Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ontario reports 3,814 people in hospital and 527 patients in ICU with COVID-19

Ontario is reporting a record-breaking number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday, as well as 42 more deaths related to the disease.

There are now 3,814 people in Ontario hospitals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of more than 180 from the day before. More than half of those patients, about 53 per cent, were admitted as a result of their COVID-19 diagnosis.

There are also 527 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, up from 500 the previous day. According to provincial figures, about 80 percent of those patients were admitted as a result of COVID-19.

Another 20 percent tested positive for the disease after being admitted for other diseases.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 384 patients in intensive care have either not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting 10,964 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, though experts warn that number is an underestimate due to a lack of COVID-19 testing.

Forty-two more deaths were also confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario since the start of the pandemic to 10,522. Eleven of Friday’s deaths were residents of long-term care.

With just over 58,600 COVID-19 tests in the last 24-hour period, the health ministry says the province’s positivity rate is now around 21.8 percent.

In total, Ontario has 926,904 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including deaths and recoveries.

Where are the COVID-19 cases?

Most of Friday’s infections are found in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

According to the province’s epidemiological report, there are 1,961 COVID-19 cases in Toronto, 1,561 in the Peel area, 1,054 in Durham and 918 in the York area.

There were also 633 cases in Halton and 604 in Hamilton.

Other municipalities that have recorded more than 400 infections include Waterloo (613) and Ottawa (453).

Nine public health units reported over 100 COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Of the approximately 11,000 infections, 276 were identified in long-term care residents and 126 were detected in health care workers.

Of Friday’s infections, just over 1,800 were identified in people who were either not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, according to provincial data. People who received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had 8,518 infections and 623 cases whose immunization status is unknown.

Backstory:

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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