Ontario reports 22 new COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations continue

Ontario health officials are reporting 1,734 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday and 22 new deaths related to the virus.

This reflects a marginal increase in hospitalizations compared to Tuesday when 1,730 patients were reported.

Of Wednesday’s hospitalized patients, 225 have not been vaccinated and 1,076 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Forty-five per cent of the patients being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital on Wednesday were admitted for COVID-19, while the remaining 55 per cent tested positive after unrelated admissions. In ICU, those percentages are 66 percent and 34 percent, respectively.

Of the Ontario patients currently being treated for COVID-19 in the ICU, 29 have not been vaccinated and 112 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Officials also reported 22 new deaths due to COVID-19 last month.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 12,772 people have died due to this disease.

With 23,230 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the health ministry says the province’s positivity rate is around 15 percent.

The province reported 3,005 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but health officials have warned that the numbers have been a significant underestimate due to testing limits and backlogs.

Last week, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr Kieran Moore said he was “cautiously optimistic” that virus-related hospitalizations are expected in the coming days.

Today’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 1,249,018.

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