Ontario reports 68 new coronavirus deaths; the death toll for January 2022 exceeds 1,100

Ontario on Friday reported another 68 new deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the death toll for the month of January so far above 1,100.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Alexandra Hilkene said four of the reported deaths today occurred on Thursday, 17 occurred on Wednesday and the remaining 46 occurred in the 11 days before Wednesday.

A death that occurred in more than 30 days was also added to the total number.

Fourteen of the deaths revealed last Friday involved residents in the long-term care system.

The province has detected 1,103 deaths among people infected with COVID-19 this month, though some occurred earlier and were just revealed this month.

Yesterday, Ontario Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore that it was time for the province to “learn to live with the virus” when he announced a series of measures, including an end to the collection of contact information in restaurants when they reopen and a resumption of some non-emergent diagnostic and other functions in hospitals.

The specialist in infectious diseases Dr. Issac Bogoch told CP24 that he did not believe Moore’s statement meant that we are still able to treat COVID-19 as endemic.

“Our case numbers are probably well on their way down, but they are still quite high,” he said. “While there will definitely be a time when we get to treat this, not like the flu, but maybe more like the way we treat the flu, we’re still in a pretty rocky place right now, even though things are on the way in the right direction. “

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table estimates that COVID-19 infection has dropped from a peak of 1,000 new cases per year. million inhabitants in early January to just over 300 infections per. million today.

5,337 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Ontario on Friday, however, with many people excluded from access to PCR testing, and the fastest antigen test results were not taken into account for the total number.

The Ministry of Health said that there were a total of 3,535 hospital admissions of people tested positive for COVID-19, a decrease of 110 from yesterday and 579 from a week ago.

Of those admitted, 607 were on intensive care, which is eight more than yesterday and 17 from a week ago.

Provincial laboratories processed 32,672 test samples in the previous period, generating a positivity rate of 14.4 percent.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Department of Health’s COVID-19 Daily epidemiological overview. 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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