Ontario sees highest daily COVID-19 ICU admissions, hospitalizations surpass 3,000

By Michael Ranger

Ontario is reporting the highest number of new COVID-19 ICU admissions in a single day since the start of the pandemic while hospitalizations jumped to over 3,000.

With 80 new adult admissions the Ontario Hospital Association says there are now 465 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care.

Among patients in the ICU, the hospital association says 249 are on a ventilator and the seven-day average of patients in critical care with the virus now sits at 370.

Provincial health officials are reporting 3,220 people are now in the hospital for the virus, that compares to 2,472 reported one day ago.

Ontario is also reporting 21 new virus-related deaths.

The Ministry of Health says 54 per cent were admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 and 46 per cent were admitted for other reasons but have tested positive for the virus. Of those in the ICU, 83 per cent were admitted for the virus and 17 per cent tested positive after being admitted for other reasons.

The province is currently in the process of updating their reporting to distinguish patients hospitalized for the virus and those admitted for other reasons. CityNews 680 will carry it live.

Health Minister Christine Elliott will provide an update on the province’s health system capacity at 12:30 p.m.alongside Matthew Anderson, the CEO of Ontario Health.

The province’s health-care system has been under growing strain in recent weeks due to the highly transmissible variant, which has also caused staffing shortages across several sectors.

As of Tuesday, 91.1 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 88.5 per cent are fully vaccinated. The province administered more than 141,000 vaccine doses in the last 24-hour period.

Below is the number of new COVID-19 infections and tests in Ontario. Cases are likely much higher due to changes in testing strategy across the province. More information on these changes can be found here.

Ontario is also reporting 7,951 new COVID-19 cases but Public Health Ontario warns the number of infections is likely much higher due to the province’s testing capacity and accessibility.

The Ford government has confirmed that students and teachers will return to in-person learning next Monday, Jan. 17.

That planned return to class was expected no earlier than Jan. 17. Ford said that the return date would be assessed based on public health indicators.

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