Ontario is now reported to have surpassed 200,000 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The province also confirmed 3,266 new cases of the novel coronavirus today and reported that 37 more people have died because of it.
This means that Ontario has doubled its total COVID-19 case count in just 47 days, which highlights just how fast the virus is spreading during the second wave of the pandemic.
During the span of one month and 17 days, the province saw its numbers grow from 100,790 on Nov. 20 to 200,626 on Jan. 6.
HOSPITALS AND CAPACITY
The province also reported a record-breaking number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. Health officials said that 1,463 people are seeking medical care in these facilities due to the disease.
Of those patients, at least 361 are in the intensive care unit, including 246 who are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
The province has said that when more than 300 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, medical care in hospitals not related to the disease becomes nearly impossible to handle.
With the 37 new deaths confirmed by health officials on Wednesday, the province’s death toll now stands at 4,767. Of the new deaths confirmed, 20 were residents of long-term care homes.
Of the 3,266 cases reported on Wednesday, health officials say that 805 were in Toronto, 523 were in Peel Region and 349 were in York Region.
Several other regions in Ontario reported COVID-19 cases numbers in the triple digits, including Durham Region (145), Middlesex-London (127), Windsor-Essex (208), Hamilton (153), Halton Region (100), Niagara (192) and Waterloo (206).
So far just 60,380 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario, including 9,795 doses administered in the previous day. The vaccine requires two doses. In Ontario, 860 total vaccinations have been completed as of Jan 6, 2021.
For the latest updates in the Niagara Region on COVID-19, please visit the link HERE.