Ontario reports more than 3,300 new COVID-19 cases as ICU admissions hit record high

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting more than 3,300 new COVID-19 cases as the number of patients in intensive care hits 900 for the first time in the pandemic.

Health officials reported 3,369 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which is down from the 3,887 new cases on Friday.

With 46,803 tests completed in the previous 24-hour period, health officials say the test positivity rate stands at about 7.3 per cent.

Ontario’s test positivity rate has remained stable over the past three days. The rolling seven-day average is now 3,618.

For the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients admitted to intensive care units due to COVID-19 has hit 900. That is up from the 883 patients on Thursday.

Of those intensive care unit patients, 637 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

As of Saturday, there are 2,152 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario. 

Ontario logged 29 additional COVID-19-related deaths in the previous 24-hour period, which bring the total number of fatalities to 8,079.

The province also deemed 3,964 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Saturday, bringing Ontario’s number of recovered patients up to 421,216.

Saturday’s report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 466,733 including deaths and recoveries.

COVID-19 cases drop in Toronto

Most of the new cases reported on Saturday are in hot spot regions.

Health officials reported 1,050 new COVID-19 cases in Toronto, which is down from the 1,331 new cases in Toronto on Friday.

There are 819 new cases in Peel Region, 286 in York Region, 158 in Ottawa, and 157 in Durham Region.

This is a developing news story. More information to come.  

Backstory:

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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