Ontario COVID-19: Positivity rate rises as more than 800 people are treated in hospital

Ontario health officials are reporting 807 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, including 166 intensive care patients, as the provincial positivity rate continues to rise.

The number of hospitalized cases on Thursday marks an increase from the 778 reported on Wednesday.

Of Thursday’s hospitalizations, 182 patients are unvaccinated and 495 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Forty-eight percent of patients being treated for COVID-19 in hospital on Thursday were admitted due to the virus, while the remaining 52% tested positive after an unrelated admission. In ICUs, these percentages are 74% and 26% respectively.

Of Ontario patients currently being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units, 27 are unvaccinated and 69 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Authorities reported six new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday. Officials said five of the deaths occurred within the past 30 days, while one occurred more than a month ago.

Since the start of the pandemic, 12,433 people have lost their lives to the disease.

With 18,318 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health says the province’s positivity rate is around 16%, an increase of nearly 1% from yesterday’s rate.

The province reported 3,139 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, but health officials warned the number was underestimated due to testing limitations and backlogs.

Wastewater data, provided by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Table, appears to confirm a slight increase in infection. In almost all areas of the province, the concentration of the disease in sewage has begun to increase.

The province estimated 2,121 more cases of the disease were resolved Thursday, bringing the number of recovered patients in Ontario to 1,129,428.

Today’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 1,162,609.

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