PROVINCE RELEASES NEW COVID PROJECTIONS

Dec 10, 2020

By Christine Ross

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102 long-term care residents have died from COVID-19 in the last seven days alone and almost 500 since August. New Ontario projections also show the number of infections continue to grow but positivity rates appear to be flattening.

The Co-chair of the Ontario Science Table says the data also finds hospital I-C-U occupancy will continue to rise above 200 beds for the next month, and could go even higher.

“We’re now well past the threshold of 150 cases and particularly in specific hospitals, this is leading to increasing problems about access to care and under a number of scenarios, we may actually get up above another threshold of 300 ICU beds,” said Dr. Adalsteinn Brown.

Hospitalizations up almost 92 percent over the past four weeks and up 166 percent in ICU patients.

The projections show the number of overall deaths will exceed 25 per day within a month..

Under the best case scenario, the province expects 1,900 new daily cases, but could exceed 9,000 in worst case.

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