Ontario reports 17 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,410 hospitalizations

Ontario health officials are reporting 17 new net deaths and 1,410 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Sunday.

That’s 266 fewer patients in the hospital than on Saturday, but it’s still 48 more than a week ago, when 1,362 were in the hospital.

The province says that 42 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 were admitted to hospital due to the virus.

There are 187 patients in the ICU with COVID-19, of whom 153 have been admitted to the ICU because of the virus.

The average number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 over the past week is 1,621. That average was 1,530 patients over the previous week.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogach said in a tweet Sunday that hospitalizations due to the virus appear to be leveling off.

“COVID-related hospitalizations appear to be stagnant in Ontario and % positive cases continue to drop, now down ~13% from ~19% in mid-April,” Bogoch tweeted. “Sewage signals are volatile. There is still a lot of COVID out there, but an overall improvement (with some regional variability).”

The province confirmed 2,243 more cases on Sunday, but that number is considered a serious underestimate due to limited PCR testing.

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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