Ontario Reports 43 Additional COVID-19 Deaths, Nearly 4,000 Hospitalizations

Ontario is reporting more than 40 deaths from COVID-19 for the second straight day and nearly 4,000 hospitalizations.

Provincial health officials report that 3,957 people are hospitalized with the virus, a 34% increase over the past seven days. Of these, 52% were admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 while 47% were hospitalized for other reasons but have since tested positive for the virus.

While the province said some critical care data was unavailable, the Ontario Hospital Association says 547 people were in critical care with COVID-19. A week ago, there were 385 intensive care patients with COVID.

Ontario health officials say 78% of patients admitted to intensive care were due to COVID-19, while 22% tested positive for the virus after being admitted to intensive care.

Another 43 Ontarians have died from COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 10,565. It continues the trend of double-digit deaths since January 4, this is the fourth day of this month of more than 40 deaths reported.

Dr. Kieran Moore said health officials are trying to figure out what’s behind the large numbers, but many deaths will be due to the previous wave of Delta, a COVID-19 variant with higher virulence, and some will be attributed to Omicron – shown to be less severe – because there are so many more cases.

The province is reporting 10,732 new cases of COVID-19, but health officials warn the number of infections is much higher due to the province’s testing capacity and accessibility.

56,318 tests have been carried out in the last 24 hours for a positivity rate of 24.8%. The province has a backlog of more than 59,000 pending tests.

The province administered 157,357 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, including 13,049 first doses and 130,559 boosters.

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