Ontario reports more than 4,100 coronavirus hospitalizations as the prime minister says ‘positive news’ about restrictions coming

Ontario reports more than 4,100 coronavirus hospitalizations as the prime minister says ‘positive news’ about restrictions coming

Long-term care homes continue to battle the highly-contagious Omicron variant as there are 421 active outbreaks at homes across the province, up from 369 a week ago.
The virus-related death toll now stands at 10,666.
The latest numbers come as Premier Ford told a radio station in Ottawa that the government will make an announcement later this week about reducing some pandemic restrictions in the province.

Over 82 per cent of ICU patients were admitted to hospitals for the virus and 17.9 per cent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive.
Of those in hospital, 580 are in intensive care, compared to 477 a week ago, and 337 ICU patients are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The province reported another 38 virus-related deaths today, with 37 occurring in the past month and the remaining death occurring more than a month ago.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 53.5 per cent of patients were admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 and 46.5 per cent were admitted for other reasons but have tested positive.

The province also pivoted to virtual learning for two weeks after the winter break, however, many school boards cancelled the start of in-person learning yesterday and today due to the winter storm that hit the GTA.
Ontario labs processed 31,355 tests in the past 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 24.5 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.
Ontario returned to a modified Step 2 on Jan. 5, resulting in the closure of indoor dining, gyms, theatres, and reducing private social gathering limits to five indoors and 10 outdoors.

“We’ll have some positive news. I believe we’re going to make some announcements later this week about going back to other levels of restrictions.”
“We’ll have a good announcement by the end of the week,” Ford told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll Tuesday morning.

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