Ontario breaks record with 10,436 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

Dec 29 2021, 3:42 pm

Ontario reported a record-breaking 10,436 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and three new deaths.

According to newly released Ministry of Health data, hospitalizations from COVID-19 reached 720 on Wednesday, up from close to 500 before Christmas Day.

There are now 190 patients in the ICU, only 28 of whom have received a full course of vaccination. This is an increase from the 168 ICU patients recorded one week ago.

The province has administered 26,815,586 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with over 176,000 doses administered on Tuesday. Across the province, 90.7% of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose, and 88.1% have received both.

To date, Ontario has seen 725,841 cases of COVID-19 and 10,171 deaths.

The latest numbers surpassed the previous record of 10,412 new cases on Christmas Day.

Ontario health officials were expected to announce changes to COVID-19 testing guidelines Tuesday afternoon, however, the Ministry of Health postponed the announcement after the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new framework shortening the recommended isolation and quarantine period for asymptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

The new CDC guidelines require individuals who test positive for the virus to isolate for five days, rather than the previously recommended 10.

Laura HanrahanLaura Hanrahan

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