Ontario confirms 7 more coronavirus deaths, 179 patients in the intensive care unit

Ontario on Tuesday confirmed a further seven COVID-19 deaths and 179 patients in the intensive care unit with the virus.

The Ministry of Health says the latest deaths occurred in the past month.

There have been 12,343 deaths due to the virus since March 2020, according to the province.

There are currently 639 patients with the virus in hospitals in Ontario, down from 688 a week ago.

The ministry says 47 percent of hospital patients were admitted for COVID-19, and 53 percent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

Of those admitted, 179 are in intensive care compared to 220 a week ago and 246 two weeks ago.

79 percent of ICU patients were admitted for COVID-19, and 21 percent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive, the ministry said.

Ontario laboratories processed 10,433 tests in the last 24 hours, producing a positivity of 12.2 percent, according to the Department of Health.

The province reported 1,447 laboratory-confirmed cases today, but that number is an understatement due to test restrictions.

Ontario’s health chief has said there are probably ten times as many cases a day as what is detected through testing due to access restrictions.

Among recent cases, 730 of the subjects have received three doses, 394 have received two doses, 211 have not been fully vaccinated and 112 have unknown vaccination status.

To date, 89 percent of Ontarians five years of age and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 86 percent have received two doses, and 50 percent have received three doses.

Yesterday, the province lifted mask mandates in most indoor environments throughout the province, including schools.

Masks, however, are still required in transit, in hospitals, long-term care homes and prisons until at least April 27th.

More on the way.

The figures used in this story can be found in the Ontario Department of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from that reported by the province because local units report numbers at different times.

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