Ontario confirmed 23 net new COVID-19 deaths in the past two days as 1,130 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus.
The Ministry of Health released coronavirus data for yesterday and today due to the Good Friday holiday.
It reported 13 net new deaths on Friday and 10 deaths today, raising the death toll in the province to 12,629.
Of the 23 deaths, five were among long-term care home residents.
The ministry says 1,427 patients were being treated in hospitals on Friday, and that number has come down to 1,130 today.
Of those hospitalized today, 45 percent were admitted for reasons related to COVID-19 and 55 percent for other reasons, but later tested positive for the virus.
In addition, 182 of the hospitalized patients were in intensive care on Friday and three more were added to the ICU today.
On Thursday, Ontario’s Science Advisory Table released new COVID-19 estimates and said hospitalizations could surpass 3,000 by May in the most likely scenario, the height of the fifth wave of the pandemic this past winter. levels experienced during
The table also predicted that the number of COVID patients in ICU would increase, but the last peak would be less likely than the last peak.
According to the ministry, Ontario laboratories processed about 19,300 PCR tests in the last 24 hours, generating a positivity rate of 18.5 percent, compared to 18.4 percent a week ago.
In addition, the province confirmed 4,201 infections today, although this is still low due to limited testing. On Friday, the province confirmed 4,332 new cases.
Of the new cases reported today, 2,668 individuals have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 912 have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 455 have not been fully vaccinated and 166 have unknown vaccination status. has been found.
Earlier this week, the head of Ontario’s science advisory table said the number of daily cases has slowed amid the sixth wave of the pandemic, based on wastewater data.
“We know we’ve slowed down. Is it a plateau now, and we live on a higher plateau? Do we go up again, especially after Easter? It’s up to us. Or do we go down let’s start? .
Juni said the slowdown could be attributed to several factors, including immunity accumulated through vaccination and infection.
So far, 90 percent of Ontario people five years of age and older have received one 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.