Ontario reports 68 more COVID-19 deaths as admissions drop to 3,535

Ontario health officials reported 68 more deaths related to COVID-19, while hospital admissions fell again Friday.

Of the deaths recorded Friday, 67 occurred over the past 13 days – 36 of which occurred this week – according to the spokesman for Ontario’s health minister. In addition, a death occurred more than a month ago.

Fourteen deaths reported Friday were among residents in long-term care, according to the province’s epidemiological report.

The province has reported 1,103 deaths related to COVID-19 this month, but some occurred earlier and were detected by the province this month.

Health authorities said 3,535 people in the hospital tested positive for COVID-19, including 607 people in intensive care units (ICUs).

The province also reported that of the inpatients, 55 percent seek care due to COVID-19, while the remaining patients were admitted to the hospital for unrelated reasons and tested positive for the virus.

At the intensive care unit, 82 percent of the patients were admitted to COVID-19.

Of the 607 people on the intensive care unit, the health ministry said 231 were considered fully vaccinated with two doses. The remaining patients were either not fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status.

Meanwhile, Ontario reports 5,337 new COVID-19 cases, but health officials have warned that the number is an underestimation due to limited testing.

With 32,672 tests processed in the last 24 hours, Ontario reports a test positivity of 14.4 percent.

Most infections were identified in the Greater Toronto area. Officials report 845 new cases in Toronto, 690 in the Peel region, 307 new cases in the York region and 225 new cases in the Durham region. Officials reported 343 new cases in Ottawa.

The province registers that 196 residents in long-term care homes have COVID-19 together with 70 employees.

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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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