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421 patients in Ontario ICUs because of COVID, testing captures 10,964 new cases

Approximately 2,000 people are currently hospitalized because of the virus
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Ontario's hospitals are caring for more than 3,800 COVID-positive patients, 527 in intensive care, though not all were admitted to hospital because of COVID-19. 

About 52 per cent of Ontario's hospitalized COVID-19 patients were admitted because of COVID-related illness, and there are 421 patients in ICUs because of COVID-19, including 288 patients on ventilators. 

On Jan. 14, Public Health Ontario is reporting 10,964 new COVID cases, however, new case counts no longer reflect COVID-19 transmission in the province as testing is reserved nearly exclusively for hospitalized patients, and residents and staff at high-risk congregate settings. 

To-date, Public Health Ontario has confirmed 926,904 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 804,886 recoveries and 10,522 deaths.

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

Cases

  • 21,672 recoveries and 41 deaths since yesterday's report. The deaths reported have all occurred within the last month.
  • There are 111,496 active, lab-confirmed cases, down from 122,246 reported yesterday.
  • The new cases reported today include 1,458 unvaccinated people, 365 partially vaccinated people, and 8,518 fully vaccinated people, 623 cases were reported with vaccination status unknown. 
  • The seven-day average by vaccination status indicated 55 cases per 100,000 unvaccinated people, 42 cases per 100,000 partially vaccinated people, and 73 cases per 100,000 fully vaccinated people. 
  • Lab-confirmed testing is mostly limited to those who live in high-risk congregate care settings or work in them. As such a majority of the people being tested are fully vaccinated as per provincial or workplace mandatory vaccine policies.

Hospitalizations

  • 3,814 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19. Of those, 53 per cent were admitted because of COVID-19, and the other 47 per cent were admitted for a different reason and tested positive for COVID.
  • Included in the hospitalizations are 686 unvaccinated cases, 167 partially vaccinated cases, and 2,035 fully vaccinated cases. 
  • There are 527 patients in Ontario ICUs with COVID, and 80 per cent (421 patients) were admitted for COVID-19 related critical illness. 20 per cent of COVID-positive ICU patients were admitted for other reasons but tested positive.
  • There are 288 COVID patients on ventilators.
  • Included in the ICU counts are 168 unvaccinated cases, 19 partially vaccinated cases, and 185 fully vaccinated cases.

Testing

  • The province reported 58,031 tests were processed yesterday, resulting in a 21.8 per cent positivity. Another 72,005 tests are still being processed. 

As of today's report, 11.5 million people in Ontario (78 per cent of the population) are fully vaccinated, and five per cent of the province has one dose of COVID vaccine. There are 5.3 million people in Ontario with three doses of vaccine.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 6,209.9 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

Ontario's average seven-day incidence rate from Jan. 4 to Jan. 10 was 531.1 cases per 100,000 people, which decreased 23.9 per cent over the seven-day period starting on Dec. 29.

For more on the province's breakdown of vaccination status, click here.

Northern Ontario 

In the north there are currently 121 people with COVID-19 in hospital, up from 100 yesterday, according to provincial data. There are 27 people in ICU, up from 21 yesterday, and 11 people on ventilators, up from seven yesterday. The regional data is not broken down to clarify the number of people in hospital for a COVID-related reason and who was admitted to hospital for another reason then tested positive.

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

  • Algoma Public Health: The health unit has reported 2,863 cases, 593 known active cases and 10 current hospitalizations, including one person who is from out of region but in Algoma. Of the eligible population five years and older, 87 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 81 per cent have both doses. Of the population 18 years and older, 47 per cent have a booster.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: The health unit has reported 2,218 cases, 271 known active cases and three hospitalizations. Of the eligible population five years and older, 85 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 80 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 48 per cent have a booster.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: The health unit has reported 3,681 cases, 861 known active cases. The health unit does not report hospitalizations. As of Jan. 13, 24 people with COVID-19 were admitted at Timmins and District Hospital, four of whom were admitted for COVID-related reasons. Of the eligible population five years and older, 88 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, 45 per cent have a booster.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: The health unit has reported 7,455 cases and 983 known active cases. There are 38 COVID-positive patients at Health Sciences North, including four in ICU. Of the eligible population five years and older, 87 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 81 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 45 per cent have a booster.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: The health unit has reported 869 cases, 124 known active cases, and 5 hospitalizations. Of the eligible population five years and older, 84 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 78 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 50 per cent have a booster.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: The health unit has reported 2,549 cases, 352 known active cases and 8 hospitalizations. Of the eligible population five years and older, 94 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, 47 per cent have a booster.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: The health unit has reported 5,467 cases, 365 known active cases and 13 hospitalizations, including two people in ICU. Of the eligible population five years and older, 88 per cent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine and 81 per cent have both doses. For the eligible population 18 years and older, 42 per cent have a booster.

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




Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and community editor. She has 13 years of experience as a local journalist
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