The number of patients at an Ontario hospital with COVID-19 has risen to 1,455 as ICU admissions rise to 219.
Monday’s figures show an increase in 1,362 hospitalizations and 212 ICU admissions reported a day earlier. It should be noted that not all hospitals report patient data over the weekend.
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Information about the vaccination status of those admitted to the hospital and of accidental admissions was not released.
The data shows that 13,247 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, of which the health ministry said the positivity rate is 15.3 per cent.
While access to PCR testing is limited to select high-risk groups in Ontario, the tests that were conducted identified 2,028 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus.
Two additional deaths were also reported due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the province to 12,736.
Ontario has seen 1,244,186 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began and 1,197,545 individuals have been cured of a laboratory-confirmed infection.
The head of the province’s COVID-19 science table said last week that novel coronavirus infections could rise after the Easter weekend.
However, Dr. Peter Juni also said that recent wastewater data shows a potential peak in transmission. Also, he said that the number of health care workers testing positive for COVID-19 and testing positivity have also declined.