Dec 31, 2021

By Christine Ross

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As Ontario reports another record of new infections at 16,713, with over 1,100 hospitalized and 205 in ICUs, the province’s top doctor says up to 40 percent of all COVID-19 hospitalizations are the result of incidental cases.

That’s when someone’s taken to hospital for another condition and then tests positive for the virus.

Dr. Kieran Moore says his office is now trying to get clarity on that for better reporting in the days ahead.

“Many individuals have noted the importance of distinguishing between patients admitted to hospital or the ICU for COVID-19 verses those admitted for other reasons such as a broken bone or appendicitis, but also test positive for COVID-19 and as a result, we have asked hospitals to update their daily reporting to include this important information.”

The Ontario Hospital Association says as of Thursday, 70 percent of the province’s adult intensive care beds were filled leaving about 700 available including surge capacity.

The number of unvaccinated patients in ICU is nearly double the number of fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, there are 40 more nursing homes in outbreak than yesterday for a total of 98.

68 have at least one confirmed resident case.

That’s 30 more than a day ago.


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