more than 50 patients from the GTA when hospitals in that area were stretched to the limits by the surge in admissions during the province’s third wave.

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Speaking in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 41 per cent of Canadian adults have now received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine and the federal government has shipped 26 million rapid test kits to the provinces and territories.

“Supporting businesses, organizations and the public safety with access to rapid tests is the key to identifying and isolating cases and, therefore, reducing the risk of further outbreaks,” Trudeau said. In Ontario, more than 40 Shoppers Drug Mart now have rapid test kits that are available for small- and medium-sized businesses, he said.

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“Testing works,” he said.

Trudeau called the surging pandemic in India “heartbreaking” and said Canada is sending $10 million in aid to that country through the Canadian Red Cross. The first shipment of anti-viral medication and surplus ventilators was flown to India this week.

Canada’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is 7,700 with an average of 4,200 people in hospitals, and 1,450 in ICU. An average of 46 deaths have been reported each day, over the past week, said Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Theresa Tam.

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A survey by Public Health Ontario shows that very few people in the province were infected by COVID-19 after being fully or partially vaccinated during the first four months of the vaccine rollout.

The results of the survey show the vaccines are “mind blowingly effective,” in the words of Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and a professor at McMaster University. Chagla made the comment in a post about the report on Twitter. Chagla said the report gave him more confidence that “life will get back to normal soon” if people get vaccinated.The report looked at the 3.49 million people who were vaccinated in Ontario from Dec. 14, 2020 to April 17, 2021 with either one or two doses.

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