COVID-19: ICU admissions, deaths increase in Ontario as province reports 10,450 new cases

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As Ontario continues to battle the Omicron variant, the number of people receiving care due to COVID-19 in an intensive care unit (ICU) increased on Sunday.

The latest data released by the province on Sunday said there were a total of 579 people in ICUs in Ontario — an increase of 21 from Saturday’s data.

The number of people receiving care in an ICU on a ventilator also increased on Sunday, jumping to 340 on Sunday from 319 the day prior.

However, the overall hospitalizations in Ontario actually dropped on Sunday.

The data said 3,595 people were in hospital due to the coronavirus, marking a drop of 362 from the number of hospitalizations reported the day earlier.

However, in a tweet on Sunday, Ontario’s Health Minister noted that not all hospitals in the province report data on weekends.

Of those who are currently hospitalized in an ICU with COVID-19, 195 are unvaccinated, and 17 are partially vaccinated. Meanwhile, 196 are fully vaccinated.

A total of 10,450 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Ontario on Sunday, but experts caution that the number is likely an underrepresentation of the virus’ spread, now that more stringent testing rules have been implemented in the province.

To date, 948,086 cases of the virus have been reported in Ontario. Of those, 843,073 are considered to be “resolved.”

There were also 40 new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Sunday. To date, 10,605 people in the province have died after testing positive for the virus.

Christine Elliott said to date, a total of 29,455,129 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the province.

The minister said 117,000 doses were administered on Saturday.

The data said to date, 91.4 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and up have received one vaccine dose, while 88.7 per cent have had two shots.

Meanwhile, 46.2 per cent of Ontario adults – or 5,535,996 individuals — have had their booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Eighty-two per cent of all eligible Ontarians – people aged five and older – are now fully vaccinated.

The data said six per cent are partially vaccinated, and 12 per cent remain unvaccinated.

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