Ontario COVID News: Lowest ICU Occupancy Since Nov. 1

On Saturday, provincial health officials reported the lowest number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in six months.

The Ontario Ministry of Health says there are 865 patients with the virus in hospitals across the province, up from 1,116 a week ago.

Of those in the hospital, 144 are in the ICU, a decrease of 16 from a week ago, and the lowest occupancy rate since November 28, 2021, when 135 people were in the ICU.

Officials say 39 percent of hospitalized patients were admitted for reasons related to COVID-19 and 60 percent were admitted for other reasons and subsequently tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, 65 percent of ICU patients were admitted for the virus and 34 percent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday, the ministry also confirmed 13 new net deaths, 12 occurring in the last month and one occurring more than a month ago.

Three of the latest deaths were residents of long-term care homes.

There have been 13,223 virus-related deaths in the province since March 2020.

Ontario labs processed 11,297 tests in the past 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 8.5%, compared with 8.9% seven days ago, according to the ministry.

Health officials confirmed 1,144 more infections today, but health officials say daily case counts continue to be an underestimate due to limited access to PCR tests.

Among the latest cases, 657 of the people received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 192 received two doses, 103 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 192 have unknown vaccination status.

Yesterday, 20,145 doses of vaccines were administered throughout the province.

To date, 90% of Ontarians age five and older have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 87% have received two doses, and 52% have received three doses.

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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