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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Ontario reports 1,626 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 17 additional deaths

Health officials in Ontario say 1,626 people are in hospital with COVID-19 as 17 others have died due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Thursday’s figures showed a decrease in the number of hospitalizations reported a day earlier when they reached 1,662.

Of the hospitalized patients, 1,043 are fully vaccinated, 213 unvaccinated, and 78 partially vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

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Fifty percent of the patients currently receiving care were not admitted because of COVID-19 but have since tested positive. Forty-five percent admitted due to COVID-19.

In the ICU, four additional patients were admitted overnight, bringing the total number of intensive caregivers with the novel coronavirus to 207.

Of those patients, 83 patients have been fully vaccinated, 32 have not been vaccinated, and four have been partially vaccinated. No other vaccination information was released by the government on Thursday. In addition, 62 per cent were admitted to intensive care because of their COVID-19 diagnosis, while 38 per cent were admitted for a different reason but are now testing positive.

Also, there have been 17 deaths due to the disease since Wednesday, taking the death toll in the province to 12,678.

An additional 5,038 positive cases were identified in the last 24-hour period, although the health ministry reported that the number was higher than normal due to a “data clean up”.

At least 20,840 tests were conducted since yesterday, which the province said generated a positivity rate of 18.3 percent.

The Director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Table said Wednesday that he expects infections in the province to rise after the holiday weekend. However, Dr. Peter Juni said wastewater data shows a potential peak, the number of health care workers testing positive for COVID-19 has declined, and test positivity has also stabilized.

Since the start of the pandemic, Ontario has recorded 1,229,572 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,184,812 recoveries.

With files from the Canadian Press

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