Ont. 385 COVID-19 patients now in ICU; 31 more virus-related deaths confirmed today

Ontario is reporting 31 more deaths linked to COVID-19 today, the highest daily confirmed death toll in the province since the end of May.

Provincial health officials say there are now 2,594 patients with COVID-19 in hospitals, up from the record 2,472 hospitalizations reported on Friday.

As of January 6, Public Health Ontario said 51 children aged 0 to 4 were in hospital with COVID-19.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care rose to 385 today, from 338 on Friday, officials say. There are now 219 patients breathing COVID-19 with the aid of ventilators, an increase of 42 since Friday.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 248 people in the ICU have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status, while 137 are fully immunised.

The 31 deaths recorded today are the highest number of virus-related deaths recorded in a 24-hour period since May 24. One death was subtracted from the province’s total today, bringing Ontario’s total to 10,345 since March 2020.

Provincial laboratories confirmed 13,362 new infections today, but with limited testing capacity reserved exclusively for select groups, the majority of members of the public do not have access to COVID-19 testing and, as a result, the province has a higher number of new cases each day. Number is likely. What is being told is much more than that.

The province processed 55,700 tests in the last 24 hours and is reporting a provincewide positivity rate of 30.6 percent.

There are now at least 342 known COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes in the province, up from 312 on Friday.

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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