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Ontario COVID update: 1,662 people hospitalized with virus, 203 in intensive care

Ontario reports 1,662 people hospitalized with COVID-19. There are 203 people in intensive care with or because of the virus.

This marks an increase of 176 hospitalizations and a decrease of three people in intensive care since Tuesday’s report.

Last Wednesday, 1,332 people were reported to have been hospitalized with COVID-19, including 182 in intensive care.

According to the latest provincial data, about 54.6% of people hospitalized with COVID were admitted for another reason but tested positive for the virus, while about 45.4% were admitted because of COVID .

Of those in intensive care, 40.65% were admitted for other reasons, while 59.35% were admitted because of the virus.

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Last Wednesday, around 52.9% of people hospitalized with COVID were admitted for other reasons, while in intensive care units that figure was 39.5%.

Twenty-eight new deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported on Tuesday, all of which occurred in the past month.

The death toll in the province stands at 12,661.

The province is also reporting 1,073 new cases of COVID-19, but that’s an underestimate due to testing restrictions, as well as “degradation of services in the CCM,” according to Public Health Ontario. There are now 1,224,534 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

There were 21,988 tests performed the day before; 7,714 tests remain under investigation.

The positivity rate stands at 16.8%, compared to 17.9% on Tuesday and 17.5% last Wednesday.

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