Ontario COVID: highest positivity rate since late January

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Ontario’s COVID-19 test positivity rate jumped to nearly 18 per cent on Monday, according to provincial data.

Health officials said just over 6,200 PCR tests were processed in the past 24 hours, marking the lowest number of tests processed in the lab since last Monday.

This gave a positivity rate of around 17.9%, the health ministry said.

The last time the positivity rate was this high in Ontario was at the end of January.

An additional 1,741 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, however, it is important to note that Ontario continues to implement testing restrictions and therefore this number is an underestimate.

Wastewater data, pprovided by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Table, seems to confirm this slight increase in infection. In almost all areas of the province, the concentration of the disease in sewage has begun to increase.

Four additional deaths were also confirmed on Monday. Three of the deaths occurred in the past month, while the remaining death was added to the cumulative tally following a data cleanup.

Since the start of the pandemic, at least 12,405 people have died after contracting COVID-19.

The number of people hospitalized with the disease rose slightly from the previous day, however, some hospitals are not reporting comprehensive COVID-19 data over the weekend.

According to the province, there are at least 655 people being treated for the new coronavirus in Ontario hospitals, including 124 in intensive care.

No further breakdown of vaccination was provided for hospitalizations.

In total, there have been 1,115,046 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

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