Ontario reports 92 net new deaths associated with new coronavirus today

Ontario has added more than 90 net new deaths to its total COVID-19 death toll today, as the number of patients in the hospital with the virus drops to just over 4,000.

Provincial health officials confirmed a further 92 virus-related deaths today, including 89 deaths that occurred within the past month. This is the highest number of deaths reported by the province in a single day since January 15, 2021, when 100 deaths were confirmed. However, the total number included more than 40 historical deaths, which were not included in previous inventories.

The total number of known virus-related deaths in the province is now 11,160.

The number of patients with COVID-19 in the hospital is now 4,016, down from 4,132 a week ago. This includes 608 patients in the intensive care unit, down from 626 on Tuesday but up from 589 last Wednesday.

The province says about 56 percent of patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized because of the virus, while 44 percent were hospitalized for other reasons. In the intensive care unit, 83 percent of patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized because of the virus, and 17 percent were hospitalized for other conditions but tested positive. About 50 percent of the patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit have not been vaccinated.

A further 5,368 cases of the virus were confirmed today in Ontario, but that number has consistently been far lower than the true total due to restrictions on who is eligible to be tested.

The province says 801 of these cases involve people who are unvaccinated, 191 involve people who are partially vaccinated, 3,805 involve those who have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 571 involve people with an unknown vaccination status. .

With 33,687 tests processed today, officials report a province-wide positivity rate of 14.1 percent today, the lowest positivity rate confirmed in more than a month. Today’s test numbers are significantly lower than the nearly 80,000 tests that the province says can be performed by provincial laboratories every day.

The number of outbreaks in long-term care homes in the province has dropped to 385 today from 422 a week ago.

Ontario’s health minister confirmed Wednesday that 91.7 percent of Ontarians 12 years and older have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 89 percent have received two shots.

Toronto Health Officer, dr. Eileen de Villa, said on Tuesday that there are signs that transmission in the local community is declining after the spread of the more contagious Omicron variant caused explosive growth in the province.

“We see some indicators telling us that things are getting a little bit better and wastewater monitoring is one of them. We have seen some declines over the last few weeks at this point,” she said at a news conference. City Hall Tuesday morning.

“We see that the total number of active confirmed outbreaks in the various environments found in the city is also starting to decline.”

Officials have repeatedly warned that Ontario’s health care system will continue to struggle throughout February, even as the number of cases falls.

The province is set to loosen some public health restrictions from Monday. Restaurants will be allowed to allow guests to eat indoors with 50 percent capacity, and gyms and cinemas will also be allowed to reopen with 50 percent capacity next week.

The figures used in this story can be found in the Ontario Department of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from that reported by the province because local units report numbers at different times.

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