Ontario reports lowest number of ventilated COVID-19 patients in 20 months

Ontario reported 10 net new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday as the number of patients breathing with ventilators fell to the lowest point in the month since the province first established a mask mandate. Had it.

The health ministry said seven deaths occurred in the past 30 days and three others occurred before that period.

One death involved residents of long-term care.

There have been 49 deaths in the last seven days, 342 in the last 30 days and 13,314 in total.

Hospitals reported 549 admitted patients testing positive for COVID-19, up 27 from Wednesday, but down 121 from this point last week.

118 of them were in intensive care, up four from Wednesday but one below this point last week.

Forty patients were breathing with the help of a ventilator, the lowest total population of vented COVID-19 patients seen in the province since October 19, 2020.

On Wednesday, Dr Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said the order for masks for public transport assets and hospitals would expire on June 11.

Ontario first established a mask mandate in indoor public places on October 2, 2020.

Various hospitals said they would continue to require masks after that date.

UHN infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch said the public should understand that if the situation worsens, especially this fall, mask rules may be reintroduced in the future.

“There are going to be peaks and valleys of COVID-19, we expect to see an increase in cases in the fall and winter, and you can expect recommendations to change at a time when other settings are asking people to wear masks. can. back,” he told CP24.

Ontario’s positive trend continues, the science advisory table says, citing wastewater monitoring data showing decreasing viral signs in all areas of the province.

Of the 907 cases confirmed through PCR tests on Thursday, 87 involved unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, 141 people with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 541 included people with three or more doses and the immunization status of 138 others was not known.

Provincial laboratories processed 9,777 test samples in the last 24 hours, generating a positivity rate of 6.6 percent.

Average weekly positivity has dropped from 8.3 percent last week to 7.1 percent this week.

The Health Ministry says 13,556 COVID-19 vaccine doses were given on Wednesday.

Of these, 807 were the first dose, 985 the second dose, 1,608 were the third dose and 10,156 were the fourth dose.

The numbers used in this story are based on 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.


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