Year ends with yet another new COVID cases record in Ontario

The number of patients in ICU crept up by five in one day to 205, including 104 on ventilators

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Yet another COVID-19 daily case record has fallen as Ontario reported 16,713 new infections Friday.

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The province recorded another 15 deaths and the number of patients in intensive care crept up by five in one day to 205 individuals, including 104 on ventilators.

Surging numbers of new cases were seen across Ontario with 3,899 in Toronto, 1,639 in Peel Region, 1,431 in Ottawa and 1,391 in York Region

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore told Ontarians they can expect “widespread” community infections over the next six to eight weeks.

The Omicron variant, while highly transmissible, has not tended to produce the same severe outcomes as the Delta variant it is muscling out of the province.

Of the 16,713 new cases Friday, 13,436 were in fully vaccinated individuals generally defined as having two doses of a vaccine, 2,278 in unvaccinated individuals, 647 in partially vaccinated individuals, and 352 in individuals with an unknown vaccination status.

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According to public health data, which does not cover all patients, 536 individuals in hospital are fully vaccinated, 236 are unvaccinated and 42 are partially vaccinated.

However, the trend has been that unvaccinated individuals are more likely to need ICU than fully vaccinated individuals.

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Ontario has fully vaccinated 81% of the eligible population aged five and older and partially vaccinated another 6%.

The unvaccinated represent 13% of the province’s eligible population.

The province has provided a third dose, or booster, to more than 3.57 million people and has now begun a campaign to offer fourth doses to residents of long-term care.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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