Ontario reports 43 deaths, 558 people in intensive care due to COVID-19

Ontario is reporting 558 people in intensive care due to COVID-19 and 3,957 overall hospital tests positive for COVID-19, according to its latest report released Saturday morning.

Of those hospitalized, 53% were admitted for COVID-19 and 47% were admitted for other reasons but have since tested positive. For intensive care numbers, 78 percent were admitted for COVID-19 and 22% were admitted for other reasons but have since tested positive.

The figures represent a 2% decrease in the number of COVID-19 in ICUs and a 0.5% increase in hospitalizations overall. About 23 per cent of the province’s 2,343 adult intensive care beds remain available for new patients.

Given new provincial testing regulations that came into effect on December 31, 2021, the number of cases – reported at 10,732 on Saturday, down 2.1% from the previous day – is also not considered. as an accurate assessment of the current extent of COVID-19. 43 new deaths were reported in the latest figures.

Here’s the latest update on a few more data points.

HOSPITALIZATIONS BY VACCINE STATUS

A Star analysis of the data shows that unvaccinated people were admitted to intensive care at a five times higher rate and to hospital overall twice as much as fully vaccinated people.

Due to the high uptake of vaccines in Ontario, fully immunized individuals represent a high percentage of the overall population. This means that they would logically represent a higher percentage of people in hospital when looking at the raw numbers.

Given the prevalence of the Omicron variant in Ontario, breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people are common, but early data from several studies around the world suggest that symptoms are milder and serious complications are rarer than in earlier stages of the pandemic.

The province warns that due to the way the data is collected, its hospitalization by number of vaccination statuses may not match the broader hospital data as reported on any given day.

Due to incomplete weekend and holiday reporting, immunization status data for hospital and intensive care admissions are not updated on Sundays, Mondays and the day after holidays.

VACCINES

The province says 11,530,464 people have completed their vaccinations, meaning they have received two doses.

This equates to approximately 82.3% of the eligible population aged five and over, and the equivalent of 78.4% of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The province says 5,440,984 people have received three doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine.

According to the Star’s vaccine tracking system, 12,346,218 people in Ontario have received at least one vaccine. This represents approximately 88.1% of the eligible population aged five and over and the equivalent of 84% of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Ontario has administered 157,357 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 29,337,677 vaccines administered in total as of 8 p.m.

COVID IN LONG-TERM CARE

Meanwhile, nine other residents in long-term care have died for a total of 3,893 since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report released by the province.

Ontario reports another 15 long-term care homes in outbreak, for a total of 326 or 52.1 per cent of LTC homes in the province.

This data is reported by long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death counts may not immediately match numbers posted by local public health units due to delays in reporting time.

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