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Friday, October 07, 2022

Ontario reports more than 1,100 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 16 more deaths

Ontario is reporting more than 1,100 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 16 more deaths related to the virus on Thursday, as the province opened fourth vaccine dosing appointments for select residents.

The Ministry of Health says there are 1,126 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals, up from 1,074 yesterday and 807 a week ago. This represents a week-on-week increase of 28 per cent and a high not seen since February 19 when around 1,200 patients were hospitalised.

Forty-six percent of the hospitalized patients were admitted for COVID-19 and 54 percent were admitted for other reasons but later tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, 159 of the hospitalized patients are in intensive care, down from seven patients a week ago. The ministry says that 70 percent of the ICU patients were admitted there due to complications related to the corona virus and the rest were admitted for other reasons, but they also tested positive.

The ministry today reported 16 more COVID-19 deaths, all in the past one month. Three of the deaths were residents of a long-term care home.

Since March 2020, 12,527 residents have died from the virus in Ontario.

According to the ministry, provincial laboratories processed over 21,300 tests in the last 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 17.2 per cent, as against 16 per cent seven days ago.

The province also reported 4,224 more coronavirus infections today, but the number of laboratory-confirmed cases is being underestimated because of testing restrictions.

In the latest cases, 2,418 individuals received three doses of one vaccine, 1,074 received two doses, 482 were not fully vaccinated and 250 people had an unknown vaccination status.

The head of Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table warned yesterday that the province is likely to see more than 100,000 new cases per day, and about five percent of residents are currently infected.

“Based on our wastewater analysis, we peaked in early January and, at that time, we were about 100,000 to 120,000 new cases per day,” Dr. Peter Juni told CP24 on Wednesday.

Juni said the more permeable BA.2 sub version is driving some of the spike in new cases, but he said the lifting of the mask mandate in most settings is likely to be the primary factor.

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Isaac Bogoch says residents should approach this wave with “a degree of caution”, despite recent modeling showing that this wave is likely to be worse than the last wave in the health care system. will not be seriously affected.

“Just because this wave may not be the same size as the wave we have, we’re still in the midst of one. It’s still affecting the health care system and the people who work in it and obviously you have to. You should also take several measures to protect yourself and the people around you,” he said.

“Wear a mask, get your vaccine, if you are sick and you are eligible for outpatient treatment, timely access to them will go a long way in keeping people out of the hospital.”

On Thursday, the province opened eligibility for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to Ontario people age 60 and older, First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members 18 years of age and older. is more.

To date, 90 percent of Ontario people age five and older have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 86 percent have received two doses and 51 percent have received three doses.

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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