Sunday, December 04, 2022

Ontario’s COVID-19 hospitalization count drops to 370, lowest level in months

Ontario health officials are reporting the lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalized cases the province has seen since December.

There are currently 370 people with COVID-19 in hospital, according to the latest figures from the Ontario Ministry of Health.

The last time the province reported fewer than 370 people hospitalized with COVID-19 was on December 20, 2021, when authorities hospitalized 284.

Meanwhile, ICU admissions increased slightly from 110 to 112.

It should be noted that not all hospitals report patient data over the weekend.

Of those patients in hospital, the province says 42 are ventilator-assisted breathing due to COVID-19. That’s eight fewer people who wind up just a week ago.

A week ago 419 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 111 were in ICU.

With 6,884 PCR tests processed in the last 24 hours, the province is reporting a 6.5 per cent positivity rate. It was 7.1 per cent this time last week and 8.6 per cent two weeks ago.

Ontario currently has 13,338 cumulative cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in the province to 1,312,844.

Many epidemiologists and public health experts are predicting that transmission will remain low throughout the summer, but said rates could rise once people are inside during the cold season.

Today, the ministry added two net new deaths to its COVID-19 tally, which now stands at 13,338. It has added 50 net new deaths since this time last week.

Currently, there are 57 active outbreaks in long-term care homes, 32 in retirement homes, and 21 in hospitals, compared to 73, 33, and 22, respectively, last week.

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