COVID-19 Ontario: ICU patient numbers increase as province records more than 3,000 new infections

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TORONTO – A new report has confirmed that Ontario now has 400 patients with COVID-19 in its intensive care units, as the province registers more than 3,000 new cases for the fifth day in a row.
The Critical Care Services Ontario report obtained by CTV News Toronto sounded the alarm after confirming on Saturday that 400 patients were currently in intensive care units (ICUs) across the province due to the novel coronavirus.

The news comes as health officials reported 3,443 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The day before, the province released record numbers with 4,249 new infections.

The province reported on Saturday that a total of 1,457 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and that 244 of intensive care patients are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Ontario health officials have said that when more than 300 patients with COVID-19 are in intensive care, medical care in hospitals unrelated to the disease becomes nearly impossible to manage.

The province also reported on Saturday that 40 more people had died from COVID-19, including 26 people residing in long-term care homes. The death toll in the province now stands at 4,922.

The province also estimated a further 2,915 cases of the disease were resolved on Saturday, bringing the number of recovered patients in Ontario to 178,224.

Saturday’s case count brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 211,837, including deaths and recoveries.

Where are the cases of COVID-19 in Ontario?

Of the 3,443 cases reported on Saturday, health officials say 1,070 were in Toronto, 548 in Peel Region and 303 in York Region.

Several other regions of Ontario have reported triple-digit COVID-19 case counts, including Ottawa (179), Durham Region (166), Windsor-Essex (282), Niagara (134) and Waterloo (116 ).

In order to help curb the spread of the disease, the provincial government ordered an Ontario-wide lockdown on December 26.

There have been 72,900 COVID-19 tests performed in the province in the last 24-hour period recorded. Ontario’s test positivity rate now sits at around 5.3%, depending on the province.

There are 61,228 COVID-19 tests still under investigation. In total, Ontario has processed more than 8.4 million tests since the pandemic began in January.

So far, 103,263 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario, including 9,795 doses administered the day before. The vaccine requires two doses. In Ontario, a total of 5,880 vaccinations were completed as of Saturday

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