For the first time since late December, the number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario has dropped below 1,000.
According to provincial health officials, 842 patients with COVID-19 are presently receiving treatment in hospitals, down from 1,056 the week before. This is the first time this figure has fallen below 1,000 since December 30.
On Sunday, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted, “Please note that not all hospitals report on weekends.”
According to her, the number of patients in intensive care dropped to 281 today, down from 284 on Saturday and 324 the day before.
The province says 10 more virus-related deaths were confirmed today.
Another 2,001 new COVID-19 cases were detected by provincial labs over the past 24 hours but that number continues to be an undercount due to restrictions on who is eligible to be tested.
Of those cases confirmed today, 226 involve people who are unvaccinated, 61 involve people who are partially vaccinated, 1,518 involve those who have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 196 involve people with an unknown vaccination status.
With 15,434 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of 9.1 per cent.
The number of outbreaks in long-term care homes in Ontario has declined to 76 today, down from 115 seven days ago.
Source_ The Canadian Press