Ontario reports 385 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19 and 2,594 in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the latest update released Saturday morning.
That is an increase from Friday, when 2,472 people were admitted and 338 were in intensive care units. The province has 2,343 adult intensive care units and as of Saturday, 570 are available.
Provincial numbers for overall hospitalizations should be used with caution as a factor in determining the severity of COVID-19 cases because they include individuals who have tested positive but are not hospitalized as a direct result of the virus. In some cases, individual hospitals have said that nearly 50 percent of the people who tested positive were not hospitalized because of COVID.
Given new provincial regulations regarding testing entered into force on 31 December 2021, the counting of cases – reported at 13,362 on Saturday, up from 11,899 the day before – is also not considered to be an accurate assessment of how widespread COVID-19 may be. There were 31 new deaths caused by COVID.
Here are the latest updates:
Admissions by vaccine status
ONE Star analysis of data shows that unvaccinated persons have been admitted to intensive care units at a rate four times higher and are admitted almost twice as high as persons who have been fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated people now account for 81.8 percent of Ontarians aged five and older.
Given the prevalence of the highly contagious Omicron variant in Ontario, breakthrough infections among fully vaccinated people are common, but early data from several studies around the world suggest that symptoms are milder and serious complications are rare compared to earlier stages of the pandemic.
The province warns that due to the way data is collected, hospitalization by vaccination status numbers may not match broader hospital data as reported on a given day.
Due to incomplete weekend and holiday reporting, vaccination status data for hospital and ICU admissions are not updated on Sundays, Mondays and the day after public holidays.
The province says 11,462,390 people have completed their vaccinations, meaning they have received two doses.
That equates to about 81.8 percent of the eligible population five years and older, and that equates to 78 percent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.
The province says 4,571,616 people have received three doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine.
According to Stars vaccine tracker, 12,271,504 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That equates to 87.6 percent of the eligible population five years and older, and that equates to 83.5 percent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.
Ontario has administered 184,101 vaccine doses since the last daily update, with 28,324,152 vaccines given in total from kl. 20.00
COVID in long-term care
Since Friday, a further seven long-term care residents have died with the number of long-term care deaths now 3,864 since the pandemic began, according to the latest report released by the province.
Ontario reports 22 more long-term care homes in outbreaks over the past week, for a total of 208 or 33.2 percent of LTC homes in the province.
These data are reported by long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-term Care. Daily cases and deaths may not be immediately consistent with the numbers submitted by local public health agencies.
This story was updated on January 8, 2022 to reflect the number of intensive care beds available in Ontario.
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