Ontario health officials say 1,684 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 23 more deaths from the disease reported in the past 24 hours.
Saturday’s data marks an increase in the number of hospitalizations reported since Friday, when there were 1,591 hospitalized patients.
It should be noted that not all hospitals report patient data over the weekend.
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Fifty-four percent of patients currently receiving care were not admitted due to COVID-19 but have since tested positive. Forty-six percent were admitted due to COVID-19.
In intensive care, two patients are no longer seeking care, bringing the total number of people in intensive care with COVID-19 to 212.
Additionally, 66% were admitted to intensive care because of their COVID-19 diagnosis, while 34% were admitted for a different reason but now tested positive.
Additionally, 23 deaths from the disease have been reported since Friday. Health officials say one death has been removed from the province’s cumulative death toll of 12,728 due to ‘data cleaning’.
With 20,004 COVID-19 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says Ontario’s positivity rate is around 17.3%.
At least 3,820 positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified through these tests, although this number is underestimated due to limited access to PCR testing in the province.
Ontario has had 1,238,060 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. This number also includes 1,191,712 people who have recovered.
On Friday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said he was cautiously optimistic that the worst of the sixth wave of COVID-19 would soon be over as hospitalizations were expected to peak during the week. coming.