Ontario COVID-19 news: Province reports highest number of daily deaths in a month

Ontario has confirmed another 31 COVID-19 deaths, which is the highest number added to the provincial tally in more than a month.

The Ministry of Health reported the latest deaths Wednesday morning, bringing Ontario’s death toll over the two-year duration of the pandemic to 12,889.

The province last reported more deaths than today on April 6, when 32 new net deaths were detected.

The good news is that other indicators are now showing signs of improvement, with the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 declining week-over-week for the third day in a row.

There are now 1,698 people hospitalized with the virus, up from 1,734 last week. That includes 199 people receiving treatment in intensive care. At this time last week there were 211 COVID patients in the ICU in Ontario.

“We are going in the right direction, but there is still a lot of COVID out there. It’s getting better, but it’s still there. So I think it’s very reasonable to wear a mask in a closed public place, like a supermarket, to help protect yourself and those around you,” Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist, warned during an interview with CP24. on Wednesday. Morning. “This wave is going to subside and things will get better in a week or two.”

Declining positivity rates

The latest sewage surveillance data released by the Ontario Scientific Advisory Board on Tuesday showed a sharp decline in virus levels in most regions of Ontario; however, in the Greater Toronto Area, virus activity has largely stalled and is only showing the first signs of a decline.

Data released by the ministry suggests that the number of cases found through PCR tests is falling rapidly.

Over the past 24 hours, Ontario labs confirmed an additional 2,488 new cases, up from 3,560 on the same day last week and 5,038 on April 21.

The positivity rate in the PCR test in the last seven days is now 13.9 percent. Last week it was 15.8 percent.

Officials cautioned that PCR tests are not a reliable metric for assessing the total number of cases in the province due to limited eligibility.

Speaking to CP24, Bogoch said that while virus activity remains high, things are “clearly looking up.”

He said COVID is “unfortunately not going to go away” but should be more manageable as Ontario emerges from the sixth wave of the pandemic.

“There are very few mitigation efforts right now. You don’t have to wear a mask in most settings, there are no capacity limits, people are living their lives and for sure there is a lot of COVID out there, but it’s not the same as it was this time last year or in 2020.” , said. “That said, I don’t think we should pretend for a second that this is over. There is still COVID out there, it can still infect people, and it still prays for vulnerable people, people at risk, and communities at risk.”

While virus levels have been declining for weeks, there is still a slow rise in outbreaks in a handful of vulnerable settings.

The most recent data suggests there are now 217 active nursing home outbreaks and 178 active nursing home outbreaks, up from 214 and 171 last week.

There are also 101 active outbreaks in hospitals, up from 89 last week.

The numbers used in this story are from the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what the province reports, because local units report figures at different times.

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