COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ontario now at their highest level since late May, positivity rates also spiking

There are now more people in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19 than at any point since late May as a new wave of the pandemic driven by the BA.5 subvariant continues to worsen.

The latest data released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday afternoon reveals that there are now 985 people hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, up more than 38 per cent from this time last week.

The number of those patients requiring care in the ICU is also up week-over-week but not at nearly the same pace, going from 110 to 118.

A number of other public health indicators similarly point to an uptick in viral activity.

The positivity rate on PCR tests over the last seven days was 14.2 per cent, up from 12.3 per cent at this time last week and 9.8 per cent two weeks ago.

The seven-day average of cases detected through PCR testing, meanwhile, was 1,439 compared to ,1072 at this time last week.

However, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore has warned that the true number of daily infections in Ontario is likely “three to four” times the PCR number due to limited testing eligibility. That would mean that Ontario actually saw between 5,000 and 6,000 new cases per day over the last week.

More to come…