According to Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO), which combines daily internal reports for hospitals and health organizations, there are now 421 patients in ICUs in the province.
The premier made the comments during a news conference on Wednesday shortly after the latest Critical Care Services Ontario report, obtained by CTV News Toronto, showed there are now 421 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units (ICUs) across the province.
COVID-19 infections in Ontario have remained above the 2,000 mark for the better part of a week.
The province's seven-day average for number of cases recorded is now 2,316, up from 1,676 one week ago.
More than 52,500 tests were completed since the last daily update. "And while some people have chosen not to use theirs, I think our experience with their system has been very successful".
"Trying to operate and manage a booking and scheduling system for an enterprise as large as the vaccine effort in the City of Toronto requires that level of provincial coordination", Pegg said. "Right now in Ontario, the pandemic is completely out of control", Dr. Peter Juni, the table's scientific director and a professor of medicine and epidemiology with the University of Toronto, said in an interview with CBC Canada prior to the briefing note's publication.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce, meanwhile, said that "as of today, we're proceeding, and we're just going to build out a plan" based on the advice of chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams.
Wednesday's report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 349,903, including deaths and recoveries. Ontario's COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Schedule, a panel of experts advising the government on its epidemiology, now accounts for 69 percent of variants in new epidemics.
The province continues to see an upward trend of cases of the more contagious variants of concern (VOC), which are predominately of the variant first reported in the United Kingdom.
There are at least 1,229 cases of the B.1.1.7. variant in Ontario, as well as 70 B.1.351 variant and 92 P.1. variant.
Tory also announced the city is contributing $370,000 of funding for community agencies in response to the need for support in communities that are "at higher risk for COVID-19, experience vaccine hesitancy, or face other barriers to accessing a COVID-19 vaccine".
105,345 residents of Ottawa have had one dose of the vaccine, while 24,968 have had two.