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Ontario has record number of LTC outbreaks

Ontario reports that 505 people in intensive care due to COVID-19 and 3,448 people hospitalized overall have tested positive for COVID-19, according to its latest report released Wednesday morning.

Of those hospitalized, 54% were admitted for COVID-19 and 46% were admitted for other reasons but have since tested positive. For intensive care figures, 83% were admitted for COVID-19 and 17% were admitted for other reasons but have since tested positive.

Ontario reported 477 people in intensive care and 3,220 in hospital on Tuesday.

The numbers represent a 5.8 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 in intensive care and a 7 percent increase in hospitalizations overall. percent of the province’s 2,343 adult intensive care beds remain available for new patients.

Provincial figures for all hospitalizations should be used with caution as a factor in determining the severity of COVID-19 cases, as they include people who have tested positive but are not hospitalized as a direct result of the virus. In some cases, individual hospitals have said nearly 50% of those who tested positive had not been admitted due to COVID.

Given new provincial testing regulations that came into effect on Dec.31, 2021, the number of cases – reported at 9,783 on Tuesday, up 23% from the previous day – is not considered an accurate assessment the current extent of COVID-19. 46 new deaths have been reported in the latest figures.

HOSPITALIZATIONS BY VACCINE STATUS

A Star analysis of the data shows that unvaccinated people were admitted to intensive care at a rate four times the rate and to hospital overall twice as high as people who were fully vaccinated.

Due to the strong uptake of vaccines in Ontario, fully vaccinated people represent a high percentage of the overall population. This means that they would logically represent a higher percentage of people hospitalized when looking at the raw numbers.

Given the prevalence of the Omicron variant in Ontario, infections among fully vaccinated people are common, but early data from several studies conducted around the world suggests symptoms are milder and serious complications are rarer. in previous stages of the pandemic.

The province warns that due to the way the data is collected, its number of hospitalizations by immunization status may not match the larger hospital data as reported on any given day.

Due to incomplete reporting for weekends and holidays, immunization status data for hospital and intensive care admissions is not updated on Sundays, Mondays and the day after public holidays.

VACCINES

The province says 11,493,087 people have completed their vaccinations, meaning they received two doses.

This represents approximately 82.0% of the eligible population aged five and over, and the equivalent of 78.2% of the total population, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The province says 5,033,258 people have received three doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada.

According to Star’s vaccine tracking system, 12,307,610 people in Ontario have received at least one injection. This represents approximately 87.8% of the eligible population aged five and over and the equivalent of 83.7% of the total population, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Ontario has administered 159,877 doses of the vaccine since its last daily update, with 28,853,124 vaccines administered in total as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

LONG-TERM CARE COVID

Meanwhile, 10 other long-term care residents have died for a total of 3,875 since the start of the pandemic, in the latest report released by the province.

Ontario reports 19 more long-term care homes in outbreaks for a total of 290 or 46.3% of LTC homes in the province, the highest number of LTC homes in epidemics since the start of the pandemic .

These data are self-reported by long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily figures of cases and deaths may not immediately match figures released by local public health units due to reporting delays.

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