- COVID-19-related hospitalizations and critical care admissions continued to fall in Ontario on Saturday, reaching a low not seen since early January.
- On Saturday, Ontario health officials reported 14 net deaths from COVID-19, on top of four deaths from over a month earlier.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations and critical care admissions continued to decline on Saturday, reaching a low not seen in Ontario since early January.
According to health officials, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations was 1,191, the lowest since early January.
50 percent of patients hospitalized had COVID-19, while the other half were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus while in the hospital.
329 persons with COVID-19 have been admitted to the ICU, the lowest number since January 6, when 319 people were admitted.
According to Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott, of the 329 COVID-19 patients in ICU, 79% were hospitalized for the virus, and 21% were admitted for other reasons but have since tested positive for the virus.
Ontario health officials recorded 14 net deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, in addition to 4 deaths from over a month ago.
Meanwhile, Ontario has reported 2,244 new COVID-19 cases, but health experts caution that this figure is likely underestimated owing to limited testing.
Ontario has a positive test rate of 11.8 percent after processing 14,174 tests in the previous 24 hours.
The Greater Toronto Area was home to the bulk of the illnesses. Officials said 366 additional cases had been reported in Toronto, 122 in York Region, 97 in Peel Region, and 101 in Durham Region.
Niagara Region, with 101 new infections, Ottawa, with 174, and Simcoe-Muskoka, with 129, were the only three municipalities with more than 100 new COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 figures will not be released on Monday because of the forthcoming long weekend, according to a Ministry of Health official. Instead, such information will be provided the next day.
On Thursday, the province abolished all capacity restrictions in more indoor locations that need evidence of vaccination, including restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres.
As part of its reopening strategy, the province plans to eliminate the immunization certificate system on March 1.
Source: CTV News
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