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Number of COVID-positive hospital patients up 23% in last 7 days

Province reports 20 more deaths, 4,589 new COVID cases confirmed through limited testing
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The number of COVID-positive hospital patients increased 23 per cent in the last seven days with 1,392 people hospitalized according to today's report. 

The number of COVID patients in intensive care units has increased by 11 per cent over the same time period with 159 patients in ICUs on April 7 compared to 177 today.

In the latest update, the province reported 20 more COVID-related deaths that occurred within the last month, and an additional three deaths that occurred more than a month ago.

According to the latest update, there have been 222 COVID deaths in the last 30 days, with between five and 17 deaths each day. 

Over the course of the pandemic, the province has reported 12,606 deaths that were either caused by COVID, COVID was a contributing factor to the death, or the cause of death was unknown or missing. 

The daily update included 4,589 lab-confirmed COVID cases. 

Case counts are assumed to be underestimated because not everyone is eligible to receive PCR testing and only PCR results are included in the daily case counts.

As of today, Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,209,041 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 1,163,003 cases recovered or resolved.

The April 14 updates provided by the province's public health agency and the ministry of health also reported the following data:

Hospitalizations

  • 1,392 COVID-positive patients in hospitals, up from 1,332 reported yesterday. Of those, 45 per cent were admitted to hospital because of COVID-19 and 55 per cent were admitted for other reasons but still test positive for COVID-19. 
  • Among the hospitalized COVID-positive patients not in the ICU are 205 unvaccinated people, 47 partially vaccinated people and 899 fully vaccinated people.
  • 177 people are in ICU because of COVID-related critical illness, which is down from 182 reported yesterday. Of those, 33 no longer test positive for COVID-19.
  • There are 81 patients on ventilators because of COVID-related critical illness, down from 85 reported yesterday.
  • Among the COVID patients in the ICU are 27 unvaccinated people, five partially vaccinated people, and 72 fully vaccinated people. 

Vaccination

  • About 86 per cent of the population over four years old in Ontario is fully vaccinated (about 12.1 million people)
  • More than 7.2 million people in Ontario have had three doses of a COVID vaccine.
  • 10 per cent of the eligible population (aged 5 and up) is unvaccinated

Testing 

  • Ontario labs processed 23,046 tests for the latest report, resulting in an 18.1 per cent positivity.

Northern Ontario

In the north, there are 136 hospitalizations, up from 133 yesterday, according to provincial data. There are 14 people in ICU with the virus and 5 people on ventilators, down from 8 yesterday.

In northern Ontario, the breakdown of Public Health Ontario data for cases and vaccination is:

  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: The health unit has reported 4,950 cases, 206 known active cases and 23 hospitalizations. Of the eligible population five years and older, 87 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 83 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 60 per cent have a booster.
  • Algoma Public Health: The health unit has reported 7,336 cases, 411 known active cases and 22 hospitalizations, with three people in ICU who were admitted for COVID-related reasons but are no longer positive. Of the eligible population five years and older, 89 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 85 per cent have both doses. Of the population 18 years and older, 62 per cent have a booster.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: The health unit has reported 6,637 cases, 237 known active cases and 15 hospitalizations, with one person in ICU. Of the eligible population five years and older, 88 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 83 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 54 per cent have a booster.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: The health unit has reported 13,892 cases, 476 known active cases and 31 hospitalizations, with three people in ICU. It is only updating its numbers Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Of the eligible population five years and older, 89 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 85 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 59 per cent have a booster.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: The health unit has reported 1,621 cases, 121 known active cases, and 25 hospitalizations, with one person in ICU. Of the eligible population five years and older, 86 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 82 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 59 per cent have a booster.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: The health unit has reported 7,026 cases and 191 known active cases. Current hospitalizations are not reported. Of the eligible population five years and older, 97 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 91 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 63 per cent have a booster.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: The health unit has reported 10,234 cases, 198 known active cases and 31 hospitalizations, with five people in ICU. The health unit is only updating data Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Of the eligible population five years and older, 90 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 86 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 61 per cent have a booster.

The data from Northern Ontario health units is based on what was available at 10:30 a.m. today.

Simcoe-Muskoka

In the last update published April 13, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported zero deaths, 423 new COVID cases, and eight new hospitalizations. 

There are 29 people from the region currently hospitalized because of COVID-19, including three patients in ICUs. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 40,902 cases of COVID-19 with 38,638 of those cases recovered and 448 cases ending in death. 

The next update for Simcoe-Muskoka will be posted by the health unit on April 20.


Erika Engel

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