Ontario Reports More Than 2,300 New COVID-19 Cases As ICU Count Hits Record High

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Ontario Reports More Than 2,300 New COVID-19 Cases As ICU Count Hits Record High


TORONTO – Ontario health officials have reported more than 2,300 new cases of COVID-19 as the province reaches a record number of people with the disease in its intensive care units.
The province confirmed 2,333 new cases of the new coronavirus on Wednesday. The daily number of cases has remained above the 2,000 mark for seven consecutive days.

The province’s seven-day average for the number of recorded cases is now 2,316, up from 1,676 a week ago.

With 52,532 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the province says its COVID-19 positivity rate fell to 4.8% after two days above the 6% mark.

The latest report from the Ontario Intensive Care Services, obtained by CTV News Toronto on Wednesday morning, shows that there are currently 421 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) across the province with COVID-19.

The total represents the highest number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care at any given time since the start of the pandemic. The last time total intensive care admissions exceeded 400 was in January, at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.

Thirty-two people have been admitted to intensive care units in the past 24 hours, the government agency’s report said on Wednesday, after a one-day record of 46 yesterday.

Health care workers and experts have warned the province that hospitals will be overwhelmed by the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

“We are in a critical situation today,” said Dr. Michael Warner, medical director of intensive care at Michael Garron Hospital on Wednesday.

“It’s a train going down the tracks and it’s going to take a while to slow it down. So even if we implement some important public health measures today, we might see the number of ICUs reach 500, but if we don’t, that’s when things really could. become bad. ”

Meanwhile, CTV News Toronto has learned that the Ontario government will announce Thursday that it will force the province to close for a month.

According to government guidelines, a closure – indicated as a sixth level in the government framework – is similar to the old gray zone rules in which the retail business is allowed to open with strict capacity limits, restaurants in the indoors remain closed and gymnasiums are closed.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that he was ready to act quickly.

“I am very, very worried that the cases are increasing. I am very worried about the capacity of the intensive care unit and we all need to be vigilant, ”he said. “I’m just asking people not to get together in large groups, not to organize large gatherings, and to follow protocols.”

Warner said the province should focus on implementing public health restrictions as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues.

“We need to protect people’s health and safety, put economic interests aside for now and have some control over what is happening to all of us right now,” he said.

“We have to press the pause button… the pandemic is out of control, unless we take back control, so many people will die. ”

Health officials reported on Wednesday that another 15 people had died in Ontario from COVID-19. In total, the province has recorded 7,337 deaths linked to the new coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

The province also estimated that 1,973 more cases of the disease were resolved as of Wednesday, bringing the number of recovered patients in Ontario to 322,382.

Wednesday’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 349,903, including deaths and recoveries.

Where are the cases of COVID-19 in Ontario?

Most of the new cases reported Wednesday are concentrated in sensitive areas of the Greater Toronto Area. Officials have reported 785 new cases in Toronto, 433 in Peel Region and 222 in York Region.

Several other regions reported triple-digit infection totals, including Ottawa, which reported 124 new cases, Durham Region, which reported 120 new cases, and Hamilton, which reported 153 new cases.

Variants in Ontario

Since the province began actively searching for variants of COVID-19 of concern in Ontario, 21,346 mutations have been found in positive lab tests.

Of those mutations, officials found 1,229 in the past 24 hours.

Although the province has discovered thousands of variant mutations, only 2,060 have undergone genomic testing in order to be officially categorized.

There are at least 1,229 cases of B.1.1.7. variant in Ontario, as well as 70 variant B.1.351 and 92 P.1. variant.

Over 315,000 people fully immunized in Ontario

The province reports that 315,820 people in Ontario have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now considered immune to the disease.

In the past 24 hours, officials said 89,873 doses of the vaccine were given to residents of the province.

On Monday, the province lowered the minimum age for COVID-19 vaccines to 70 and over in 10 more public health units.

People born in 1951 and earlier can now use the provincial system to reserve their photos in regions, which include Hamilton, Gray Bruce, Peel, and Ottawa.

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