Ontario reports almost 4,500 new COVID-19 infections

Ontario hospital nurses are facing burnout and high turnover rates this spring as the COVID-19 crisis continues

There were 40,596 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, down slightly from the almost 43,000 tests completed a day ago.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 206.5 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 27.8 per cent from last week (April 3 to April 9).

Toronto had the most cases with 1,074, followed by 775 in Peel Region, 406 in York Region, and 256 in Durham Region. The province reported 4,250 cases on Sunday, 4,362 on Saturday, and a record 4,812 on Friday.

An average of nearly 1,200 people are now in intensive care daily with COVID-19, about half of them on ventilators.

The territory's capital city became the epicentre of a new outbreak last week, just as Arviat emerged from a months-long outbreak, which had resulted in 339 cases and one death. Of those patients, 773 are in an intensive care unit, a number never before seen in the pandemic, and 537 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

2,202 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 2,107 reported yesterday.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard is trying to enlist retired health-care workers to help Ontario fight the third wave of COVID-19.

New Brunswick seeks retired health-care workers who can assist Ontario with COVID-19 crisisCBC News New Brunswick17 hours ago0:56
New Brunswick seeks retired health-care workers who can assist Ontario with COVID-19 crisisCBC News New Brunswick17 hours ago0:56

Provincial data showed 90,409 doses of vaccine put into arms in the previous day, although that number was artificially low due to reporting issues related to a large cellphone outage.

As of 6 p.m. on April 18, the province reported 3,904,778 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.

As of tomorrow, Ontario residents aged 40 and up can book an appointment to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca shot.

Bethlenfalvy says, "Ontario needs a stronger federal partner to ensure we can improve wait times, reduce surgery backlogs and provide access to more beds and better treatments and come out of the pandemic with a stronger, more resilient health care system".

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,855.2 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

There are now 39,276 cumulative cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 211 cases of the P.1 variant and 105 cases of the B.1.351 variant.

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