Ontario’s COVID reporting is undergoing a fundamental change after Thursday’s announced restrictions on government sponsored COVID testing. The daily case count will no longer be meaningful since many new cases will not be detected through testing. This, coupled with the use of home testing kits, the results of which may not end up in the provincial database, has rendered the daily case count unreliable and almost certainly understated. The focus now shifts to the one critical statistic that determines to province’s capacity to manage COVID—ICU cases. As of yesterday 1,144, people are hospitalized with COVID19 and 205 people are in ICU due to COVID-19. With the above caveat regarding reliability the province reported 16,713 new cases of COVID19. 27,208,675 vaccine doses have been administered, with over 195,000 doses administered yesterday.
Hamilton and Halton Public Health Units showed a slight easing in new case counts with 818 new cases in Hamilton and 707 in Halton. However local case counts will also be affected by the reduction in testing and will no longer be reliable. In Hamilton hospitalizations shot up by 30 cases to 170, while ICU cases increased by two to 19. Hamilton now has 4,791 active cases. There are 31 outbreaks in Hamilton –down two from Thursday. Hamilton Public Health says it will stop recording outbreaks in private settings such as workplaces and will focus on hospitals. Schools. Long-term care settings and hospitals. Hamilton hospitals are now dealing with outbreaks involving 88 staff and patients.
There are 28 COVID patients in Halton’s hospitals. There were no new deaths reported in either Hamilton or Halton.