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COVID-19: Ontario, Quebec see reduction in hospitalizations, but numbers remain high

Quebec and Ontario both reported declines in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 on Saturday, but numbers remained high in the country’s most populous provinces, which have been hit hard by the Omicron-driven fifth wave of the pandemic.

Quebec and Ontario both reported declines in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 on Saturday, but numbers remained high in the country’s most populous provinces, which have been hit hard by the Omicron-driven fifth wave of the pandemic.

Despite Ontario and Quebec having 88 and 56 hospitalizations, respectively, there were still more than 7,300 virus-related hospitalizations between the two provinces.

Patients needing intensive care also increased, with Ontario reporting 600 patients in ICUs, while Quebec listed 275 patients, an increase of 10 patients in both cases compared to the previous day.

During a briefing on Friday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that despite signs of stabilization in patient numbers in some provinces, the toll on hospitals is high and many hospitals across Canada are under extreme stress.

More than 10,000 people with COVID-19 were being treated in hospitals across Canada over the past week, surpassing the peak daily number in all previous waves of the pandemic.

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Federal health officials said Friday that daily case counts, positivity rates and wastewater monitoring show early signs that the pandemic’s omicron-driven wave is peaking nationally, but the volume of cases has resulted in more hospitalizations and deaths. There are.

Among the provinces reporting the data on Saturday, Ontario reported 47 COVID-19-linked deaths and Quebec added 68 deaths.

In New Brunswick, health officials reported six more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday. 125 people are in hospital, including 12 in intensive care.

In Prince Edward Island, officials announced a fifth death linked to COVID-19 during this wave of the pandemic. Health officials described the victim as a man in his 80s.

The provinces, reporting on Saturday, encouraged people to get their booster shot. Tam acknowledged Friday that there may eventually be discussions with provinces and territories about what constitutes full immunization.

Federal officials have changed their terminology when referring to the third dose as being “up-to-date” on vaccinations. Many provinces require full vaccinations to access certain non-essential businesses, travel and other activities.

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Tam noted globally and across Canada, the number of people receiving the third dose varied.

For example, in Quebec, which recently opened third-dose entitlement to all adults, about 39 percent received an additional dose. The province’s health minister said he intends to extend his vaccine passport to require a third dose once more people have a chance to receive it.

In New Brunswick, about 61 percent of people age 50 and older have received a booster dose.

New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, Dr Jennifer Russell, said in a statement on Saturday: “We know that people who have been fully vaccinated and have a booster dose are more likely to develop severe illness or hospitalization for COVID- Gives better protection than 19.”

The more permeable Omicron version has made the need for a booster clear, with Tam saying this is not the time to discuss changing the definition.

“But we will re-examine policies like that going forward,” Tam said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 22, 2022.

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