Nearly half of Ontarians hospitalized with COVID-19 were admitted for other reasons

Jan 11 2022, 9:33 pm

New data shared by Minister of Health Christine Elliott notes that almost half of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

The Ontario Hospital Association reported that on Tuesday that of the 477 people currently in ICUs throughout the province because of COVID-19, 80 adults were admitted in the last 24 hours, breaking a provincial record.

Minister Elliott additionally shared that 17% of the patients in ICUs were also admitted for other reasons, but had tested positive.

“We are updating Ontario’s public reporting to distinguish patients hospitalized due to #COVID19 from those admitted for other reasons with COVID-19,” she said, adding that while the newly shared statistics don’t alter the graveness of the situation in Ontario’s hospitals, it is important to share this data “to provide additional context on the state of the pandemic.”

This information will begin to be reported on the province’s COVID-19 hospitalizations tab starting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Critical Care Services Ontario reported that 465 of ICU patients in the province are adults critically ill with COVID-19, and 249 are on ventilators.

On Tuesday, the province reported a total of 7,951 new infections, 3,220 hospitalizations (an increase of 753 since Monday), and 21 deaths.

As of January 11, 28,693,247 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, 141,000 of which were administered on Monday.

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