Monday, July 4, 2022

Ontario reports 2 COVID-19 deaths, ICU occupancy remains stable

Ontario is reporting two more COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday as the number of patients in intensive care remains virtually unchanged.

The province says two deaths occurred last month and one of those deaths was in a long-term care home.

Since March 2020, the province says there are 13,225 people who have died from the virus.

The health ministry says there are 643 patients with the virus in hospitals across the province, down from 809 a week ago.

Of those patients, 145 are in intensive care, one from yesterday and seven fewer than a week ago. On Saturday, the province saw it’s lowest ICU occupancy rate in six months.

Forty per cent of the hospitalized patients were admitted for reasons related to COVID-19 and 60 per cent were admitted for other reasons and later tested positive.

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Meanwhile, 65 per cent ICU patients were admitted for the virus and 35 per cent were admitted for other reasons and tested positive.

However, the ministry said hospital and ICU figures should be interpreted with caution because of the delay in reporting over the weekend.

According to the ministry, Ontario laboratories processed more than 8,200 tests yesterday, producing a positivity rate of 8.6 percent, up from nine percent this time a week ago.

The province confirmed 878 more infections today, but health officials say the number of daily cases is low due to limited access to PCR testing.

In the latest cases, 582 individuals have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 159 have received two doses, 95 are partially or unvaccinated and 42 have unknown immunization status.

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Yesterday the province delivered 12,158 doses of vaccine into the arms of Ontarians.

So far, 90 percent of Ontario people five years of age and older have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 87 percent have received two doses and 52 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.

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