Over the past 14 days, 70 women and 55 men aged 80 or older have died from COVID-19 in the province
Eleven nursing home residents were among the 41 additional deaths reported Friday in Ontario.
Over the past 14 days, 70 women and 55 men aged 80 or older have died from COVID-19 in the province, although not all were long-term care (LTC) residents.
And in a continuing trend, there were 58 deaths among men aged 60 to 79 years-old over that same time period, almost double the 29 deaths in women of that age cohort.
There were nine deaths in men and four in women between the ages of 40 to 59.
The number of lives lost during the pandemic now stands at 10,522.
The province is considering breaking down the data to show if an individual died from COVID-19 or another cause while testing positive for the virus.
There were 326 long-term care (LTC) homes in outbreak with 2,146 resident cases and 3,830 staff cases.
Ontario has mandated LTC staff be vaccinated and limited visits to essential caregivers and paused non-essential outings by residents.
While the province reported 10,964 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the testing strategy has changed and public health officials believe the number of active cases is much higher.
The number of COVID-related patients in intensive care was 527, a threshold that at the beginning of the pandemic would have overwhelmed hospital capacity which has since been expanded.
However, the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), joined by a number of groups including unions representing health care workers, said the province’s hospitals, LTC facilities and home care services faced critical staffing shortages.
“Provincial and federal governments must immediately deploy military teams to facilities in crisis, as military capacity permits,” the OHC said in a joint statement. “The Ontario government must set up rapid response teams and immediately create a voluntary health human resource emergency deployment system to sign up health care professionals to help from across the health care system and channel them into hospitals, LTC homes, retirement homes and home care in crisis. Health care providers cannot be left on their own to determine whether they are in crisis.”