According to the most recent data published by the ministry, the number of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in Ontario intensive care units continues to rise, reaching 438 on Monday.
At least 2,467 COVID-19 patients are being treated in Ontario hospitals, up from 2,419 on Sunday and 1,232 just seven days ago, according to provincial health officials. However, the ministry claims that roughly 10% of hospitals do not provide data until later in the week, implying that the latest number is likely an undercount.
Of those patients, 438 are in the ICU and 234 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. The last time Ontario saw this many COVID-19 patients in the ICU was on June 11, 2021. At this point last week, there were 1,232 patients with COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals and 248 in the ICU. The province has not released data today on the vaccination status of those in hospital.
As of Jan. 9, there are 61 children between the ages of 0 and 4 who are now in hospital with COVID-19, up from 51 on Jan. 6. This age cohort has the highest hospitalization rate of any age group under 60 in the province.
With 40,692 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of 26.7 per cent.
Ontario logged 12 net new deaths today, bringing Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll to 10,378.
Today, the province registered another 9,706 cases of the new coronavirus, but due to testing constraints, the true number of cases in Ontario today is likely far higher.
1,307 of the new cases diagnosed today involve unvaccinated persons, 263 involve partially vaccinated people, 7,789 involve completely immunized people, and 347 involve people whose vaccination status is uncertain.
Today, 1,879 additional confirmed cases were reported in Toronto, 1,310 in Peel, 1,033 in York, and 680 in Durham.
COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care have increased to 362, up from 209 on Monday. Two of today’s deaths involved residents of long-term care facilities.
Source_ The Canadian Press