Ontario reports 109 new COVID-19 deaths, a number not seen since May

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Ontario is reporting 109 new COVID-19 deaths over the previous seven days — the one highest loss of life rely since early May through the sixth wave of the pandemic.

The weekly loss of life toll comes from new knowledge launched Thursday by the province’s ministry of well being, which reported 67 deaths the week earlier than.

Not since May 6, when deaths numbered 112 for the week, has the province reported a loss of life toll this excessive.

The province’s weekly knowledge launch usually contains seven particular person days’ price of data spanning the number of newly reported COVID instances, hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and deaths. This week’s launch is lacking three days of information — Oct. 15, 16 and 17.

CBC News has contacted the Ministry of Health to inquire concerning the lacking info.

The new numbers paint a stark image of the toll of the virus. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore warned final month that the chance of transmission for the novel coronavirus would enhance through the colder months.

Hospitalizations rise

According to the knowledge, the number of individuals in hospital with the virus climbed to 1,663 Thursday, from 1,629 the week earlier than. 

The number of individuals in intensive care with COVID-19 additionally rose to 158 from 143 this time final week. Of these, 65 sufferers require a ventilator to breathe, up from 56 the week prior.

Test positivity on Thursday dropped barely to 16.4 per cent from 17.1 per cent final Thursday, nevertheless it’s considerably larger than the 13.3 per cent reported two weeks in the past.

The positivity fee can differ relying on the number of people that take a look at for the virus. This previous January, the province moved to restrict PCR testing to high-risk populations and settings solely. 

Experts have stated reported case counts are a extreme underestimate of the particular extent of COVID-19 infections in Ontario. 

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