A record-breaking day for new COVID-19 infections in Ontario.
The province reported 13,807 new cases and eight more deaths on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health said there are 965 people with the virus in provincial hospitals, compared to 726 a day ago, and of those patients, 200 are in intensive care units.
Something of note from Health Minister Christine Elliott who said in a tweet Thursday that data is being updated to distinguish patients in hospitals/ICU for COVD-19 from those admitted for other reasons but test positive.
965 people are hospitalized with #COVID19 and 200 people are in ICU due to COVID-19.— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) December 30, 2021
The 7-day average of COVID-19 related patients in ICU is 179.
Data is being updated to distinguish patients in hospital/ICU for COVID-19 from those admitted for other reasons but test positive.
So far, 90 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine and 88.1 per cent have received two doses.
In Simcoe Muskoka, the health unit reported 637 new cases on Thursday, which is a single-day record.
There are 27 people hospitalized, and of those, 11 are in intensive care.
There are 3,632 active COVID cases in the region.
The health unit says confirmed cases underestimate the true number of people with COVID-19 infection in Simcoe Muskoka. The current demand for lab-based PCR COVID-19 testing has exceeded capacity.
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