Ontario Reports 42 New Coronavirus Deaths; hospitalizations continue their record climb

Ontario reported 42 new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday as hospitalizations continued to climb to pandemic records.

The Health Ministry says there are 3,814 people hospitalized with COVID-19, nearly 200 more than 24 hours ago.

Of these, 527 adults are in intensive care and 288 are breathing with a ventilator, up from 388 and 177 respectively a week ago.

In addition, eight children are in pediatric intensive care due to COVID-19, according to the Ontario Hospital Association.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 54 per cent of acute care inpatients admitted were being treated for COVID-19 and 46 per cent were admitted for other medical treatment.

Yesterday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Kieran Moore hinted that the province could see a spike in hospital admissions due to Omicron by next week.

The Ford government closed restaurants and indoor fitness centers on January 5, saying the closure would be “time-limited” and end on January 26.

Moore said Thursday he couldn’t “guarantee” that reopening timeline for businesses.

Forty-one of the deaths reported on Friday occurred in the past month and one new death was confirmed before December 14.

There have now been 10,522 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Ontario since March 2020, including 206 last week.

Eleven of Friday’s deaths were among residents of the long-term care system.

Of Friday’s confirmed cases, 1,458 involved unvaccinated people, 365 involved partially vaccinated people, 8,518 involved people who received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the status of 623 additional cases was not known. .

Of those still eligible for the COVID-19 PCR test in the province, 10,964 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Friday.

Provincial labs processed 58,031 samples in the previous period, generating a positivity rate of 21.8%.

The progress of the Omicron variant across the province and country has become increasingly difficult to track as jurisdictions limit access to testing.

Health bureaucrats hope hospitalizations will spike a bit later in January, with intensive care admissions peaking in early February.

The province says 163,036 vaccine doses were administered Thursday, including 13,720 first doses, 12,766 second doses and 136,327 third doses.

Across all age groups, 83.5% of residents have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 78% have two doses, and 36% 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 numbers at different times.

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