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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

More than 800 COVID-19 hospitals in Ontario, including 166 in ICU

Hospitals in Ontario have more than 800 patients with COVID-19 on Thursday, a 22 percent week-on-week increase amid the pandemic’s sixth wave.

The health ministry says there are 807 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the province, up from 778 yesterday and a significant increase from 661 a week ago.

Today marks the highest hospitalization since March 4 when 821 people were in hospitals with the virus.

The ministry says 48 per cent of the hospital’s patients were admitted for COVID-19, while 52 per cent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

Of those currently hospitalised, 166 are in intensive care, up more than one from a week ago.

Seventy-four percent of ICU patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 26 percent were admitted for other reasons, but they tested positive.

Epidemiologists not affiliated with the government said this week that the province had entered a sixth wave of the pandemic as cases and hospitalizations continued to rise.

“When you look at our wastewater, it’s very clear. You can call it whatever you want, you know; whether it’s a resurgence of the Omicron wave that we had or the sixth wave, it’s really important to understand that.” It’s not a BA.2 wave,” Dr. Peter Juni, Scientific Director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, told CP24 Tuesday. Night.

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The highly infectious Omicron subvariant cannot be blamed for Ontario’s rising case, but the increase in transmission could mostly be linked to the lifting of pandemic restrictions, he said.

“The thing here is, it’s totally our responsibility to see what we’re looking for and we’ve gotten a little bit ahead of ourselves and here we are,” Juni said. “And we just have our job to keep the slope of the wave relatively flat so that we don’t have to be challenged again in our hospitals.”

The province reported six net new deaths today, with five of the deaths from last month and more than a month ago.

According to the ministry, one of the deaths was a long-term care home resident.

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The province says there have been a total of 12,433 virus-related deaths since March 2020.

Ontario laboratories processed more than 18,300 tests in the past 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 16 percent, compared to 13.4 percent a week ago.

The province confirmed 3,139 more coronavirus cases today, but health officials say this is an underestimate due to testing restrictions.

In the latest cases, 1,722 persons have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 840 have received two doses, 367 have been partially vaccinated and 210 have received unknown vaccination status.

To date, 89 percent of Ontarians aged five and older have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 86 percent have received two doses and 51 percent have received three doses.

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

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