COVID 19: Ontario reports 21 new deaths, 3,220 in hospital; 419 new cases in Ottawa; Quebec is considering “health costs” for the unvaccinated

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Ontario reported 21 new deaths on Tuesday, while 3,220 people are hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19.

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Of those hospitalized, 46% were admitted for other reasons, but then tested positive for COVID-19, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Tuesday as the province moves on to updating its public reports to distinguish those who have been hospitalized. with COVID-19 and those who were initially hospitalized for another reason.

“While this does not change the dire situation in Ontario hospitals, it is important to share this data to provide additional context on the state of the pandemic,” Elliott tweeted.

The figures will be reported in full with additional context from Wednesday.

On Tuesday, another 477 residents of Ontario were in intensive care, 83% of whom were admitted with COVID-19.

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Of the 477 people in intensive care, there are 234 people on a ventilator, with 225 positive tests.

Ontario also reported that there were 7,951 new confirmed cases on Tuesday.

As of December 31, Ontario has restricted access to PCR tests to high-risk individuals who are symptomatic and / or at risk of serious illness from COVID-19, front-line workers, residents of high-risk settings. high risk and other vulnerable populations. As a result, the actual number of infections is higher than the daily reported new cases.

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