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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Ontario claims 80 additional COVID-19 deaths, the second-deadliest week

Ontario reports 80 more COVID-19 deaths constitute the 2nd-deadliest week

Key Takeaways:

  • This week is the second-deadliest of the 7th wave of COVID-19 deaths in Ontario after a rise of 80 over the previous seven days.
  • The province is fighting to contain a seventh wave of the virus, mainly brought on by the BA.5 Omicron subvariant. The most recent numbers have been made public.
  • According to specialists, the true prevalence of COVID-19 in Ontario is greatly underestimated by reported case counts.

The count of deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ontario has increased by 80 over the last 7 days, making this week the second-deadliest of the 7th wave.

The province reported 82 fatalities related to the illness last week.

According to recently made public Ministry of Health data, on Thursday, 1474 patients in hospitals were infected with the virus, down from 1492 at this time last week.

139 patients were admitted to a critical care unit on Thursday instead of 138 a week earlier due to the illness.

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The latest statistics are released as the province struggles to contain a seventh wave of the virus, mostly caused by the BA.5 Omicron subvariant. According to the province, the seventh wave started on June 19 officially.

Test positivity on Thursday was 13.7%, but it’s important to note that on August 1, that number increased to 17.7%. That rate was last observed in the sixth wave in April 2022.

The quantity of people who test positive for the infection determines the positivity rates. The province took action in January last year to restrict PCR testing to high-risk populations and environments.

Ontario reports 80 more COVID-19 deaths constitute the 2nd-deadliest week.
Ontario reports 80 more COVID-19 deaths constitute the 2nd-deadliest week. Image from LA times

On Thursday, Public Health Ontario also made available its most recent COVID-19 progress report covering the period from July 24 to July 30.

All age groups, with the anomaly of those aged 12 to 19, saw reported case rates decline, according to the public health service, but rates in that age range are still very low.

The age group of 80 and older had the highest recorded number of cases. According to PHO, people in that age range continue to experience “far higher” rates of hospitalizations and fatalities than people in all other age categories.

According to experts, reported case counts significantly understate the true scope of COVID-19 in Ontario.

Source: Global News

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