Published Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9:53PM EDT
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health, said there are currently 1,010 people in the hospital, with 194 of them in intensive care. Of those, 128 are intubated.
"The figures for people currently in hospital, people currently in ICU, and people currently intubated are all the highest recorded at any point in the pandemic so far," de Villa said.
"I ask everyone to ask themselves if we should mark this loss of life in some way more than is a milestone. And that is why I asked all of us to reflect on this terrible loss of life and on what we can do in the days and weeks ahead," de Villa said.
"COVID-19 spreads easily, in part to the extent that we make it easy. And we know how to make it difficult. Staying home, staying apart, keeping a careful distance outdoors when we're around people we don't live with, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated as soon as you can."
The doctor said it is critical that for the next few weeks to strictly follow these self-protection measures to disrupt the spread of COVID-19.
"This is a time for everyone to commit to their part, wherever it may be. There are many times when we cannot avoid one another. And there are many times we can," de Villa said.
"In consideration of all those lost to COVID-19, I ask each of us in all walks of life to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of the virus."
Dr. de Villa joined CP24 to answer your questions and concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the vaccine rollout.