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Ontario sees 180% spike this month in number of people currently in hospital with COVID-19

Ontario sees 180% spike this month in number of people currently in hospital with COVID-19
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Ontario is reporting another 486 COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths. Sixteen of the 18 deaths are part of a data cleanup released Tuesday morning.

Ontario has administered 36,655 vaccine doses since its last daily update , with 20,526,219 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night.

According to the Star’s vaccine tracker , 10,732,405 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 82.3 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 72.2 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The province says 9,793,814 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 75.1 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 65.9 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The province is now including new data that reflects. Ontario is warning that the new process may cause discrepancies between other hospitalization numbers being collected using a different process, and that the data may not match daily COVID-19 case counts.

The province’s new data reports 279 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in unvaccinated people, 41 were partially vaccinated, and 114 cases in fully vaccinated people. Again, the province warns the data may not match daily COVID case counts because records with a missing or invalid health card number can t be linked.

The seven-day average is at 600 cases daily, or 28.9 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 6.1 daily.

The province says 17,369 tests were completed the previous day, and a 3.0 per cent positivity rate.

There are 295 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 125 patients currently in intensive care testing positive for COVID-19. There are 85 people on ventilators.

Locally, Ontario reports 128 new cases in Toronto, 83 in Peel Region, 47 in Windsor-Essex, 45 in York Region and 45 in Hamilton.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting that there are no new deaths in long-term-care so the number of residents who have died stays the same at 3,793, in the latest report released by the province.

Ontario is reporting two more long-term-care homes in outbreak, for a total of five or 0.8 per cent of LTC homes in the province.

This data is self-reported by the long-term-care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.

There are 145,839 confirmed cases in Ontario of the Alpha variant first detected in the United Kingdom, an increase of 134 from when the data on variants of concern was last updated on Aug. 18.

There are 1,500 cases in Ontario of the Beta variant first detected in South Africa, with four more reported than last Wednesday.

There are 5,221 cases of the Gamma variant first found in Brazil, an increase of 15 reported from last Wednesday.

There are 7,665 cases of the Delta variant first detected in India, an increase of 1,009 reported from last Wednesday.
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