Ontario reported another pandemic record of 3,814 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 on Friday, marking the fifth straight day the number of hospitalizations has climbed.
Friday’s figure is a jump of more than 1,000 from the same day last week when 2,472 people were hospitalized with the virus.
Of those hospitalized with COVID-19, 53% were admitted seeking treatment for the virus, while 47% were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus, the data shows. of the Ministry of Health. This data does not list a breakdown of previous waves of the virus for comparison.
As of Friday, there were 527 people with COVID-19 in ICUs. This is a jump of 500 patients the day before and 338 a week ago.
According to the dataset, around 80% were admitted to intensive care seeking treatment for COVID-19 and 20% were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the disease.
The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19-related ICU admissions now stands at 463.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported at least 10,964 new cases of the virus on Friday.
As the province recently changed its guidelines to severely limit who is eligible for a PCR test, today’s total case count is likely a drastic undercount of the actual situation. Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table estimates that approximately one in five cases are currently confirmed by the province’s testing regime.
For the 58,031 tests performed, Public Health Ontario reported a positivity rate of 21.8%.
Immunocompromised Ontarians can now reserve the 4th dose
Immunocompromised Ontarians can make an appointment for a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday morning.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Kieran Moore said appointments for moderately to severely immunocompromised people will be available through the provincial vaccine contact center at 8 a.m.
Moore said the move was intended to provide additional protection for vulnerable populations.
The province has already begun administering fourth doses in long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings.
At a press conference on Thursday, Moore also said transplant patients were delaying receiving their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is considered part of their first round of vaccines.
He said only 64% of transplant patients had received a third dose so far.