Ontario reported 56 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, as the burden on the province’s intensive care units remained relatively stable over the past 24 hours.
The number of people hospitalized in intensive care due to COVID-19 remained relatively stable across the province, rising from 600 on Saturday to 604 today.
Overall hospital admissions figures are incomplete on weekends. Three hundred and seventy-three ICU patients are breathing with the help of ventilators, down three since Saturday.
There have been 299 deaths due to COVID-19 in Ontario in the past seven days. Fifty-seven deaths were detected on Sunday but an earlier death was removed from the total.
Seven of the deaths on Sunday involved residents of the long-term care system.
Limits on access to testing make estimates difficult, but the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table estimates that new cases per million residents declined by more than 50 percent in early January, as it reached 1,000 per million has been reached.
They also cite wastewater surveillance data from 33 of Ontario’s 34 public health units, which suggest a small drop in infection rates since early January.
Indoor dining, fitness center activity and cinemas are set to reopen across Ontario in eight days.
Provincial laboratories processed 32,247 samples in the previous period, generating a positivity rate of 18.2 per cent.
Of the cases confirmed through PCR testing, the health ministry said that 835 people included non-vaccinated people, 223 included partially vaccinated people, 4,175 included fully vaccinated people and 600 included people with unknown vaccination status.
The numbers used in this story are from the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 . are found in 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.