COVID-19 Ontario: 4,183 hospitalized patients, at least 580 in intensive care

The number of patients in an Ontario hospital with COVID-19 rose to 4,183 on Tuesday as virus-related intensive care admissions reached 580.

This represents an increase of 296 hospitalizations from Monday’s report and an increase of two intensive care patients.

Of the hospitalized patients, 53.5% were admitted due to illness related to COVID-19 and 46.5% tested positive after being admitted for another reason.

In intensive care, 82.1% of patients were admitted for COVID-19 while 17.9% tested positive afterward.

The vaccination status of those hospitalized includes 2,050 fully vaccinated patients, 739 unvaccinated patients and 195 partially vaccinated patients. The vaccination status of the remaining 1,199 patients is unknown, according to the government.

In intensive care, 196 patients are fully vaccinated, 195 patients are unvaccinated and 17 patients are partially vaccinated. No vaccination information was provided for the remaining 172 patients.

At least 7,086 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the province in the past 24 hours. However, health officials have warned that the number of cases is likely an underestimate of the true number of infections in Ontario due to limited testing for the virus.

More than 5,400 of these cases have been identified in fully vaccinated people, 1,087 in unvaccinated people and 245 in partially vaccinated people. The vaccination status of the remaining 314 cases is unknown.

Tuesday’s report comes a day after Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore suggested that key indicators related to Ontario’s fight against COVID-19 appear to be heading in the right direction.

“I’m starting to have a lot more hope,” Dr. Kieran Moore said Monday on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll. “The number of cases is slowing down instead of accelerating in terms of hospitalizations and intensive care units.”

Earlier this month, Ontario introduced new public health measures in an effort to ease the strain on the province’s healthcare system amid a surge of COVID-19 infections fueled by Omicron .

These measures include the suspension of indoor dining in restaurants, capacity limits in shopping malls and personal care services, and the closure of gyms and cinemas.

FORD SAYS ‘POSITIVE NEWS’ IS COMING

These measures are due to expire on January 26 at the earliest, although Prime Minister Doug Ford has said his government will announce “some positive news” this week on the easing of these restrictions.

“We will have positive news. I think we will be making announcements later this week regarding the return to other levels of restrictions,” Ford told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll on Tuesday.

As of yesterday, 38 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 10,666. Thirty-seven of those deaths occurred in the previous month and one death occurred a months ago, but are only being recorded now due to “data cleansing”, according to the Department of Health.

With 31,355 tests performed in the past 24 hours, Ontario’s positivity rate stands at 24.5%.

WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES OF COVID-19?

Most of the cases reported by the province on Tuesday were found in Toronto (1,628), Peel Region (1,106) and York Region (545).

Other areas with high case counts include Durham Region (465), Halton Region (418), Ottawa (333) and Hamilton (327).

UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINES

As of Tuesday, 91.4 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 88.7 per cent have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated.

More than 39,400 needles were administered Monday alone and 29,561,731 injections have been injected into guns across Ontario since the start of the province’s vaccination campaign.

With files from Michael Woods of CTV News Ottawa

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

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

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