Ontario reported one more COVID-19 fatality, as the number of individuals hospitalized to hospitals with coronavirus continued to rise above levels seen late last week, on Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Health, the death occurred within the last 30 days.
In the last 7 days, 63 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, with 320 in the last 30 days.
Since March 2020, there have been 12,633 COVID-19-related deaths in Ontario.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations climbed to a new multi-month high of 1,486 on Tuesday.
Of those, 206 were in intensive care – up 24 from one week ago – and 87 were breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Overall hospitalizations are up nine per cent from this time last week and 36 per cent from this time 14 days ago.
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table now estimates hospital admissions will grow by up to 247 patients per week.
Hospital occupancy due to COVID-19 was last this high on Feb. 15.
Approximately 55 per cent of those who test positive for COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital were brought to hospital for a reason other than coronavirus infection.
Among ICU patients, the number of “incidental” admissions falls to 20-25 per cent.
The number of hospitalized patients fell during the weekend because not all hospitals report bed occupancy to the province on weekends and public holidays.
Of the 1,218 cases detected through PCR testing on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health, 164 involved unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, 239 involved people with two doses of vaccine, 699 involved people with three vaccine doses, while the vaccination status of 116 other cases was not yet known.
Provincial labs processed 15,322 specimens in the previous period, generating a positivity rate of at least 17.9 per cent.
Across the province, the Science Table says wastewater concentrations are still rising in eastern, central east and central west Ontario but declining in the GTA, southwestern Ontario and the north.
The province administered 22,568 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday.
Of those, 705 were first doses, 813 were second doses, 3,161 were third doses and 17,889 were fourth doses.
Source_ The Canadian Press