Ontario COVID-19: 31 deaths reported

Ontario health officials on Wednesday reported 1,698 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 199 patients in intensive care.

There were also 31 deaths reported due to the virus on Wednesday. Of those deaths, 29 occurred in the last month, while two occurred more than a month ago.

Of Wednesday’s hospitalizations, 239 patients are unvaccinated and 1,050 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Forty-three percent of patients hospitalized on Wednesday were admitted for COVID-19, while the remaining 57 percent tested positive after an unrelated admission. In ICUs, those percentages are 65 and 35 percent, respectively.

Of the patients currently being treated for COVID-19 in Ontario ICUs, 30 are unvaccinated and 81 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Since the start of the pandemic, 12,889 people have lost their lives to the disease.

With 18,320 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry says the province’s positivity rate is around 14.3 percent.

The province reported 2,488 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but health officials warned that number is a significant underestimate due to testing limitations.

The scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 scientific advisory board said Tuesday that Ontario appears to be on the right track and cases should decline in the coming weeks if people maintain current behavior patterns.

“It is probably true that we have passed the peak,” Dr. Peter Jüni told CP24 in an interview.

“The peak was around the bank holiday weekend and now we see that there is probably a real downward trend.”

He cautioned that it’s important “not to get ahead of ourselves” and said it probably takes a few more days of data to be sure.

“So whatever you’re doing in terms of your behavior, with contacts, masking, etc., keep doing it for a few more weeks. But I think we are now on the right track.”

Today’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 1,265,690.

With files from Joshua Freeman.

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