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Ontario COVID-19 hospitalizations climb to nearly 4,000

Ontario has set another record for the most people hospitalized with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported on Saturday that 3,957 people tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital, an increase of 143 over the past 24 hours.

According to Critical Care Services Ontario, 547 people in intensive care are being treated for COVID-19. Of these patients, 321 use a ventilator to help with breathing.

The province said 53% of hospitalizations are people hospitalized primarily due to COVID-19, while the remaining 47% were admitted for other reasons but have now tested positive for the virus.

Ontario also added 10,732 new COVID-19 infections today, but that number is an underestimate of the true number of cases due to testing restrictions.

In the past 24 hours, the test positivity rate in the province was 24.8%.

According to the government, there have been 43 deaths linked to COVID-19

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