The seven-day average of cases, which helps level out peaks and troughs in the data, now stands at 794, the highest since June 5. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Health Minister Christine Elliott said people who are not fully vaccinated make up 23.6% of the province’s total population, but make up almost half of reported cases in Ontario today.
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of Ontarians of all age groups and from all walks of life, but has hit older residents the hardest, with about 5,900 people aged 80 and over dying from the virus , based on data from Public Health Ontario (PHO).
The median age of deaths has declined with each subsequent wave of the pandemic, according to provincial data. From wave one to wave four, he went from 85 to 74.
Residents of long-term care facilities have been disproportionately affected, with more than 40 percent of all deaths in the province occurring in this population.
COVID-19 swept through long-term care homes in the first wave, killing 1,937 residents in those first months – more than 32% of all deaths in the province at this time, according to PHO.
Long-term care homes saw roughly the same number of deaths in Wave 2, although by that time the virus was making its way through other populations and deaths in the Nursing homes accounted for 21% of the second wave total.
A report on the latest pandemic projections from the Ontario Scientific Advisory Table COVID-19, which is made up of a panel of experts who have provided modeling and public health advice during the pandemic, also notes that low-income people, essential workers and visible minorities have experienced the highest risk of death from COVID-19.
The scientific table warns against the need for public health measures
In a new brief published Tuesday, the scientific table called for public health measures to mitigate any influx of critically ill patients.
The group says Ontario’s intensive care system currently lacks the capacity to accommodate a wave of patients as it did during the second and third waves of the pandemic, due to worsening staff shortages, worker burnout and health system recovery efforts.
“Recent modeling suggests that there may be an increased number of patients with [COVID-19 related critical illness] alongside the flu in the winter months of 2021/2022, leading to an increase in potential intensive care admissions, ”the group said.
“There is a growing shortage of personnel in intensive care units with increasing rates of nursing vacancies, especially in intensive care units in the provinces. Burnout, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and is particularly impacting nurses, is a major contributor to staff shortages. “
The group says that through collaboration and coordination, the worst-case scenario – in which there isn’t enough intensive care capacity to treat those who need it during the pandemic – has so far been avoid.
But it will be more difficult for the system to quickly increase its capacity as it has done during previous waves of COVID-19, according to the group.
“It is imperative that public health measures that help reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 as well as other infectious diseases that can affect the health system, including influenza, are in place over the next few years. month ”, indicates the memory.
“Public health measures will be useful in the short term; however, longer-term policies must be implemented simultaneously to address the current crisis in critical care personnel. These combined efforts will help ensure that there is critical care capacity for all patients, COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 who need it, and reduce the burden on an already strained workforce. “
Province’s positivity rate at 3%
Here are some other key indicators and figures for the pandemic taken from the daily provincial update from the Department of Health:
Completed tests: 21 476.
Province-wide test positivity rate: 3 percent.
Active cases: 6 940.
Intensive care patients with COVID-related illnesses: 266 people are hospitalized. Of these patients, 218 are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status, while 48 are fully vaccinated. There are also 153 people in intensive care and 96 using ventilators to breathe. Of those in intensive care, 134 are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status and 19 are fully vaccinated.
Deaths: An increase of three, to 10,000.
Vaccination: 27,129 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday. Now almost 89.9% of Ontarians aged 12 or older have received at least one dose, while almost 86.4% have received two.