Ontario reports 1116 hospital admissions, 12 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday

Ontario reported 1,116 hospitalizations and 12 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday.

The number of hospital admissions on Friday fell from 1,165 on Thursday and 1,392 exactly a week ago.

According to the Ministry of Health, 50 percent of people hospitalized were admitted specifically for treatment of symptoms caused by the virus, while the rest were admitted for other reasons and then tested positive.

Of those in hospital, 160 patients need intensive care, three less than the day before, the province says. Eighty patients require the aid of a ventilator to breathe.

Of those in the ICU, 39 percent were admitted because of COVID-19, while the rest were admitted for other reasons and then tested positive for the virus.

The province reports at least 1,221 new cases of COVID-19 through limited PCR testing, with 12,077 tests completed the day before. Due to testing limitations, the actual number of daily new cases is likely much higher than the reported figure, officials said.

The test positivity rate across the county stands at 8.9 percent.

The new deaths reported on Saturday bring the province’s official death toll to 13,159.

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