Friday, February 3, 2023

Ontario reports 8,825 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

Health officials in Ontario are reporting 8,825 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, although information on the number of tests performed and the vaccination status of those infected was not released.

Tuesday’s data brings the seven-day average for the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, which has been reported, to 8,318.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 491 patients in the hospital with COVID-19, up from 11 patients from Monday’s report. Also, 187 people are being treated in ICU, up from 176.

Seven more deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, according to data released by Public Health Ontario.

Since the start of the pandemic, Ontario has seen 715,405 laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 10,168 deaths and 634,846 recoveries.

Information regarding the vaccination status of people tested and diagnosed with COVID-19 in the province was not released by the government.

The government has said that a more detailed report, including that information, will be made available from Wednesday.

Health experts have said Ontario’s recent high daily number of COVID-19 cases is likely due to an increase in demand for PCR tests in the province.

Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case count has hovered between 9,000 and 10,000 in recent days, which a Toronto emergency room doctor believes is due to the province’s testing capacity.

Dr. Kashif Pirzada explained during an interview with CTV news channel this morning, “So because the number 10,000, it’s stuck at 10,000 for a while because that’s probably the maximum that our system can handle in positive outcomes. “

“So it’s probably closer to 100,000 [positive tests] If I had to guess.”

Ontario was expected to announce changes to its official COVID-19 testing guidance on Tuesday afternoon as people across the province attempt to secure a swab.

However, the health ministry said the announcement was postponed after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on shortening the recommended isolation and quarantine periods for asymptomatic individuals who test positive for the virus.

New guidance south of the border means anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will have to isolate for five days instead of the previously recommended 10. Also, anyone with a booster shot in the states who becomes a close contact with COVID-19. A positive person can leave the quarantine.

“The Office of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer is evaluating this guidance against Ontario-specific evidence,” Health Ministry spokeswoman Alexandra Hilken said in a statement to CTV News Toronto.

The health ministry said Dr Moore would provide an update on the guidance later this week.

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.

Health experts have said that the number of identified COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals will naturally increase as more people get both their shots.

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