DESPITE EQUAL NUMBER OF BREAKTHROUGH COVID CASES, VAST MAJORITY IN ONTARIO ICUs ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED

Nov 15, 2021

By Jane Brown

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As daily COVID-19 case counts continue to rise here in Ontario, experts are helping to put the numbers in perspective.

Sunday, it was announced there were 666 new COVID cases in the province, which is the highest daily count since the beginning of October.

Emergency room physician Doctor Kashif Pirzada says this is a concern, especially for people living outside of the GTA.

“They’re seeing large increases in cases,” Pirzada told CP24, “What this means is that if cases in your region are going up, we need to be a bit more cautious about what you’re doing. I would avoid gatherings with large numbers of people, I would keep my mask on, only socialize with vaccinated people, and put pressure on your schools to start doing rapid tests twice a week. That should catch most cases in schools.”

As for hospital admissions related to COVID-19 in the province, at least 265 people are currently receiving treatment. About two-thirds of these individuals are either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or their status unknown.

In the ICUs province wide, there are 133 patients being treated with about 80 percent either unvaccinated or partically vaccinated.

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