ICU numbers remain stable as Ontario’s COVID-19 case count dips Sunday from record-breaking Christmas Day

Seven-day rolling average approaches 7,000

There has been a drop in new COVID-19 cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted that there are 9,826 new infections across Ontario on Sunday.

Late on Christmas Day night, Public Health Ontario (PHO) reported a record 10, 412 new cases.

PHO also reported seven additional deaths on Sunday.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,746 compared to 2,542 a week ago.

Due to the holidays, all portals dedicated to breaking down cases by vaccination status are not publishing data until Dec. 29.

Elliott reported that 373 people are hospitalized with COVID compared to 510 patients on Christmas Day, and of those in hospital on Sunday, 168 are in intensive care, compared to 167 on Sunday.

She noted that not all hospitals report on holidays or weekends.

However, the ICU rate has remained stable the past week despite a significant rise in new COVID-19 cases.

Elliott also reported that a total of more than 106,000 vaccine doses were administered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. She tweeted that 90.7 per cent of Ontarians, 12 years old and up, have one dose while 88.0 per cent have two doses.

 PHO warned on Saturday that all data during this period must incorporate the fact that there are not enough PCR tests to accommodate the number of people seeking them, even if those without symptoms are excluded.

“Due to changes in the availability of testing, driven by increasing COVID-19 cases related to the Omicron variant, case counts in this report are an underestimate of the true number of individuals with COVID-19 in Ontario. As such, data should be interpreted with caution.”