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Ontario reports 58 more COVID-19 deaths; hospitalizations continue to drop

Ontario reported another 58 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday as the number of patients hospitalized with the virus continues to drop.

There are currently 3,439 people hospitalized with the virus across Ontario, down from 3,535 yesterday and from 4,026 a week ago.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 55 per cent of patients were admitted to the hospital for the virus and 45 per cent were admitted for other reasons but have tested positive for the virus.

Of those hospitalized, 597 patients are in intensive care and 386 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Eighty-two per cent of ICU patients were admitted for the virus and 18 per cent were admitted for other reasons but have tested positive, according to Elliott.

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ICU capacity remains relatively unchanged from a week ago when there were 600 people in intensive care with the virus.

The latest deaths occurred over the past 13 days with nine deaths on Jan. 27, 17 deaths on Jan. 26 and the remaining deaths occurring in the preceding days, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Health.

The ministry also says two deaths were removed from the cumulative tally based on a data cleanup. The province’s virus-related death toll now stands at 11,354.

Ontario reported 4,855 new coronavirus cases today, but that is likely an undercount due to testing restrictions.

Among the latest cases, 3,480 of the individuals are fully vaccinated, 765 are unvaccinated, 207 are partially vaccinated and 403 have an unknown vaccination status.

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So far, 88 per cent of Ontarians aged five years and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 83 per cent have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated and 45 per cent have received three doses.

More to come.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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