Halton’s hospitals remain above capacity and about 100 people are being treated for COVID-19 in the area.
98 people have been infected with COVID-19 in four hospitals in the region, of whom 10 are in intensive care. Hospitals are at 106 per cent capacity for acute care beds while ICU beds are at 80 per cent capacity.
Unvaccinated people three times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19
The number of cases has dropped dramatically, but this is likely due to the availability of testing. The province limited testing to high-risk individuals before the new year. Those who are experiencing symptoms, those who do not meet the criteria for testing, are being asked to isolate and assume they have COVID-19. Those case numbers are not being recorded.
The region’s website cautions that “the recent surge in omicron cases means that testing capacity is limited and case, contact and outbreak management has been revised to focus on high-risk settings.” As a result, it says, “the true number of cases in the community, and outbreaks, will be underestimated.”
After registering 500 to 800 cases in a row in the last one week, only 326 cases were registered on Tuesday. 134 cases were reported in Oakville, 99 in Burlington, 93 in Milton and 39 in Halton Hills.
Halton did not report any deaths. There have been 253 COVID-19 related deaths in the region.
The vaccination rate for Halton residents 12 years of age and older stood at 89 percent, with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 87 percent for two doses. Of the 3,662 doses given on Monday, only 79 were second doses.
91.1 percent of residents across the province have taken at least one dose And 88.5 percent have two.
For Halton residents aged 5-12 years, 61 percent have received at least one dose while seven percent have received two.
COVID-19 in Ontario
There are currently 3,220 people in hospital with COVID-19, 753 more than yesterday. The province said on Tuesday that 46 percent of COVID-19 patients who had been admitted for other reasons had tested positive.
There are 477 patients in intensive care units with COVID-19, an increase of 39 from yesterday.
Ontario reported 7,951 COVID-19 cases, again, a lack of available testing is likely not to give an accurate picture of case totals.
The province also reported 21 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 10,339.