Ontario COVID news: 18 new deaths, ICU occupation hits new 1-month low

Ontario reported 18 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday as the province’s ICU burden caused by the coronavirus infection fell to its lowest point in more than a month.

The health ministry says all 18 deaths occurred in the past 30 days.

Three of the deaths involved long-term care residents.

131 deaths were reported in the past week and 480 in the past 30 days, out of a total of 13,052 since March 2020.

Positive tests, the prevalence of sewage and hospital admissions continue to fall, giving health officials confidence that the province is solidifying its exit from the sixth wave.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kieran Moore, told CP24 he is “cautiously optimistic” that the county will have a summer without new COVID-19 spikes.

“We’re in a better place than we were – I’m cautiously optimistic we’ll have a better summer when the weather improves,” he said. “It’s much better to be outside than inside — we all need to regain our mental, physical and social well-being.”

He said the county has successfully administered 14,000 courses of Pfizer’s antiviral medication Paxlovid since late January and that an average of 20,000 people are receiving a third or fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine every day.

Earlier forecasts of the sixth wave of COVID-19 pointed to 600 patients in the ICU in May, something Moore said he never agreed was possible.

“While some people said we’d have 600 or 700, I never thought that would be the case.”

The Department of Health said 1,453 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were admitted to hospitals across Ontario on Friday, up from 1,662 a week ago.

Of those, 168 were in intensive care, seven fewer than yesterday and 32 a week ago.

It is the lowest total IC burden caused by COVID-19 the province has seen since April 9.

Yesterday, the Department of Health released Moore’s response to a request earlier this month from three local health officers asking for mandatory masking to return to institutions such as schools, workplaces and universities, arguing that the spread of the virus is began to affect the area’s ability. hospitals to perform the necessary operations.

Moore turned down their request, saying on Friday they could act on their own.

“I also want to acknowledge that they have always had the ability to issue an order, as I can issue an order.”

Of the 1,969 cases confirmed by PCR testing in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health says 212 people were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, 370 had two doses of vaccine, 1,264 had three doses of vaccine, and the vaccination status of 123 others. was not known.

Provincial labs processed 16,020 test samples in the past period, yielding a positivity rate of 12 percent.

Average positivity in the province among individuals eligible for testing has fallen to about 12 percent, from 14 percent in the previous week.

Ontario delivered 28,144 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

Of these, 1,159 were first doses, 1,409 were second doses, 2,689 were third doses, and 22,887 were fourth doses.

Across all age groups, 84.6 percent of people have at least one dose of a vaccine, 81.5 percent have two doses of vaccine, and 49.1 percent have at least three doses of vaccine.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary† 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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