Province reports decline in COVID-related hospitalizations for fifth straight day

Ontario is reporting the lowest number of COVID-related hospitalizations since the end of December with fewer than 1,100 patients.

While not all hospitals report their data on the weekends, the province is reporting 1,056 patients hospitalized with the virus on Sunday.

This is the fifth day in a row we’ve seen the number trend downwards.

Of those 1,056 hospitalized, 324 are in the ICU.

The province is also seeing an additional 19 deaths reported. According to provincial data, these deaths occurred over the past month, excluding two, which were more than a month ago.

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The province is also reporting 1,966 new cases of COVID-19, but due to the province’s testing capacity limit, health officials warn daily case counts are not accurate.

In the past day, 16,752 tests have been completed and 9.1 per cent tested positive.

This is the lowest test positivity rate the province has seen since December 19, 2021.

On the vaccine front, health officials say 92.5 per cent of Ontarians 12 years of age and older have one dose, and 90.3 per cent are double vaccinated.

The province will not be providing updated COVID-19 data on the holiday Monday, February 21, but says online it will publish the data for Family Day and February 22 on Tuesday morning.

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