Ontario’s top doctor speaks out as province registers 3,453 new COVID cases


Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore speaks at a briefing on COVID-19 in the province at 3 p.m. ET. Watch it live in this story.

Ontario reported 3,453 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as public health units collectively administered their largest number of vaccines in a single day since mid-July.

Of the 206,595 injections given on Monday, 187,511 were third doses or boosters, according to the Department of Health, while 14,189 were first doses.

The provincial government has said it intends to increase its capacity over the next few weeks to deliver between 200,000 and 300,000 booster shots each day, as Ontario faces a surge of cases of Omicron.

The number of cases today is up 143% from last Tuesday.

The seven-day average of daily cases rose to 3,153, its first time above 3,000 since May 10, during the third wave of the pandemic in the province. Where it is today is a jump of 125% from the same period last week. The seven-day average is currently on the verge of doubling every five days or so.

The positivity rates also continued to increase. On Tuesday, Public Health Ontario reported a positivity rate of 9.9% on 48,096 tests.

Meanwhile, on Monday, there were 412 people with COVID-19 in hospitals. It is against 385 last Tuesday.

There were 165 patients treated for COVID-related illnesses in intensive care, up from 162 at the same time last week. Of these, 105 needed the help of a ventilator to breathe.

The province says there are 644 adult intensive care beds available if the increase in cases is followed by a surge in intensive care admissions.

The health ministry also reported the deaths of 10 other people with the disease, bringing the official death toll to 10,123.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, is holding a briefing this afternoon. The update comes as officials in some regions report that health centers cannot keep up with the increased demand for tests.

Ottawa Public Health has asked residents who have symptoms but cannot access a timely test to assume they are infected and self-isolate.

Similar pressure on testing resources was reported in Kingston last week, with other health units saying they were bracing for the same issues.

Meanwhile, the Unity Health hospital network in Toronto said it had made the “difficult decision” to suspend ambulatory care and non-essential surgical procedures, except for urgent cases.

“Right now, we need to focus all of our effort, staff and resources on caring for our patients and making sure we have the capacity to meet the demands of the pandemic,” said Tim Rutledge, President and CEO network, in a press release. .


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