Ontario logs 3,065 new COVID-19 cases ahead of vaccine update

Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today

The seven-day average of daily cases climbed to 2,862.

Of the latest fatalities, one person was between 40 and 59 years old, four people were between 60 and 79 and three were 80 or older.

Vera Etches collectively say given the rapid deterioration in local indicators across the three public health units, more is required to reverse the surge in COVID-19 numbers.

"The rise in severe and critical illnesses is placing renewed strain on the health system and health-care workforce", Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement.

Ten deaths were linked to the virus on today's report and 12 on Sunday's update from the province.

Three medical officers of health have issued an open letter calling on the province to re-implement a stay-at-home order, close all non-essential businesses and restrict travel between regions in Ontario.

She also says there are 165 new cases in Ottawa and 132 in Niagara Region.

The number of patients fighting the disease in hospitals continues to creep upwards as the province is in its first week of a month-long shutdown to curb rising cases and hospitalizations.

More than 300 people are hospitalized, including 96 in the ICU.

There are 942 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario, but the Ministry of Health notes that 10 per cent of Ontario's hospitals do not submit data on weekends.

Quebec now has 123 people in intensive care for COVID-19, which is still well below the stated capacity of 383.

"The variant is a completely different disease, completely different from classic COVID". Nearly everyone will get infected.

To date, there have been just over 367,600 cases of the coronavirus and 333,576 recoveries since the first case emerged in the province last January.

So far, more than 323,000 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

The doctors also called on the province to secure more vaccines for Ontario and direct shots to people most in need.

Ontario says 76,199 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Monday's report.