Ontario Reports 43 New Coronavirus Deaths; new record for hospitalizations

Ontario reported 43 new deaths related to COVID-19 as the province hit another record for hospitalizations due to the Omicron variant.

The Department of Health says there are 3,957 patients in hospitals across the province with the virus, surpassing yesterday’s pandemic peak of 3,814 and up from 2,594 hospitalizations a week ago.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 53% were admitted to hospital with coronavirus, while 47% were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

Among the hospitalizations, 558 patients are in intensive care, compared to 385 a week ago, and 319 patients in intensive care are breathing using a ventilator.

Elliott says 78% of intensive care patients were admitted for COVID-19, while 22% were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

The province says 42 of the new deaths reported today occurred in the past month and one occurred more than a month ago. The death toll from the virus stands at 10,565.

There are currently 417 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care homes across the province, up from 342 a week ago.

Provincial labs processed more than 56,300 tests in the past 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 24.8%, according to the ministry.

The positivity rate appears to be slowly decreasing over the past week, having been at 30.6% seven days ago.

Ontario recorded 10,732 new cases of COVID-19 today, but officials say that’s an underestimate due to limited testing capacity.

Of the latest cases, 8,223 of the individuals are fully vaccinated, 1,539 are unvaccinated, 417 are partially vaccinated and 553 have unknown vaccination status.

Meanwhile, another 22,870 people recovered from the virus yesterday.

To date, at least 88% of eligible Ontarians aged five and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 82% have received two doses and 38% have received three doses.

Since the start of the pandemic two years ago, there have been 937,636 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus and 827,756 recoveries.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Daily Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19. 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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