• Ontario reported 3,560+ new cases for a total of 1,252,578+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,792 deaths. There were 806+ new cases in Toronto, 179+ in Peel Region, 250+ in York, 165+ in Hamilton and 88+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,661 in hospital, 202 in intensive care and 98 on ventilator. There have been 1,208,322 cases resolved, up 3,751.
  • So far, there have been 32,695,876 vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,163,802 with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 18,875 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 24,021,669. There are 7,592 pending.
  • There are 176 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,053 resident cases, 581 staff. So far, 4,465 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 252+ new cases for a total of 71,255+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 777. There are 1,743+ active cases. There are 36 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 74+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,418,787 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 963,144 with one dose of vaccine; 865,347 residents who have received a second dose, 549,245 have had three shots and 41,051 have received a fourth dose.
  • Ottawa Police have revealed the route the Rolling Thunder protest will take through downtown on Saturday. Riders are expected to gather Saturday morning at an unspecified site on Coventry Road before departing around 10:45 a.m. heading north on the Vanier Parkway, turning down Montreal Road and making their way over the Cummings Bridge to Rideau Street. The ride will south on Waller Street, head onto the Mackenzie King Bridge, roll down Elgin Street and turn east on Laurier Avenue West. They will drive down Nicholas Street and exit onto Highway 417. The entire route will be a no-stopping, no-parking zone.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,039,426+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,951 people have died. There are 2,326 people in hospital including 85 in intensive care. The province completed 19,286 PCR tests on April 26. So far, 19,751,092 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,811+ cases in total. There have been 300 deaths. There are 859 active cases and 37,652 cases resolved. There are 105 in hospital, seven in intensive care. There have been 885,603 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • The Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux is forecasting that the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized outside of intensive care will decline to 1,912 over the next two weeks, while the number of patients in intensive care will drop to 70.
  • In Canada, 3,725,779+ cases with 39,012 deaths. There are 242,351+ active cases and there have been 3,444,416 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 511,835,581+ cases, 6,229,313+ deaths and 11,324,142,071+ vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID-19 by the numbers

Note: The following graphics show cases reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Numbers may lag behind local reports.







April 27

  • Ontario reported 3,005+ new cases for a total of 1,249,018+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,772 deaths. There were 294+ new cases in Toronto, 113+ in Peel Region, 156+ in York, 97+ in Hamilton and 71+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,734 in hospital, 211 in intensive care and 92 on ventilator. There have been 1,204,571 cases resolved, up 4,055.
  • So far, there have been 32,661,787+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,162,088+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 23,230 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 24,002,794. There are 7,914 pending.
  • There are 168 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,027 resident cases, 559 staff. So far, 4,462 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 243+ new cases for a total of 71,003+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 777, up two. There are 1,706+ active cases. There are 36 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 73+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,418,787 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 963,144 with one dose of vaccine; 865,347 residents who have received a second dose, 549,245 have had three shots and 41,051 have received a fourth dose.
  • As of Wednesday, Ottawa Public Health says there is still a high, but slowly declining, level of COVID in the city based on wastewater monitoring and is recommending people to protect themselves and others.
  • Ottawa police have received approval to have RCMP officers join the local force during this weekend’s Rolling Thunder motorcycle protest.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,037,658+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,928 people have died. There are 2,372 people in hospital including 92 in intensive care. The province completed 20,092 PCR tests on April 25. So far, 19,717,019 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,740+ cases in total. There have been 300 deaths. There are 853 active cases and 37,587 cases resolved. There are 109 in hospital, seven in intensive care. There have been 884,814 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,713,926+ cases with 38,901 deaths. There are 234,686+ active cases and there have been 3,440,339 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 511,135,627+ cases, 6,225,926+ deaths and 11,315,659,470+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 26

  • Ontario reported 1,827+ new cases for a total of 1,246,013+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,750 deaths. There were 294+ new cases in Toronto, 113+ in Peel Region, 156+ in York, 97+ in Hamilton and 71+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,730 in hospital, 219 in intensive care and 99 on ventilator. There have been 1,200,516 cases resolved, up 2,971.
  • So far, there have been 32,627,619+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,160,463+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 13,451 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,979,564. There are 9,224 pending.
  • There are 158 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 939 resident cases, 533 staff. So far, 4,457 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 91+ new cases over the weekend for a total of 70,760+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 775, up two. There are 1,719+ active cases. There are 37 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 74+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,418,787 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 963,144 with one dose of vaccine; 865,347 residents who have received a second dose, 549,245 have had three shots and 41,051 have received a fourth dose.
  • Ottawa Police say they will not allow any vehicles in the area around Parliament Hill as they brace for another motorized convoy protest this weekend, dubbed Rolling Thunder and featuring hundreds of motorcycles.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,035,595+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,906 people have died. There are 2,409 people in hospital including 90 in intensive care. The province completed 13,479 PCR tests on April 24. So far, 19,684,939 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,740+ cases in total. There have been 300 deaths. There are 853 active cases and 37,587 cases resolved. There are 109 in hospital, seven in intensive care. There have been 884,814 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In a study published earlier this year in the journal Viruses, the team of researchers from Université Laval in Quebec City, along with Swiss researcher Clément Fage, found that being infected with one of the viruses could help prevent infection with the other. Some people can still be co-infected by both viruses, however, and they will face a risk of a severe infection.
  • In Canada, 3,706,686+ cases with 38,847 deaths. There are 236,049+ active cases and there have been 3,431,790 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 510,682,544+ cases, 6,224,502+ deaths and 11,254,457,509+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Authorities in China’s capital, Beijing, are enforcing mass testing and closing down access to neighbourhoods as they seek to contain a new COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement of the testing had sparked panic buying in the city of 21 million on Monday, but the situation appeared to calm down on Tuesday with public transport largely keeping to normal schedules and roads packed with commuters.

April 25

  • Ontario reported 2,028+ new cases for a total of 1,244,186+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,736 deaths. There were 436+ new cases in Toronto, 164+ in Peel Region, 182+ in York, 97+ in Hamilton and 44+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,455 in hospital, 219 in intensive care and 97 on ventilator. There have been 1,197,545 cases resolved, up 2,641.
  • So far, there have been 32,601,763+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,159,149+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 13,247 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,966,113. There are 4,688 pending.
  • There are 149 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 852 resident cases, 516 staff. So far, 4,455 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 501+ new cases over the weekend for a total of 70,669+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 773. There are 1,894+ active cases. There are 31 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 74+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,418,787 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 963,144 with one dose of vaccine; 865,347 residents who have received a second dose, 549,245 have had three shots and 41,051 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,033,925+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,874 people have died. There are 2,345 people in hospital including 86 in intensive care. The province completed 13,559 PCR tests on April 23. So far, 19,656,389 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,679+ cases in total. There have been 299 deaths. There are 868 active cases and 37,512 cases resolved. There are 109 in hospital, six in intensive care. There have been 883,906 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,699,170+ cases with 38,783 deaths. There are 231,267+ active cases and there have been 3,429,120 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 509,881,758+ cases, 6,219,848+ deaths and 11,245,798,785+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 22

  • Ontario reported 4,668+ new cases for a total of 1,234,240+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,704 deaths. There were 997+ new cases in Toronto, 307+ in Peel Region, 277+ in York, 322+ in Hamilton and 185+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,591 in hospital, 214 in intensive care and 86 on ventilator. There have been 1,188,438 cases resolved, up 3,626.
  • So far, there have been 32,536,661+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,154,444+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 20,828 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,916,723. There are 8,340 pending.
  • There are 141 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 779 resident cases, 482 staff. So far, 4,450 residents have died.
  • Ontario is extending its mask mandate for high-risk indoor settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, congregate living spaces and public transit until at least June 11. 
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 279+ new cases for a total of 70,168+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 773. There are 1,839+ active cases. There are 26 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 69+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,405,135 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,620 with one dose of vaccine; 864,667 residents who have received a second dose, 547,484 have had three shots and 30,364 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,028,844+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,812 people have died. There are 2,410 people in hospital including 88 in intensive care. The province completed 22,097 PCR tests on April 20. So far, 19,578,368 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,473+ cases in total. There have been 299 deaths. There are 964 active cases and 37,210 cases resolved. There are 99 in hospital, four in intensive care. There have been 879,924 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,683,788+ cases with 38,688 deaths. There are 229,343+ active cases and there have been 3,415,757 cases resolved.
  • Starting Monday, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry, and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged five to 11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will no longer have to undergo a COVID-19 test for entry to Canada.
  • Worldwide there have been 508,381,417+ cases, 6,214,871+ deaths and 11,221,708,381+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 21

  • Ontario reported 5,038+ new cases Thursday for a total of 1,229,572+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,678 deaths. There were 1,035+ new cases in Toronto, 336+ in Peel Region, 285+ in York, 292+ in Hamilton and 167+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,626 in hospital, 207 in intensive care and 90 on ventilator. There have been 1,184,812 cases resolved, up 4,019.
  • So far, there have been 32,500,527+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,152,714+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 20,840 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,895,895. There are 7,803 pending.
  • There are 144 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 778 resident cases, 480 staff. So far, 4,448 residents have died.
  • Ontario has received $2,045,016 in fines collected from 15,054 charges related to broken COVID-19 regulations, according to data from the Ministry of the Attorney General obtained by CBC. But the province is still short $1,550,168 owed from defaulted fines.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 347+ new cases for a total of 69,889+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 773, up two. There are 1,754+ active cases. There are 27 in hospital, six in ICU. There are 68+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,405,135 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,620 with one dose of vaccine; 864,667 residents who have received a second dose, 547,484 have had three shots and 30,364 have received a fourth dose.
  • Algonquin College is extending its mandatory mask rules on campus until further notice. The University of Ottawa and Queen’s University are extending mandatory mask requirements for buildings until May 31, while Carleton University has said masks will continue to be mandatory on campus until further notice.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,026,345+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,778 people have died. There are 2,405 people in hospital including 88 in intensive care. The province completed 21,532 PCR tests on April 19. So far, 19,536,438 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,383+ cases in total. There have been 298 deaths. There are 997 active cases and 37,088 cases resolved. There are 103 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 877,685 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province will extend the mask mandate to mid-May.
  • In Canada, 3,664,204+ cases with 38,542 deaths. There are 216,041+ active cases and there have been 3,409,621 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 507,153,683+ cases, 6,209,165+ deaths and 11,212,915,179+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 20

  • Ontario reported 1,073+ new cases Thursday for a total of 1,224,534+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,661 deaths. There were 169+ new cases in Toronto, 136+ in Peel Region, 133+ in York, 31+ in Hamilton and 31+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,662 in hospital, 203 in intensive care and 92 on ventilator. There have been 1,180,793 cases resolved, up 3,918.
  • So far, there have been 32,461,020+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,150,839+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 21,988 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,875,055. There are 7,714 pending.
  • There are 142 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 767 resident cases, 471 staff. So far, 4,443 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 49+ new cases for a total of 69,542+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 771, up one. There are 1,618+ active cases. There are 20 in hospital, five in ICU. There are 65+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,405,135 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,620 with one dose of vaccine; 864,667 residents who have received a second dose, 547,484 have had three shots and 30,364 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec has reported a total of 1,023,436+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,740 people have died. There are 2,381 people in hospital including 101 in intensive care. The province completed 18,025  PCR tests on April 18. So far, 19,492,202 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 38,265+ cases in total. There have been 298 deaths. There are 932 active cases and 37,035 cases resolved. There are 96 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 876,046 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,654,335+ cases with 38,429 deaths. There are 212,117+ active cases and there have been 3,403,789 cases resolved.
  • Canada’s inflation rate rose to 6.7 per cent in March, far more than economists were expecting and a full percentage point higher than February’s already 30-year high, Statistics Canada reports. Meanwhile, employment continued to strengthen in March, as the unemployment rate fell to a record low. In March, average hourly wages for employees rose 3.4 per cent year-over-year. Excluding gasoline, the Consumer Price Index rose 5.5 per cent year over year in March. 
  • Statistics Canada also says manufacturing sales increased for the fifth consecutive month, up 4.2 per cent to $67.7 billion in February on higher sales in 14 of 21 industries, led by the motor vehicle (25.0 per cent), food (5.3 per cent), petroleum and coal (6.7 per cent), and wood (8.5 per cent) industries. 
  • Starting Friday, Uber Canada will no longer require drivers or passengers to wear masks during rides in most of the country, though the ride-sharing company says it “still strongly” recommends them.
  • Almost one in four Canadian respondents to a new online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies said they had been infected with COVID-19, while about three in four had not.
  • Worldwide there have been 506,185,821+ cases, 6,204,545+ deaths and 11,196,211,450+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 19

  • Ontario reported 1,218+ new cases Thursday for a total of 1,223,461+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,633 deaths. There were 325+ new cases in Toronto, 65+ in Peel Region, 104+ in York, 49+ in Hamilton and 61+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,486 in hospital, 206 in intensive care and 87 on ventilator. There have been 1,176,875 cases resolved, up 2,764.
  • So far, there have been 32,420,377+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,149,212+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 15,322 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,853,067. There are 7,254 pending.
  • There are 136 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 708 resident cases, 452 staff. So far, 4,438 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 549+ new cases over the past four days for a total of 69,493+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 770, up two. There are 1,768+ active cases. There are 18 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 61+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec reported a total of 1,021,106+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,714 people have died. There are 2,281 people in hospital including 101 in intensive care. The province completed 12,375 PCR tests on April 17. So far, 19,457,726 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • The province is reporting 10,636 health care workers are off work for COVID-related reasons
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,791+ cases in total. There have been 298 deaths. There are 944 active cases and 36,499 cases resolved. There are 55 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 875,313 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,637,197+ cases with 38,319 deaths. There are 220,306+ active cases and there have been 3,378,572 cases resolved.
  • Data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows hospitalizations because of COVID-19 rose about 18 per cent across Canada between April 4 and April 11 — to 6,020 people needing beds from 5,109.
  • The Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday home sales in March were down 16.3 per cent compared with the same month last year when they hit an all-time record. On a month-over-month basis, seasonally adjusted home sales in March were down 5.4 per cent. The actual national average home price was $796,068 in March, up from $715,696 in the same month last year. Excluding Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area cuts $163,000 from the national average price for March this year.
  • Worldwide there have been 505,097,511+ cases, 6,200,424+ deaths and 11,187,429,940+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • A judge has struck down the federal mask mandate on flights in the U.S. and airlines are complying. Canada is keeping its mask mandates on planes and trains.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologized in the House of Commons after being fined about $160 for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules banning gatherings. He attended a surprise birthday party at 10 Downing St. He is now being investigated by a Commons committee over allegations that he misled the House.
  • Moderna has released clinical data demonstrating that a new version of its COVID-19 vaccine that targets several mutations produced a stronger immune response against the major virus variants, including omicron and delta, than the company’s current shots.

April 18

  • Ontario reported 2,219+ new cases Thursday for a total of 1,222,243+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,632 deaths. There were 443+ new cases in Toronto, 145+ in Peel Region, 205+ in York, 128+ in Hamilton and 56+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,301 in hospital, 202 in intensive care and 91 on ventilator. There have been 1,174,111 cases resolved, up 2,382.
  • So far, there have been 32,397,809+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,148,399+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 10,060 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,837,745. There are 3,784 pending.
  • There are 120 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 659 resident cases, 381 staff. So far, 4,438 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 205+ new cases for a total of 68,944+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 768. There are 1,879+ active cases. There are 16 in hospital, two in ICU. There are 52+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec reported a total of 1,010,196+ confirmed cases. So far, 14,618 people have died. There are 2,154 people in hospital including 96 in intensive care. The province completed 24,438 PCR tests on April 12. So far, 19,329,439 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,791+ cases in total. There have been 298 deaths. There are 944 active cases and 36,499 cases resolved. There are 55 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 870,754 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,614,450+ cases with 38,207 deaths. There are 214,406+ active cases and there have been 3,361,837 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 504,650,389+ cases, 6,198,926+ deaths and 11,180,693,563+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 15

  • Ottawa Public Health reported 205+ new cases for a total of 68,739+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 768. There are 1,879 active cases. There are 16 in hospital, two in ICU. There are 52+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • New statistics from the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study looking at the two dose and three dose vaccination rates for eligible residents in 102 neighbourhoods across the city shows only four Ottawa neighbourhoods had at least 80 per cent of residents 18 and older with three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Island Park – Wellington West had the highest rate of residents aged 18 and older with three doses, at 85.8 per cent. Old Ottawa South had 84.6 per cent of residents aged 18 and older with three doses, followed by Rockcliffe Park (82.3 per cent) and Cumberland (80.9 per cent).
  • Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is expected to recommend that the province extend remaining mask mandates — in settings such as hospitals, long-term care and public transit.
  • Ontario reported 4,589+ new cases Thursday for a total of 1,209,041+ cases. The province is not reporting new case numbers on Good Friday. The province has seen a total of 12,606 deaths. There were 1,044+ new cases in Toronto, 274+ in Peel Region, 265+ in York, 219+ in Hamilton and 142+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,392 in hospital, 177 in intensive care and 81 on ventilator. There have been 1,163,003 cases resolved, up 3,332.
  • So far, there have been 32,319,933+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,143,064+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 23,046 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,777,414. There are 8,590 pending.
  • There are 120 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 659 resident cases, 381 staff. So far, 4,433 residents have died.
  • Quebec reported a total of 1,010,196+ confirmed cases, up 3,190 Thursday. So far, 14,618 people have died. There are 2,154 people in hospital including 96 in intensive care. The province completed 24,438 PCR tests on April 12. So far, 19,329,439 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,791+ cases in total. There have been 298 deaths. There are 944 active cases and 36,499 cases resolved. There are 55 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 870,754 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Six West Quebec hospitals — Gatineau, Hull, Papineau, Maniwaki, Shawville and Wakefield — are not allowing visits because of the most recent wave of COVID-19, according to Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO). Caregivers can still visit loved ones while respecting certain health measures.
  • In Canada, 3,614,450+ cases with 38,207 deaths. There are 214,406+ active cases and there have been 3,361,837 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 502,939,945+ cases, 6,193,905+ deaths and 11,162,498,166+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 14

  • Ontario reports 4,589+ new cases today for a total of 1,209,041+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,606 deaths. There were 1,044+ new cases in Toronto, 274+ in Peel Region, 265+ in York, 219+ in Hamilton and 142+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,392 in hospital, 177 in intensive care and 81 on ventilator. There have been 1,163,003 cases resolved, up 3,332.
  • So far, there have been 32,319,933+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,143,064+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 23,046 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,777,414. There are 8,590 pending.
  • There are 120 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 659 resident cases, 381 staff. So far, 4,433 residents have died.
  • Hospitals are now struggling with staffing shortages. CHEO has cancelled some surgeries and the hospital says it has had to transfer patients to other pediatric hospitals out of the region because of staff shortages. 
  • The Montfort Hospital is postponing some “non-emergent and non-urgent” procedures next week because of staff members testing positive for COVID-19 or being in isolation. On Thursday, 89 staffers were in isolation because of COVID-19.
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre says more employees are calling in sick with COVID-19 currently than at any time during the pandemic.
  • London Health Sciences Centre says the sixth wave has had a significant impact, particularly from “rising numbers” of staff who are off work because of COVID-19 infections or exposures.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences says it has returned to 80 per cent of pre-pandemic services but isn’t in a position to continue ramping up as staffing is “precarious” due to workers isolating and other factors.
  • The latest wastewater data suggests daily case counts for the COVID-19 virus may have reached a plateau at around 100,000 new daily infections but the impact of long weekend gatherings may send the case counts rising again, according to the province’s science advisory table. The latest modelling suggests Ontario is “well into” the sixth wave of the pandemic, driven by new, more transmissible BA.2 subvariant, waning immunity and the relaxation of public health measures. Hospital occupancy is likely to continue to rise for some time, the group says with projections showing the number of Ontarians hospitalized with COVID-19 could surpass 3,000 by May in the most likely scenario. A more pessimistic scenario shows that more than 4,000 people will be hospitalized with COVID-19 by May, approaching the peak reached in mid-January when 4,183 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized.
  • Virus-related infections among health-care workers are as high as they were during the Omicron wave, and that, combined with rising hospitalization numbers, may impact health-care capacity. Masking in indoor areas will continue to substantially reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus, the group says. 
  • Premier Doug Ford says he would extend remaining mask mandates if the chief medical officer of health advises it. Mask mandates are slated to end April 27 in high-risk settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes and on public transit.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 287+ new cases for a total of 68,739+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 767. There are 1,837 active cases. There are 18 in hospital, two in ICU. There are 48+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • Dr. Vera Etches is urging people to limit social gatherings and hold them outdoors if possible this Easter long weekend because of the surge of Omicron infections. She isn’t calling for a return to mask mandates because the number of hospitalizations remains relatively low.
  • Pat King, a key figure of the convoy occuoation will remain in custody after his bail review hearing was adjourned Thursday because of new charges of obstructing justice and perjury against him. 
  • The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is telling parents, students and staff the mask mandate for schools voted on Tuesday took effect immediately. The board says students will not be suspended or expelled for refusing to wear a mask in schools.
  • The transmission of COVID-19 within a household could be more than 50 per cent and that children play a “important” role in its spread through the home. A peer-reviewed study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, analyzed the transmission of COVID-19 in 180 homes in the Ottawa area between September 2020 and October 2021, and found that after the first person in the home tested positive for COVID-19, 49.1 per cent of people in the same home would later test positive as well.
  • Quebec is reporting a total of 1,010,196+ confirmed cases, up 3,190 today. So far, 14,618 people have died. There are 2,154 people in hospital including 96 in intensive care. The province completed 24,438 PCR tests on April 12. So far, 19,329,439 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,673+ cases in total. There have been 298 deaths. There are 935 active cases and 36,440 cases resolved. There are 51 in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 868,291 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • The Novavax vaccine against COVID-19, which was approved by Health Canada nearly two months ago, will now be administered to those Quebecers seeking first and second doses or are wary of an mRNA vaccine such as Moderna and Pfizer.
  • There are 12,995 health care workers off work for COVID-related reasons.
  • In Canada, 3,590,820+ cases with 38,095 deaths. There are 196,240+ active cases and there have been 3,356,485 cases resolved.
  • Health Canada says almost 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines held in a national inventory have expired since January. That includes more than 420,000 doses of Moderna’s Spikevax that hit the end of their shelf life on Tuesday. Those doses had already seen their expiration date pushed back two months. The government says vaccinations have slowed even as governments and public health authorities urge people to get a booster shot.
  • Canada has authorized British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc’s antibody-based therapy for preventing COVID-19 infections, giving itself another weapon against the disease as cases rise in the country. Health Canada has cleared the drug — Evusheld — for use in individuals aged 12 years and older who are immunocompromised and unlikely to mount an adequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccination, or for whom COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended.
  • Worldwide there have been 501,970,999+ cases, 6,190,360+ deaths and 11,132,249,597+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 13

  • Ontario reports 3,833+ new cases today for a total of 1,204,452+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,583 deaths. There were 460+ new cases in Toronto, 137+ in Peel Region, 177+ in York, 140+ in Hamilton and 116+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,332 in hospital, 182 in intensive care and 85 on ventilator. There have been 1,159,671 cases resolved, up 3,339.
  • So far, there have been 32,281,477+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,141,151+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 23,618 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,754,368. There are 8,712 pending.
  • There are 115 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 610 resident cases, 369 staff. So far, 4,431 residents have died.
  • Select pharmacies across the province are now distributing the anti-viral treatment Paxlovid to treat COVID-19.
  • Hospitals throughout Eastern Ontario are facing staff shortages as COVID restrictions lift and community transmission increases. CBC has more.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 193+ new cases for a total of 68,452+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 767. There are 1,735 active cases. There are 15 in hospital, one in ICU. There are 46+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has voted to reinstate a mask mandate in its schools. But the trustees did not set a date for the mandate to start, something that will have to be ironed out at the next meeting near the end of the month.
  • Quebec is reporting 1,007,006+ confirmed cases, up 3,515. So far, 14,592 people have died. There are 2,060 people in hospital including 83 in intensive care. The province completed 22,777 PCR tests on April 11. So far, 19,281,439 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,534+ cases in total. There have been 297 deaths. There are 851 active cases and 36,386 cases resolved. There are 48 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 866,115 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec is reporting that 12,764 health care workers are off work for COVID-related reasons.
  • In Canada, 3,579,730+ cases with 38,044 deaths. There are 197,200+ active cases and there have been 3,344,486 cases resolved.
  • The Bank of Canada has raised its key lending rate to one per cent up from 0.5 per cent in its battle against inflation. Bank Governor Tiff Macklem says he expects the rate will continue to rise in a bid to lower inflation to a two per cent target
  • Worldwide there have been 499,748,065+ cases, 6,181,560+ deaths and 11,110,770,965+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 12

  • Ontario reports 2,300+ new cases today for a total of 1,200,619+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,570 deaths. There were 460+ new cases in Toronto, 137+ in Peel Region, 177+ in York, 140+ in Hamilton and 116+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,366 in hospital, 190 in intensive care and 82 on ventilator. There have been 1,156,332 cases resolved, up 2,282.
  • So far, there have been 32,243,286+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,139,297+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 14,183 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,730,750. There are 9,407 pending.
  • There are 101 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 527 resident cases, 337 staff. So far, 4,430 residents have died.
  • A report from the Financial Accountability Office said the province posted a $16.4-billion deficit in 2020-21 due to COVID-19 spending, and Ontario is now seeing strong revenue growth that will outpace program spending. The province is on track to balance the budget by 2023-24 and run a $7.1-billion surplus three years later, “under current policies.”
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 109+ new cases for a total of 68,259+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 766. There are 1,762 active cases. There are 16 in hospital, one in ICU. There are 41+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec is reporting 1,003,491+ confirmed cases, up 2,596. So far, 14,579 people have died. There are 1,938 people in hospital including 67 in intensive care. The province completed 16,236 PCR tests on April 10. So far, 19,241,006 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,458+ cases in total. There have been 295 deaths. There are 855 active cases and 36,308 cases resolved. There are 38 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 863,961 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,579,730+ cases with 38,044 deaths. There are 197,200+ active cases and there have been 3,344,486 cases resolved.
  • Canada’s top public health official, Dr. Theresa Tam, is urging Canadians to get boosted, wear masks and open the windows to help confront the sixth wave of COVID-19 infection.
  • Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending that all adults and immunocompromised children aged 12 to 17 get a first COVID-19 booster shot as Canada experiences a resurgence of the virus.
  • Worldwide there have been 499,748,065+ cases, 6,181,560+ deaths and 11,110,770,965+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • British police have fined Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, among others, for breaking COVID-19 restrictions and holding or attending gatherings when the nation was in lockdown. The police force did not identify the recipients or the size of the fines. Thousands of people were fined between 60 pounds ($99 Cdn) and 10,000 pounds ($16,443) by police for rule-breaking social gatherings.

April 11

  • Ontario reports 2,401+ new cases today for a total of 1,198,319+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,566 deaths. There were 509+ new cases in Toronto, 120+ in Peel Region, 191+ in York, 123+ in Hamilton and 31+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,090 in hospital, 184 in intensive care and 82 on ventilator. There have been 1,154,050 cases resolved, up 1,875.
  • So far, there have been 32,214,645+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,137,996+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 12,149 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,716,567. There are 4,044 pending.
  • There are 101 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 527 resident cases, 337 staff. So far, 4,430 residents have died.
  • Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, makes a rare appearance and says the province is expanding access to COVID-19 antiviral treatments and PCR testing for high-risk individuals. The news conference is the first Moore has held since early March. The province says the following groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for antivirals: people aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised; people aged 70 and over; people aged 60 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses; people aged 18 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one condition considered to be a risk. A report by Public Health Ontario shows COVID-19 cases, test positivity rates and hospitalizations have gone up since March 21, when the province ended mandatory masking in most indoor spaces.
  • Moore said there were no plans to reinstate a mask mandate “at this time” but he did “strongly recommend” wearing masks in all indoor settings. He said the province was in a sixth wave driven by the BA.2 variant that will likely continue into the middle or end of May. Moore said he believes the province has the means to blunt the wave. He did say the there could be up to 600 people in ICU as the peak of this wave.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 502+ new cases over the weekend for a total of 68,150+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 765. There are 1,857 active cases. There are 17 in hospital, one in ICU. There are 39+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,388,657 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 962,036 with one dose of vaccine; 863,761 residents who have received a second dose, 545,151 have had three shots and 17,709 have received a fourth dose.
  • Tamara Lich, who was behind fundraising efforts that raised more than $10 million to support the convoy occupation in Ottawa, has hired Ottawa-based criminal lawyer Lawrence Greenspon. 
  • Mark Fisher, a trustee with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the city’s largest, plans to bring forward a motion Tuesday to reintroduce masking in all of its buildings, until the city’s public health unit explicitly advises otherwise.
  • Quebec is reporting 1,000,895+ confirmed cases, up 2,234. So far, 14,544 people have died. There are 1,793 people in hospital including 69 in intensive care. The province completed 16,082 PCR tests on April 9. So far, 19,214,112 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,204+ cases in total. There have been 294 deaths. There are 850 active cases and 36,060 cases resolved. There are 32 in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 862,523 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec residents 60 and older will now eligible for a fourth booster shot as the province works to blunt the sixth wave.
  • In Canada, 3,568,337+ cases with 38,003 deaths. There are 197,185+ active cases and there have been 3,333,149 cases resolved.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn many Canadians away from urban centres and closer to smaller cities and rural spaces. And the move is also reshaping how many see their homes. A new study from the Angus Reid Institute shows Canadians are near-unanimous that accessibility (96 per cent), aesthetic beauty (92 per cent), and sustainability (90 per cent) should be priorized in new buildings in their community.
  • Worldwide there have been 498,154,313+ cases, 6,176,420+ deaths and 11,093,947,689+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The World Health Organization is now tracking a few dozen cases of two additional sub-variants of the highly transmissible Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 — BA.4 and BA.5 — to assess whether they’re more infectious or dangerous. The organization is already tracking other members of the Omicron family, including BA.1 and BA.2 — the sub-variant now globally dominant — as well as BA.1.1 and BA.3. The WHO said it had begun tracking them because of their “additional mutations that need to be further studied to understand their impact on immune escape potential.” BA.2 now represents nearly 94 per cent of all sequenced cases and is more transmissible than its siblings, but the evidence so far suggests it is no more likely to cause severe disease. Only a few dozen cases of BA.4 and BA.5 have been reported to the global GISAID database, according to the WHO. BA.4 had been found in South Africa, Denmark, Botswana, Scotland and England from Jan. 10 to March 30. BA.5 has been found in South Africa and Botswana.

April 8

  • Ontario reports 4,295+ new cases today for a total of 1,188,640+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,537 deaths. There were 956+ new cases in Toronto, 265+ in Peel Region, 188+ in York, 210+ in Hamilton and 136+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,135 in hospital, 166 in intensive care and 86 on ventilator. There have been 1,147,533 cases resolved, up 2,644.
  • So far, there have been 32,146,824+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,132,552+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 17,565 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,668,924. There are 7,521 pending.
  • There are 80 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 483 resident cases, 259 staff. So far, 4,427 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 247+ new cases for a total of 67,648+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 765. There are 1,747 active cases. There are 23 in hospital, none in ICU. There are 35+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,379,282 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,530 with one dose of vaccine; 862,841 residents who have received a second dose, 542,515 have had three shots and 12,396 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec is reporting 992,649+ confirmed cases, up 3,572. So far, 14,512 people have died. There are 1,637 people in hospital including 62 in intensive care. The province completed 23,326 PCR tests on April 6. So far, 19,134,916 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 37,087+ cases in total. There have been 294 deaths. There are 817 active cases and 35,976 cases resolved. There are 15 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 857,159 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,552,502+ cases with 37,935 deaths. There are 191,884+ active cases and there have been 3,322,683 cases resolved.
  • Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate in March fell to its lowest rate on record, falling to 5.3 per cent from 5.5 per cent a month earlier as the economy added 72,500 jobs. Employment gains were driven by women aged 55 and older and men aged 25 to 54. Gains were concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. In Gatineau, the rate was 3.8 per cent, while in Ottawa it was 5.3 per cent.
  • Worldwide there have been 496,430,832+ cases, 6,171,346+ deaths and 11,088,063,204+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 7

  • Ontario reports 4,224+ new cases today for a total of 1,184,345+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,527 deaths. There were 875+ new cases in Toronto, 230+ in Peel Region, 265+ in York, 221+ in Hamilton and 160+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,126 in hospital, 159 in intensive care and 80 on ventilator. There have been 1,144,889 cases resolved, up 2,838.
  • So far, there have been 32,123,294+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,130,723+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 21,347 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,651,359. There are 7,777 pending.
  • There are 76 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 468 resident cases, 264 staff. So far, 4,425 residents have died.
  • Ontario New Democrats and Liberals want the Ford government to reinstate or continue several public health measures, such as mandatory masking and blunt the sixth wave of COVID-19. Hospitalizations in the province are up 40 per cent week over week and wastewater surveillance suggests COVID-19 activity is higher than it was at the peak of the fifth wave in January.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 234+ new cases for a total of 67,401+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 765. There are 1,654 active cases. There are 23 in hospital, none in ICU. There are 29+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,379,282 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,530 with one dose of vaccine; 862,841 residents who have received a second dose, 542,515 have had three shots and 12,396 have received a fourth dose.
  • Medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches says Ottawa’s wastewater monitoring shows there is “more COVID in the community than ever”, and everyone needs to take steps to limit transmission. CTV has more.
  • Quebec is reporting 989,077+ confirmed cases, up 3,777. So far, 14,482 people have died. There are 1,582 people in hospital including 64 in intensive care. The province completed 23,006 PCR tests on April 5. So far, 19,097,901 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,988+ cases in total. There have been 294 deaths. There are 764 active cases and 35,930 cases resolved. There are 13 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 856,386 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,535,095+ cases with 37,850 deaths. There are 179,305+ active cases and there have been 3,317,940 cases resolved.
  • The second budget to be delivered by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland addresses housing affordability, shores up the Canadian military and honours progressive policy commitments made to the NDP to keep the Liberals in power including dental care. The new spending has increased the fiscal year’s deficit to $52.8 billion.The budget forecasts 3.9 per cent economic growth this year slowing to average 2.9 per cent annual growth in real gross domestic product over the next four years. Inflation is expected to fall from 3.9 per cent this year toward the Bank of Canada’s traditional target of two per cent.
  • The federal government announced a plan in the budget for a “strategic policy review” of how the public service does its work in a post-pandemic era, an initiative that could have ramifications for federal workers in the national capital region. 
  • Worldwide there have been 495,200,191+ cases, 6,167,271+ deaths and 11,076,735,112+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 6

  • Ontario reports 3,444+ new cases today for a total of 1,180,121+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,511 deaths. There were 876+ new cases in Toronto, 203+ in Peel Region, 156+ in York, 161+ in Hamilton and 108+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,074 in hospital, 168 in intensive care and 83 on ventilator. There have been 1,142,051 cases resolved, up 2,872.
  • So far, there have been 32,112,659+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,128,770+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 21,553 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,630,012. There are 7,381 pending.
  • There are 72 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 363 resident cases, 214 staff. So far, 4,422 residents have died.
  • Ontarians 60 and up, as well as all Indigenous residents and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 or older, will be able to book their second booster shot through the province’s online portal starting Thursday at 8 a.m. 
  • During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario’s per person spending on health care was the lowest in the country, according to a new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO). The report found that on the whole, Ontario’s total program spending in 2020 was the lowest in Canada.
  • Ontario is likely seeing upwards of 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day, with roughly five per cent of its residents currently infected, Dr. Peter Juni, the outgoing head of the province’s science table says.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 192+ new cases for a total of 67,167+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 765. There are 1,535 active cases. There are 19 in hospital, one in ICU. There are 25+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,379,282 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,530 with one dose of vaccine; 862,841 residents who have received a second dose, 542,515 have had three shots and 12,396 have received a fourth dose.
  • Thirty-six schools and programs in Ottawa’s four school boards reported at least 20 per cent of staff and students were absent. The Ottawa Carleton District School Board reported 19 schools had 20 per cent of the population absent.
  • Quebec is reporting 985,300+ confirmed cases, up 3,761. So far, 14,454 people have died. There are 1,540 people in hospital including 66 in intensive care. The province completed 24,249 PCR tests on April 4. So far, 19,065,380 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,988+ cases in total. There have been 294 deaths. There are 764 active cases and 35,930 cases resolved. There are 13 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 855,444 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,521,498+ cases with 37,772 deaths. There are 170,247+ active cases and there have been 3,313,479 cases resolved.
  • The organization Canada Helps says in its annual Giving Report that, overall, there has been a 12 per cent decrease in Canadians donating to charities and that one-in-four are expecting to give less this year. Much of the decrease over the past two years has been caused by the pandemic and now, with inflation rising, the report suggests giving may continue to be lower than normal.
  • Canadian Heritage says it is planning an in-person July 1 celebration in Ottawa after two summers of online celebrations.
  • Worldwide there have been 493,765,532+ cases, 6,159,580+ deaths and 11,050,488,223+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 5

  • Ontario reports 1,991+ new cases today for a total of 1,176,677+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,479 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 468+ new cases in Toronto, 159+ in Peel Region, 113+ in York, 124+ in Hamilton and 96+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,091 in hospital, 173 in intensive care and 96 on ventilator. There have been 1,139,179 cases resolved, up 2,117.
  • So far, there have been 32,103,995+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,127,114+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 14,474 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,608,459. There are 8,643 pending.
  • There are 69 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 308 resident cases, 199 staff. So far, 4,421 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • Ontarians aged 60 or over will soon be able to get a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as hospitalizations on Tuesday climbed past the 1,000 mark for the first time since February.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 79+ new cases for a total of 66,975+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 765, up one. There are 1,526 active cases. There are 19 in hospital, two in ICU. There are 21+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,379,282 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,530 with one dose of vaccine; 862,841 residents who have received a second dose, 542,515 have had three shots and 12,396 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec is reporting 981,539+ confirmed cases, up 2,615. So far, 14,442 people have died. There are 1,479 people in hospital including 69 in intensive care. The province completed 15,540 PCR tests on April 3. So far, 19,045,201 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,878+ cases in total. There have been 293 deaths. There are 694 active cases and 35,891 cases resolved. There are 14 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 853,243 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec has decided to keep the indoor mask mandate for at least two more weeks to April 30. It was to expire in mid-April.
  • In Canada, 3,498,713+ cases with 37,690 deaths. There are 165,224+ active cases and there have been 3,295,799 cases resolved.
  • Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending the “rapid deployment” of second COVID-19 booster shots for seniors aged 80 and up in the community and those living in long-term care and other congregate settings. NACI added that regions may also consider offering a second COVID-19 booster dose to adults between 70 to 79 years living in the community.By comprise, late last month U.S. regulators authorized a fourth dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans 50 and older.
  • Worldwide there have been 493,939,887+ cases, 6,171,108+ deaths and 11,009,318,838+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest metropolis of Shanghai is “extremely grim” as 26 million people are confined to their homes.

April 4

  • Ontario reports 2,248+ new cases today for a total of 1,174,686+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,470 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 590+ new cases in Toronto, 139+ in Peel Region, 149+ in York, 113+ in Hamilton and 96+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 857 in hospital, 168 in intensive care and 92 on ventilator. There have been 1,137,062 cases resolved, up 1,697. Test positivity has gone up to 19 per cent, the highest since mid-January.
  • So far, there have been 32,097,800+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,125,870+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 11,195 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,593,985. There are 3,151 pending.
  • There are 65 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 355 resident cases, 191 staff. So far, 4,420 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 501+ new cases over the weekend for a total of 66,896+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 765, up one. There are 1,526 active cases. There are 11 in hospital, no one in ICU. There are 22+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,379,282 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,530 with one dose of vaccine; 862,841 residents who have received a second dose, 542,515 have had three shots and 12,396 have received a fourth dose.
  • Unvaccinated City of Ottawa employees can return to their jobs, as long as they don’t work in certain high-risk settings.
  • Ottawa’s Muslims are celebrating the first in-person Ramadan since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Ontario’s police watchdog has closed its investigation of an interaction between a police horse and a woman during the convoy protest in Ottawa because her injury was not serious enough to fall under the organization’s jurisdiction. 
  • Quebec is reporting 978,924+ confirmed cases, up 2,331. So far, 14,411 people have died. There are 1,407 people in hospital including 69 in intensive care. The province completed 15,157 PCR tests on April 2. So far, 19,031,344 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,811+ cases in total. There have been 293 deaths. There are 677 active cases and 35,841 cases resolved. There are 11 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 853,243 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec is considering extending mask mandates in the province, which were expected to be lifted April 15. An announcement is expected Tuesday.
  • In Canada, 3,498,713+ cases with 37,690 deaths. There are 165,224+ active cases and there have been 3,295,799 cases resolved.
  • A new survey suggests more Canadians are becoming divided from each other, with some saying issues have led them to reduce contact with friends or family. The key issues causing polarization are the pandemic and the last federal election. The national phone survey was conducted by the Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research at the University of Saskatchewan between March 7 and March 24. 
  • Worldwide there have been 491,553,056+ cases, 6,153,454+ deaths and 10,996,841,309+ vaccine doses have been administered.

April 1

  • Ontario reports 3,519+ new cases today for a total of 1,166,128+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,451 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 724+ new cases in Toronto, 249+ in Peel Region, 165+ in York, 186+ in Hamilton and 102+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 804 in hospital, 167 in intensive care and 97 on ventilator. There have been 1,131,601 cases resolved, up 2,173.
  • So far, there have been 32,073,847+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,119,855+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 17,468 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,552,694. There are 5,848 pending.
  • There are 65 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 355 resident cases, 191 staff. So far, 4,417 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 216+ new cases today for a total of 66,395+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 764, up one. There are 1,281 active cases. There are 10 in hospital, no one in ICU. There are 23+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,375,099 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,104 with one dose of vaccine; 862,063 residents who have received a second dose, 540,202 have had three shots and 11,730 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec is reporting 970,951+ confirmed cases, up 3,182. So far, 14,382 people have died. There are 1,275 people in hospital including 62 in intensive care. The province completed 21,139 PCR tests on March 30. So far, 18,669,587 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,484+ cases in total. There have been 293 deaths. There are 581 active cases and 35,610 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 848,413 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, 3,484,560+ cases with 37,626 deaths. There are 159,270+ active cases and there have been 3,287,664 cases resolved.
  • New federal modelling points to there will be an increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks because the much more infectious BA.2 subvariant is circulating widely. Canada’s chief public health officer says the national response will be different now than it has been in the past. “We are now in a period of transition, and we anticipate that progress will not be linear and that there will likely be more bumps along the way, including resurgence in cases this spring,” said Dr. Theresa Tam. “However, with higher levels of population immunity, proven protective practices to slow the spread and reduced pressure on the health system, we are in a stronger position to get back to more of the things we love, while continuing to keep each other safer.” Tam says COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths are at a low point because of strong vaccine coverage and natural immunity.
  • In a statement, the federal Treasury Board Secretariat says it supports hybrid models which allow working in the office and working at home where appropriate. The department says it is taking input from public health experts, as well as occupational health and safety committees about the future of work in the federal public service.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada no longer have to provide proof of a negative COVID test.
  • Worldwide there have been 488,654,695+ cases, 6,144,667+ deaths and 10,974,244,311+ vaccine doses have been administered.

March 31

  • Ontario reports 3,139+ new cases today for a total of 1,162,609+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,433 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 403+ new cases in Toronto, 101+ in Peel Region, 138+ in York, 92+ in Hamilton and 76+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 807 in hospital, 166 in intensive care and 93 on ventilator. There have been 1,129,428 cases resolved, up 2,121.
  • So far, there have been 32,064,229+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,117,682+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 18,318 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,535,226. There are 6,284 pending.
  • There are 59 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 335 resident cases, 175 staff. So far, 4,415 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • The Ontario government has no plans to reintroduce mandatory masking or pause its reopening plans, even as a sixth wave of COVID-19 is underway in the province, Minister of Health Christine Elliott says.
  • Ontario residents are much more likely to say that the Ford government has done a poor job than a good one in its handling of health care, housing affordability, education, the economy, and other core voter issues, a new survey by the Angus Reid Institute shows.
  • Public Health Ontario is taking over operation of Ontario’s expert group of COVID-19 pandemic advisers. The agency has announced it would host the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table on a permanent basis starting on April 4. 
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 197+ new cases today for a total of 66,179+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 763, up one. There are 1,155 active cases. There are eight in hospital, no one in ICU. There are 20+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,375,099 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,104 with one dose of vaccine; 862,063 residents who have received a second dose, 540,202 have had three shots and 11,730 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec is reporting 967,769+ confirmed cases, up 3,319. So far, 14,365 people have died. There are 1,238 people in hospital including 66 in intensive care. The province completed 19,860 PCR tests on March 29. So far, 18,962,376 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,395+ cases in total. There have been 293 deaths. There are 517 active cases and 35,585 cases resolved. There are 10 in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 848,413 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec’s interim public health director is not ruling out maintaining the mask mandate beyond the date in April when it is to lift and even possibly reimposing some health measures as COVID-19 cases surge again. “The month of April will be difficult,” said Dr. Luc Boileau, adding cases will likely drop off come May. He said it’s time people understand the importance of this wave and most of all, the habits to follow. 
  • In Canada, 3,472,041+ cases with 37,571 deaths. There are 150,262+ active cases and there have been 3,284,208 cases resolved.
  • A report from Royal LePage suggests the price of a lakeside or mountaintop cottage is going to jump significantly this year, following a similar trend from last year. Royal LePage expects a double-digit gain in the national recreational house price in 2022.“ The factors challenging Canada’s residential real estate market – chronic low supply and growing demand – are amplified in the recreational property segment,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage in a news release. 
  • Real gross domestic product grew 0.2 per cent in January, up for the eighth month in a row. Goods-producing industries increased 0.8 per cent in January, while the effects of the Omicron variant continued to take the wind out of the sails of services-producing industries (0.0 per cent), Statistics Canada says.
  • Worldwide there have been 486,990,475+ cases, 6,139,477+ deaths and 10,940,617,757+ vaccine doses have been administered.

March 30

  • Ontario reports 2,814+ new cases today for a total of 1,159,470+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,427 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 403+ new cases in Toronto, 101+ in Peel Region, 138+ in York, 92+ in Hamilton and 76+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 778 in hospital, 165 in intensive care and 94 on ventilator. There have been 1,127,307 cases resolved, up 2,419.
  • So far, there have been 32,054,772+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,115,371+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 17,309 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,516,908. There are 6,724 pending.
  • There are 56 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 328 resident cases, 153 staff. So far, 4,414 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • The Ford government will continue to provide free rapid antigen tests until at least the end of July as the head of the Ontario Science Advisory Table says the province is in the midst of a sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 172+ new cases today for a total of 65,982+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 762. There are 1,057 active cases. There are eight in hospital, no one in ICU. There are 21+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,375,099 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,104 with one dose of vaccine; 862,063 residents who have received a second dose, 540,202 have had three shots and 11,730 have received a fourth dose.
  • Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches says Ottawa Public Health is directly reaching out to people over 50 who are eligible for another vaccine dose to help them gain better protection against symptoms and hospitalization. Data shows there are about 60,000 people in this age range with two doses, but not three. For age groups under 50, fewer than two-thirds of residents have a third dose. OPH is concerned by the resurgence of COVID-19 in the city and has informed Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.
  • Overall ridership on OC Transpo in 2021 averaged just 32 per cent of what used to be considered normal back in 2019. 
  • Quebec is reporting 964,450+ confirmed cases, up 3,067. So far, 14,353 people have died. There are 1,200 people in hospital including 60 in intensive care. The province completed 20,475 PCR tests on March 28. So far, 18,944,641 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,319+ cases in total. There have been 293 deaths. There are 471 active cases and 35,555 cases resolved. There are nine in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 848,413 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec’s public health institute has declared a sixth wave of the pandemic.
  • In Canada, 3,460,172+ cases with 37,506 deaths. There are 142,158+ active cases and there have been 3,280,508 cases resolved.
  • COVID-19 has exacerbated isolation in communities in Canada. A new survey by the Angus Reid Institute shows that 36 per cent of Canadians say they have had less interaction with neighbours recently than they used to. This group points squarely to COVID-19 and pandemic restrictions for this, with 78 per cent saying that’s their main reason for seeing and talking to people less often.
  • Worldwide there have been 485,315,008+ cases, 6,134,229+ deaths and 10,927,764,686+ vaccine doses have been administered.

March 29

  • Ontario reports 1,610+ new cases today for a total of 1,156,656+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,414 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 403+ new cases in Toronto, 101+ in Peel Region, 138+ in York, 92+ in Hamilton and 76+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 790 in hospital, 165 in intensive care and 84 on ventilator. There have been 1,124,888 cases resolved, up 1,683.
  • So far, there have been 32,046,288+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,113,240+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 12,302 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,499,599. There are 6,818 pending.
  • There are 54 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 297 resident cases, 141 staff. So far, 4,409 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • The Ontario government has released a plan to keep the province open going forward including measures to retain and attract health-care staff. A Plan to Stay Open would see the introduction of the Ontario Learn and Stay Grant that, starting in spring 2023, would cover tuition, books and other costs for up to 2,500 nursing and other health-care students who agree to work in an underserviced community on graduation. The plan calls for an expanded health-care workforce, in part by making it easier for foreign-trained medical professionals to overcome employment barriers and also by increasing the number of doctor training positions in the province. A $3-an-hour wage increase for long-term care personal support workers would be made permanent under the plan.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 91+ new cases today for a total of 65,810+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 762. There are 995 active cases. There are nine in hospital, no one in ICU. There are 21+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,375,099 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,104 with one dose of vaccine; 862,063 residents who have received a second dose, 540,202 have had three shots and 11,730 have received a fourth dose.
  • Quebec is reporting 961,383+ confirmed cases, up 2,171. So far, 14,345 people have died. There are 1,153 people in hospital including 63 in intensive care. The province completed 13,139 PCR tests on March 27. So far, 18,935,508 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,268+ cases in total. There have been 291 deaths. There are 464 active cases and 35,513 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 848,202 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • The Quebec government will overhaul its health care and social services system over the next three years. The plan, announced formally today, includes eliminating mandatory overtime for nurses, hiring 3,000 clerks by the end of the year to take on some of the paperwork, more home-care services for seniors, modernizing access to medical data and the creation of electronic health records accessible to patients. Quebec is also planning to change the way family doctors are paid, from a per-act to a per-patient basis, in an effort to get those doctors to take on more patients. The plan also foresees alternatives for front-line care, including giving nurse practitioners, paramedics and pharmacists more power to treat patients.
  • In Canada, 3,450,406+ cases with 37,461 deaths. There are 140,233+ active cases and there have been 3,272,712 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 482,422,736+ cases, 6,128,352+ deaths and 10,901,165,964+ vaccine doses have been administered.

March 28

  • Ontario reports 1,741+ new cases today for a total of 1,155,046+ cases. The province has seen a total of 12,405 deaths. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19, excluding those not directly by the virus). There were 406+ new cases in Toronto, 76+ in Peel Region, 113+ in York, 77+ in Hamilton and 63+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 655 in hospital, 158 in intensive care and 92 on ventilator. There have been 1,123,205 cases resolved, up 1,450.
  • So far, there have been 32,040,321+ vaccinations delivered in Ontario, 12,111,700+ with two doses. 
  • The province had completed 6,243 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 23,487,297. There are 3,568 pending.
  • There are 57 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 286 resident cases, 142 staff. So far, 4,407 residents have died. (The province has changed the way it counts deaths from COVID-19 excluding those not directly by the virus).
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 732+ new cases over the weekend for a total of 65,719+ cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 762. There are 1,030 active cases. There are 10 in hospital, no one in ICU. There are 21+ outbreaks. So far, in Ottawa, 2,375,099 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 961,104 with one dose of vaccine; 862,063 residents who have received a second dose, 540,202 have had three shots and 11,730 have received a fourth dose.
  • Ottawa’s wastewater is confirming what has been evident for a few days. The city is now in a surge of BA.2 infection. Wastewater shows the same level of virus as it did during the peak of the first Omicron wave in January. Only last spring, during the Delta wave, was the level higher.
  • The Ottawa Police Services Board is meeting in person today for the first time since Feb. 24 when it met in controversy during the convoy occupation of downtown.
  • Ottawa police have announced nine more charges against Independent Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP Randy Hillier for activities related to the convoy occupation of downtown Ottawa. The charges are: assaulting a peace or public officer; two counts of obstructing or resisting a public officer; obstructing or resisting someone aiding a public or peace officer; three counts of counselling an uncommitted indictable offence, two of them considered mischief and two counts of mischief or obstructing property exceeding $5,000. The outspoken MPP also faces about 25 charges related to a slew of protests against COVID-19 measures.
  • Quebec is reporting 959,212+ confirmed cases, up 1,614. So far, 14,325 people have died. There are 1,115 people in hospital including 53 in intensive care. The province completed 11,964 PCR tests on March 26. So far, 18,930,941 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there are 36,268+ cases in total. There have been 291 deaths. There are 464 active cases and 35,513 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 848,202 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec’s interim public health director says the province appears to be heading toward a sixth wave of COVID-19, driven by the Omicron subvariant BA.2.  
  • In Canada, 3,440,975+ cases with 37,424 deaths. There are 136,426+ active cases and there have been 3,267,125 cases resolved.
  • Worldwide there have been 481,012,947+ cases, 6,124,113+ deaths and 10,894,000,059+ vaccine doses have been administered.

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