Ontario reports 1,301 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 3 more deaths after Easter long weekend

Ontario is reporting 1,301 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday after the province’s pandemic advisory table said late last week that the sixth wave of the virus may have crested, but that the Easter long weekend could change that.

The Ministry of Health did not release COVID-19 data on Easter Sunday. Hospitalizations that day reached 1,290, however it’s important to note that upwards of 10 per cent of hospitals did not provide data.

The number of patients in intensive care has passed 200 for the first time since March 16. 

Of those hospitalized currently, 202 are in ICUs — up from 197 on Sunday. There are 91 patients with the virus who require the use of ventilators to keep breathing.

Ontario reported another 2,219 COVID-19 cases through limited PCR testing Monday, with 2,450 reported the previous day.

According to the science table’s latest modelling published last Thursday, daily case counts for the virus may have reached a plateau at around 100,000 new daily infections.

Dr. Peter Jüni, who heads the science table, cautioned last week it is still too early to tell if cases have fully peaked amid this wave of the virus.

The ministry says 10,060 tests were completed Sunday. Test positivity rate sits at 18.7 per per cent.

The province also logged three more deaths linked to the virus — one logged Sunday and two on Monday — bringing Ontario’s total COVID-19 death toll to 12,632.

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