Ontario Reports 35 New Coronavirus Deaths; hospital admissions hit new pandemic record

Ontario reported 35 new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, with hospitals reporting a new all-time high for combined acute care and intensive care admissions.

The health ministry said there were 3,630 people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 2,472 a week ago.

Of these, 500 adults were in intensive care, 162 more than a week ago.

With Thursday’s report, a total of 208 people have died from COVID-19 in the province over the past week, including 33 residents of long-term care homes.

Dr Martin Betts of the Scarborough Health Network said his hospital had “never seen more COVID-19 patients” than it is currently seeing.

“We have 20% more COVID patients than we have ever had at any time during the pandemic,” he told CP24.

He said that while COVID patients in non-critical wards are currently the bulk of the burden, that will likely change later this month.

“It is probably only a matter of time before these patients register in the ICU.”

Health officials said this week they expected hospital admissions to peak in the second half of January, with the number of intensive care units peaking in early February.

The province recently began to distinguish between people admitted to hospital due to symptoms of COVID-19, from so-called “incidental” admissions where COVID-19 was not the reason a patient started treatment at the hospital. hospital.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Thursday that 18% of intensive care patients and 46% of acute care patients admitted to hospitals had been admitted for other medical care and were subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Betts told CP24 that the distinction is a “misconception”.

He said that outside of people admitted for trauma such as a broken bone or pregnant women in labor, COVID-19 is very often a factor or the main factor explaining why a patient needs care.

“The (prop) numbers don’t really reflect the illnesses that we really see. In my intensive care unit last week, we admitted patients suffering from cardiac arrest, due to COVID, we admitted them with congestive heart failure, because they were suffering from myocarditis due to COVID, ”a he declared.

“So I don’t do a lot of numbers on COVID-19. What we have found in our hospitals, if you are admitted with “pure” COVID, your length of stay is actually shorter than if you had a chance discovery of COVID. “

Provincial laboratories processed nearly 59,000 test samples during the previous period, generating a positivity rate of 21.4%.

The total number of cases detected Thursday was 9,909.

But everyone involved in Ontario’s pandemic response now says it is a significant undercoverage due to major limits on access to testing two weeks ago.

Of those who qualified for PCR testing, 1,336 of the positive cases detected Thursday involved unvaccinated people, 303 partially vaccinated people, 7,753 people who received at least two doses of vaccine and the status of 517 other cases. was not known.

Ontario says 164,000 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given on Wednesday.

Of these, 11,839 were first doses, 11,195 were second doses and 140,840 were third doses.

Across all age groups, 83.5 percent of residents have at least one dose, 78 percent have two doses, and 35 percent have three doses.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily epidemiological summary. The number of cases for a city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, as local units report the numbers at different times.

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