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Ontario reports 3,215 new COVID cases Wednesday

Today's report includes 2,407 recoveries, 17 deaths, and 97 new hospitalizations

Public Health Ontario has reported 3,215 new cases of COVID-19 today (April 6).

Today's report includes 2,407 recoveries and 17 new deaths.  

The deaths reported today include two people between 40 and 59 years old, seven people between 60 and 79 years old, and eight people over the age of 79 years old.

One of the people whose death was reported today was a resident of a long-term-care facility.

The province has reported 97 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and 20 new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units.

The April 7 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 27,359 active cases, which is up from 26,658 yesterday
  • 1,397 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,151 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 504 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 510 yesterday) and 311 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 310 reported yesterday)
  • The province reported 49,889 tests were processed yesterday resulting in an 6.7 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 41,624 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 12.6 million tests have been completed.
  • Of the 3,215 new cases reported today, 1,095 are from Toronto, 596 cases are from Peel, 342 are from York Region, and 68 are from Simcoe-Muskoka
  • There are 70 active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 51 at retirement homes, and 41 at hospitals. 
  • The new cases reported today include 620 individuals aged 19 and under, 1,188 people between 20 and 39 years old, 929 people between 40 and 59 years old, 392 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 82 people aged 80 and over.

Variants of concern (Ontario-wide)

  • 2,291 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • 72 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • 120 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. 
  • Another 28,12 cases have screened positive with a mutation detected, but the lineage for the variant strain not yet sequenced.
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.


  • There were 104,382 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on April 6, which is up from 76,199 doses on April 5.
  • As of 6 p.m. on April 6, the province reported 2,726,221 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 324,783 people have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 370,817cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 335,983 recoveries and 7,475 deaths, of which 3,904 were individuals living in long-term care facilities.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 2,494.7 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 126.8 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 25.4 per cent from last week (March 22-28). 

To slow the spread of COVID-19 there is a provincial shutdown in effect. It started April 3 and is in place for at least 28 days. The rules for the shutdown can be found here. Premier Doug Ford is expected to make another announcement about further restrictions at 2 p.m. today.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 371 new COVID cases yesterday in its first update since Thursday.

There are 665 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, including 302 variant strain cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 8,129 cases of COVID-19 with 7,168 of those cases recovered and 203 cases ending in death. 

There are 41 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19.

The weekly incidence rate in Simcoe-Muskoka region is 75.1 cases per 100,000, which is a 36.5 per cent increase over 

Erika Engel

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