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Ontario ICU capacity reaching critical level because of COVID-19: OHA

Ontario ICU capacity reaching critical level because of COVID-19: OHA”

Health officials in Ontario are reporting more than 2,400 new COVID-19 infections as hospitalizations related to the disease reach their highest level since early February.

There are thirty-six new cases of the B.1.17 variant with the total now at 1,494, nine new B.1.351 variant case bringing that total to 60 and four new P.1 variant cases with that total now at 58. A week ago, the average was 1,532 while two weeks ago the seven-day average sat at 1,337.

The province completed 61,005 tests over the past 24-hour period and reported a positivity rate of 4.5 per cent, a jump from the 3.8 per cent which had remained unchanged for the past several days.

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There are 179 COVID-19 positive individuals who are being isolated.

But data from Critical Care Services Ontario obtained by CP24 said there were 401 people in intensive care in Ontario hospitals due to COVID-19 on Thursday, with 38 new admissions in the past 24 hours, the highest number of daily admissions since early January.

This is breaking news story. Health Ministry numbers show there are now 913 cases in hospital with 359 of those in ICU. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.



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