Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Ontario ICU Occupancy Due to COVID-19 Rebound; No new deaths for the first time in a month

Ontario on Monday reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in nearly a month, as the number of people admitted to ICUs climbed after three days of decline.

On the last day the province reported that there had been no fatalities on 4 April.

Since then, the province has reported 370 COVID-19 deaths.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says that the spread of the SARS-COV-2 virus in Ontario wastewater has stabilized in all areas west of the GTA except Central Ontario.

UHN infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch said of the wastewater data, “Sometimes it’s a little up, sometimes it’s a little down, sometimes it’s a plateau, and of course it’s a It’s a huge province, so it’s different in different areas of the province.” First showing a daily decline before rising again in the sixth wave.

Without universal access to free, centrally documented testing, Bogoch said it is difficult to say with certainty where the province is in the sixth wave of COVID-19.

“We don’t have extensive community-based testing, so it’s hard for us to know where we are in this wave with some degree of certainty.”

Provincial laboratories processed 11,849 test samples in the last 24 hours, generating a positivity rate of 14 per cent.

The positivity has dropped to an average of 14.2 per cent this week, down from the 17.5 per cent average a week ago.

In hospitals, the health ministry said that 1,423 patients were admitted with COVID-19 on Monday. This is actually slightly less than the 1,455 patients who were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 at this time last week.

Of the patients currently in hospital, 211 were in intensive care, up 24 from Sunday but down seven from a week earlier.

At least 10 per cent of hospitals reported no COVID-19-related beds on Monday, as is the case each week.

Despite modest declines in hospitalizations and other public health indicators, outbreaks continue to grow in a handful of settings with access to PCR testing.

As of Monday, there were 224 active outbreaks in long-term care homes and another 186 in retirement homes. This is up from 195 and 167, respectively, at this time last week. Hospitals also had 104 active outbreaks, up from 88 a week ago.

Meanwhile, out of 1,275 COVID-19 cases detected through PCR tests in the last 24 hours, the health ministry says 160 included unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, 226 people who were not vaccinated. Two doses were involved, with 826 cases involving those with three or more doses. Vaccine and the vaccination status of 63 others were not known.

The province says 6,015 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given on Sunday.

Of these, 354 were the first dose, 526 the second dose, 1,097 the third dose and 4,038 the fourth dose.

The numbers used in this story are based on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 . are found in 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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