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COVID-19 Ontario: Hospitalizations drop to 1,130, 23 more deaths reported since Thursday

The number of patients in an Ontario hospital with COVID-19 fell below 1,150 on Saturday as the province reported another 23 deaths from the disease in the past two days.

Ontario’s COVID-19 data was last updated Thursday before the federal holiday Friday, when hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the province reached 1,392. The data shows the number of hospitalized patients rose to 1,427 on Friday before dropping to a total of 1,130 on Saturday.

It should be noted that not all hospitals report patient data over the weekend.

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Of those currently hospitalized, 740 are fully vaccinated, 164 are unvaccinated and 34 are partially vaccinated. The vaccination status of the remaining patients is unknown.

Forty-eight per cent of patients currently being treated in an Ontario hospital were admitted with COVID-19, while 52 per cent tested positive afterward.

In intensive care, 185 patients are currently receiving care, compared to 177 on Thursday. Of these patients, 65 are fully vaccinated, 27 are unvaccinated and three are partially vaccinated. No further information on vaccination was provided.

Sixty-two percent of those patients are being treated for COVID-19 and 38 percent were admitted for a different reason but have since tested positive.

Laboratories across Ontario processed 20,538 tests Thursday and 19,282 tests Friday, which the government says resulted in positivity rates of 18.8 and 18.5 per cent, respectively.

At least 8,533 positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified through these tests, although this number is underestimated for limited access to PCR tests in the province.

At the same time, the province is reporting 23 more deaths from COVID-19 in the past 48 hours. Twenty of those deaths have occurred in the past month and three additional deaths have been added to the province’s death toll of 12,629 based on what the Department of Health calls “data cleansing”.

Ontario has had 1,217,574 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. This number also includes 1,168,929 people who have recovered.

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