Ontario officers are reporting simply over 1,000 sufferers in hospital with COVID-19, the bottom rely since late December.
Ontario Minister of Well being Christine Elliott mentioned that 1,003 sufferers are presently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Of these hospitalizations, 49 per cent had been admitted with COVID-19 and 51 per cent had been admitted for different causes however examined constructive for the virus whereas in hospital.
Within the ICU, 297 folks with COVID-19 are searching for care – the bottom variety of admissions since early January.
Ontario Minister of Well being Christine Elliott mentioned that of the 297 sufferers in ICU with COVID-19, 76 per cent had been admitted for COVID-19 and 24 per cent had been admitted for different causes however have now examined constructive for the virus
On Friday, Ontario well being officers reported 39 deaths associated to COVID-19 that occurred previously thirty days. Thirty-five occured within the final thirty days, whereas 4 are being added to the culmulative whole as a result of an ongoing investigation into extra deaths.
In the meantime, Ontario is reporting 2,427 new COVID-19 instances, however well being officers have warned that quantity is a big underestimate as a result of restricted testing.
Of the brand new instances confirmed Friday, 287 are unvaccinated sufferers and 1,391 are totally vaccinated. The remaining 248 instances are in Ontarians who’re both partially vaccinated or their vaccination standing is unknown.
With 21,550 exams processed within the final 24-hours, Ontario is reporting a check positivity price of 9.8 per cent.
The vast majority of infections had been recognized within the Better Toronto Space. Officers are reporting 357 new instances in Toronto, 94 new instances in York Area, 130 new instances in Peel Area and 106 new instances in Durham Area.
The one different public well being models with greater than 100 new COVID-19 instances had been Kingston-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington with 101 new infections, Northwestern with 11, Ottawa with 131 and Simcoe-Muskoka with 134 new infections.
Earlier this month, the province said its intention to carry capability limits in most public settings and remove the requirement for business to see proof of vaccination from patrons beginning March 1. Masks mandates will nonetheless be in place come the start of March, however the authorities has mentioned it might overview these insurance policies mid-month.
On Thursday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore mentioned he anticipates the provincial mask mandate will be lifted “simultaneously” across most sectors when it’s protected to take action, moderately than on a piecemeal foundation.
His feedback got here on the heels of Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown calling on the province to “strongly” contemplate lifting the masks mandate in faculties as a part of serving to “kids get again to regular.”