Ontario is reporting 1,591 people in hospital as of Friday, with 214 in intensive care.
This is less than 35 for hospitalizations but an increase of seven for ICU from the previous day.
Last Friday, there were 1,427 hospitalizations with 182 in the ICU. This is an increase of around 11 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively, compared to this week’s figures.
As per the latest breakdown of hospitalisations, 54 per cent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19. Of those in the ICU, 39 percent were admitted for other reasons.
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Meanwhile, Ontario also reported 4,668 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, much higher than normal given testing restrictions. However, the Ministry of Health indicates that the data was catch-up and “does not reflect the actual daily increase in the number of cases.”
The provincial case total now stands at 1,234,240.
The death toll in the province rose to 12,704 from the previous day as 26 more virus-related deaths were added, but the report noted that one death was removed after a data cleanup.
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A total of 1,188,438 have been cured, which is about 96 per cent of the known cases. There was an increase of 3,626 in the resolved cases since the previous day.
As for vaccination, 91.1 percent of the population 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated. First dose coverage is 92.9 percent. Third-dose vaccination is 56.3 percent – more than 7.2 million Ontarians have received a booster shot.
For younger children aged five to 11 years, coverage of the first dose is 56.1 percent, with 34.8 percent of those who are fully vaccinated.
The province gave 36,134 doses in the last day.
The government said 20,828 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. At present, the investigation of 8,340 tests is going on.
The test positivity rate stands at 16.1 per cent from the 18.8 per cent reported a week ago.
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