Ontario COVID news: 16 more dead, nearly 1,700 hospitalizations

Ontario confirmed 16 more COVID-19 deaths and nearly 1,700 hospitalizations on Tuesday.

The Department of Health says 15 of the latest deaths have occurred in the past month and one fatality has been added to the cumulative total as a result of the data cleanup.

Two of the dead were long-term residents of care homes.

As of March 2020, the province has reported 12,858 virus-related deaths.

Health officials say there have been 1,699 patients with the virus in Ontario hospitals in the past 24 hours, a notable increase from 1,423 a day ago. However, it should be noted that some hospitals do not submit data on weekends.

A week ago, the ministry reported 1,730 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Forty-two percent of current hospitalized patients were admitted for COVID-19-related reasons, while 58 percent were admitted for other reasons but subsequently tested positive for the virus.

Of those in hospital, 202 are in intensive care, nine fewer than yesterday and 17 less than a week ago.

The ministry says 65 percent of ICU patients were admitted with the virus, while 35 percent were taken to hospital for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

In the past 24 hours, provincial labs processed 11,755 tests, yielding a positivity rate of 13.2 percent, according to the ministry, unchanged from a week ago.

Officials today confirmed another 1,547 infections, but the daily number of cases remains an underestimate due to limited access to PCR tests.

Of the latter cases, 952 individuals have received three doses of a vaccine, 251 have received two doses, 199 have not been or have been partially vaccinated, and 145 have an unknown vaccination status.

Yesterday, the province administered more than 22,000 COVID-19 vaccines.

To date, 90 percent of Ontarians five years and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 86 percent have received two doses, and 52 percent have received three doses.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Daily Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19. The number of cases for each city or region may differ slightly from what the province reports because local units report figures at different times.

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