COVID-19: Ontario reports record numbers of cases

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Ontario on Wednesday reported a record number of 10,436 new cases within the previous 24 hours, leading to a seven-day average of over 9,000.

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The unprecedented number is coming, although Public Health Ontario warns that the number of cases underestimates the true number of people with COVID-19 in Ontario, as the Omicron-driven increase in cases affects test availability in the province.

Of the nearly 60,000 COVID-19 tests processed in laboratories over the past 24 hours, more than one in four (26.9 percent) returned positive.

New cases reported in the Ottawa area’s health units on Wednesday included 132 in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, 109 in Hastings Prince Edward, 95 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, 78 in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and 44 in Renfrew County and District.

While COVID-related ICU occupancy increased only slightly over the last 24 hours, from 187 to 190, the number of admissions increased by more than 230 cases to 726 people admitted and tested positive. This newspaper has asked the province for more information about the one-day leap in this total.

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Three more COVID-19 deaths were added to the total number in Ontario, which stands at 10,171.

More than 176,000 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

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Meanwhile, some major provincial announcements are expected this week, about returning to personal school (or not), and how people with COVID-19 or an exposure to it should act afterwards.

Prime Minister Doug Ford said on Tuesday that there would be an announcement “within the next few days” on whether schools would reopen for personal learning next week.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore had been scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday on updated case and contact management as well as test guidance for Ontario, but it was postponed earlier in the day.

Health Secretary spokeswoman Alexandra Hilkene said Moore’s office as well as Public Health Ontario compared new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on isolation and quarantine periods with Ontario-specific evidence, and that Moore would provide an update later here. week.

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The CDC guidelines shorten the recommended isolation time for asymptomatic Americans after testing positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to five, followed by an additional five days of mask wearing around others.

Ontario announced new restrictions on long-term care homes Tuesday, designed to combat the threat from the Omicron variant.

Visits to LTC homes will be suspended from Thursday, except for palliative situations and access for key relatives.

In addition, residents will not be allowed to go on day trips for social reasons.

Grace Welch, chair of the advocacy committee at the Champlain Region Family Council Network, said via email that while the network is happy that access to key caregivers will continue, “we are very concerned about the impact of further isolation on the emotional and psychological health of residents as a result of visitation restrictions and cancellation of social excursions. “

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She also questioned whether mobile clinics were needed to simplify access to boosters, noting that 57 percent of staff and 16 percent of residents still had not received them, according to county numbers per. December 22nd.

“We are also very concerned about whether some homes will have sufficient staff to provide adequate care to the residents. We know from the first wave that some residents suffered severe dehydration and malnutrition because there were not enough staff to provide even basic levels of care, ”Welch said, wondering if there had been discussions between the province and the federal government about military and Red Cross preparedness. to supplement the LTC staffing if the hospitals are unable.

Latest COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reported 653 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases of COVID-19 to 5,637.

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The number of Ottawans in the hospital with an active COVID-19 infection has dropped to eight, including one in the intensive care unit.

According to OPH data, more than 22 percent of the tests treated between December 22 and 28 (excluding LTC homes) returned positive for COVID-19.

Two new outbreaks were reported in local child care centers, while three new outbreaks were reported in the community care sector. There are also five ongoing outbreaks linked to Community settings.

The seven-day average for the estimated R

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