Ontario has topped 3,000 new COVID-19 new cases for the first time since Jan. 17 as the number of patients in the Intensive Care Unit hit a pandemic record high.
There were 3,009 cases reported Saturday with over 59,100 tests completed. Another 16 deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported.
Toronto saw the highest number of cases with 954 while Peel reported 434, and 348 cases in York Region. Outside the GTA, Ottawa had 205 new COVID-19 cases and Hamilton reported 146.
There were 3,089 new cases on Good Friday from 62,300 tests and 23 COVID-19 deaths. The province did not release new data on the statutory holiday.
A daily report by Critical Care Services Ontario, which tracks hospitalizations, stated 447 people are currently in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness — up from 432 the day before.
There were 43 new admissions yesterday.
Anthony Dale, the president of the Ontario Hospital Association, said in a tweet, that 20 of those new admissions were in the Central Region, which includes York, Peel, Simcoe and Halton.
— Anthony Dale (@AnthonyDaleOHA) April 3, 2021
With the additional 39 deaths over the past two days, 7,428 people have now died in the province as a result of COVID-19 since last March.
Of the 358,558 COVID-19 cases reported in the province, 327,940 are considered resolved. There are 23,190 active cases in Ontario.
There were almost 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered on Good Friday. The province has now given out 2,424,063 doses.
All 34 public health units entered a province-wide shutdown Saturday morning at 12:01, aimed at curbing the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants and spiking hospitalization and ICU numbers.