Ontario hospitals ramp down elective surgeries to increase ICU capacity

Lawrence Kim
April 13, 2021

The province is reporting that 94,794 vaccines were administered yesterday, which is well below the 130,000 daily target set by the government. It is the highest positivity rate the province has reported since the start of the pandemic. The previous of 9.7 per cent came on two days, December 29 and January 4, during the peak of the second wave.

Ontario also said that there were 4,456 new COVID-19 cases in the province on Sunday, marking a new single-day high for new infections. That number is up from 2,862 from one week ago and it is the highest seven-day average ever.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, predicts the city is now on track to see 2,500 new daily cases by the months end.

The ministry of health says that there are 1,822 people in hospital because of COVID-19.

The number does not reflect actual cases since cases reported after 4 pm won't be counted until Monday.

The province has now reached a positivity rate for the virus of nearly 8 per cent, with 1,513 people in hospital. It is the highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic and another record-high for ICU patients.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said Friday that could increase intensive-care unit capacity in Ontario by up to 1,000 patient beds.

Of the more than 387,000 COVID cases reported in the province so far, more than 40,000 are now variants of concern and their mutations.

The second order grants Home and Community Care Support Services organizations and Ontario Health the authority to redeploy health care workers to hospitals that are facing "significant" pressure due to COVID-19.

A total of 7,552 people have died from the virus in Ontario.

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