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Ontario reports 23 more deaths linked to COVID-19, 1,207 hospitalizations Thursday

Ontario is reporting 1,207 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, which is down from 1,248 on Wednesday and 1,451 exactly one week ago.

Long-term care home staff member among the new deaths reported Thursday

A nurse gowns up before attending to a patient in the intensive care unit of Humber River Hospital, in Toronto, on Jan. 25. Ontario is reporting 1,207 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, which is down from 1,248 on Wednesday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Ontario is reporting 1,207 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 23 more deaths linked to the virus.

Thursday's hospitalizations are down from 1,248 on Wednesday and 1,451 exactly one week ago.

According to the Ministry of Health, 39 per cent of people hospitalized were admitted specifically for treatment of symptoms brought on by the virus, while the rest were admitted for other reasons and then tested positive.

Of those in hospital, 168 patients require intensive care, up by five from the day before, the province says. Seventy-one patients require the help of a ventilator to breathe.

Sixty-two per cent of people in ICU were admitted because of COVID-19, while the rest were admitted for other reasons and then tested positive for the virus.

Of the new deaths reported, one death involved a healthcare worker at a long-term care home, according to Public Health Ontario. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the province has reported a total of 11 deaths of long-term care staff.

The new deaths reported Wednesday push the province's official death toll to 13,122.

Wastewater data surveillance detecting viral prevalence of COVID-19 suggests an overall decline in the level of infection in most of the province except for northern Ontario, according to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

(Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table)
(Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table)

The province is reporting at least 1,565 new COVID-19 cases through limited PCR testing, with 15,462 tests completed the day before. Due to testing limitations, the actual number of daily new cases is likely far higher than the figure reported, officials have said.

The provincewide test positivity rate stands at 9.6 per cent.

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