Ontario recorded 13 net new COVID-19 deaths, as the number of people in hospital with the virus decreased marginally, on Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Health, 12 of the deaths recorded on Wednesday occurred within the last 30 days, and one occurred prior to that time.
One of the 13 fatalities included a long-term care resident.
In the last week, 72 people have died, and 336 have died in the last 30 days.
Since March 2020, 12,583 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed in Ontario.
The number of patients admitted to provincial hospitals with COVID-19 fell by 34 from Tuesday to 1,332.
Of those, 182 were in intensive care, down eight from Tuesday.
Eighty-five patients were breathing with the help of a ventilator, up three one day earlier.
Wednesday’s hospital occupancy was still up about 24 per cent from one week ago.
Provincial labs processed 23,618 test specimens, generating a positivity rate of at least 17.5 per cent.
The province is now embarking on a major effort to book fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses for everyone 60 and up, as well as distribute the Pfizer antiviral pill Paxlovid to pharmacies in a bid to reduce deaths and hospitalizations during the sixth wave of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health says 38,191 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday.
Of those, 1,174 were first doses, 1,854 were second doses, 5,211 were third doses and 29,952 were fourth doses.