COVID-19 related death toll in Ontario hits 10,000

A Barrie man was Ontario's first death from the virus

There have been 10,000 COVID-19-related deaths in Ontario since March 2020.

The grim milestone was reached Tuesday when the province reported three more deaths and 687 new infections.

A 77-year-old Barrie man was Ontario’s first death from COVID-19.

He died on March 11, 2020 at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. He had been in close contact with another positive case. COVID-19 was discovered after his death.

The news of his death came hours after Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency.

In the spring of 2020, projections released by the province suggested that over a two-year span, Ontario would likely see between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths due to the virus.

As of Tuesday, the province said nearly 89.9 per cent of Ontarians 12 and up have received one dose of vaccine, and nearly 86.4 per cent have two doses.