Ontario COVID-19: Officials say there are 3,814 people in hospital and 527 patients in intensive care
Ontario reports a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday as well as 42 additional illness-related deaths.
There are now 3,814 people in Ontario hospitals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of more than 180 from the previous day. Just over half of these patients, around 53%, were admitted following their diagnosis of COVID-19.
There are also 527 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, up from 500 the day before. According to provincial data, about 80% of these patients were admitted due to COVID-19.
The remaining 20% tested positive for the disease after being admitted for other diseases.
According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 384 of intensive care patients are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status.
Meanwhile, the province is reporting 10,964 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, although experts warn that number is an underestimate due to a lack of COVID-19 testing.
Forty-two more deaths have also been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario since the start of the pandemic to 10,522. Eleven of Friday’s deaths were long-term care residents.
With just over 58,600 COVID-19 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the health ministry says the province’s positivity rate now stands at around 21.8%.
In total, there have been 926,904 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario, including deaths and recoveries.
WHERE ARE THE CASES OF COVID-19?
The majority of Friday’s infections are in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
According to the province’s epidemiological report, there are 1,961 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, 1,561 in Peel Region, 1,054 in Durham and 918 in York Region.
There were also 633 cases in Halton and 604 in Hamilton.
Other municipalities that have recorded over 400 infections include Waterloo (613) and Ottawa (453).
Nine public health units reported more than 100 cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
Of the nearly 11,000 infections, 276 were identified in long-term care residents and 126 were found in healthcare workers.
According to provincial data, just over 1,800 of Friday’s infections have been identified in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people. There were 8,518 infections in people who received two or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 623 cases of unknown vaccine status.
The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, as local units report the numbers at different times.