Ontario COVID-19: Officials say there are 3,814 people in hospital and 527 patients in ICU

Ontario reported a record number of hospital admissions for COVID-19 on Friday as well as 42 more deaths linked to the disease.

There are now 3,814 people in Ontario hospitals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of more than 180 from the day before. Just over half of those patients, about 53 percent, were admitted as a result of being diagnosed with COVID-19.

There are also 527 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, up from 500 the day before. According to county data, about 80 percent of these patients have been admitted as a result of COVID-19.

The results showed that the remaining 20 percent tested positive for the disease after they were admitted to treat other diseases.

Meanwhile, the county has reported 10,964 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, although experts warn that number is an underestimate due to a shortage of COVID-19 testing.

Another 42 deaths were also confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario since the start of the pandemic to 10,522.

With just over 58,600 COVID-19 tests processed in the past 24 hour period, the health department says the county’s positivity rate is now about 21.8 percent.

This is a breaking news story. More is coming.


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