COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise Again as Ontario Records More Than 3,000 New Cases Despite Limited Testing


Ontario reported 807 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, including 166 patients requiring intensive care.

The number of hospitalizations rose from 778 on Wednesday to 661 a week ago.

Among the reported hospitalizations, the number of intensive care patients increased by one from the 165 reported the previous day and 165 reported at the same time last week.

According to the Health Ministry, 48% of those hospitalized were admitted specifically for treatment of symptoms caused by the virus, while the rest were admitted for other reasons and later tested positive. Meanwhile, 74% of people in intensive care were admitted with COVID-19, while the rest were added for other reasons and then tested positive for the virus.

An additional 3,139 new cases were recorded on Thursday thanks to limited PCR testing, marking the first time cases have topped the 3,000 mark since February 10.

Dr. Peter J√ľni, who heads the province’s COVID-19 scientific advisory table, said Wednesday he estimates the true number of cases across the province to be between around 30,000 and 35,000, based on data wastewater monitoring.

Meanwhile, the Ford government announced on Wednesday it would continue to provide free rapid antigen tests until July 31, as health experts say a sixth wave of COVID-19 is underway with hospitalizations and increasing cases.

The six additional deaths reported bring the total death toll in the province to 12,433.