Ontario Hospital Association says province is in third wave of COVID-19

OHA says new variants of concern are steeply rising

The third wave is here, says the province’s hospital association.

In a tweet on Monday, the OHA said that new variants of concern (VOC) cases are steeply rising and the number of patients in intensive care is trending upwards.

“We’re now in wave three,” the OHA said, adding that “strong adherence to public health measures is urgently needed to prevent overwhelming hospitals.”

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 120 new COVID-19 cases on Monday since the last update on Friday and 80 additional confirmed VOCs.

The province confirmed 1,268 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. 

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, was cautious when assessing the COVID situation and said the province is “into that base of a third wave.” He added that modellers are now assessing the situation.

“What does that mean? How big it is? That’s to be determined,” Williams said.

He said with COVID-19 vaccine rates and variants of concern infections both increasing at the same time, Ontario is now in a “race against time.”