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Ontario reports 59 more deaths from COVID-19 as hospital, ICU admissions drop

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 2,493 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 501 people in intensive care.

That's down from 2,634 people in hospital due to the virus and 517 in ICU a day earlier.

The province is also reporting 59 more virus-related deaths, up one from Friday.

There were 3,204 new COVID-19 cases reported, but Public Health Ontario has said the true number is likely higher because of changes to the province's testing policy that limit access for many residents.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 80 per cent of ICU admissions were due to COVID-19, while another 20 per cent involved patients who were admitted for other reasons and later tested positive.

She says 89.4 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while about 84 per cent of Ontarians over four have had two shots and 46 per cent have got booster doses.

Ontario isn't sharing data on virus cases and outbreaks in schools, but 13 schools were reported closed for operational reasons as of Friday.

Half of the province's 627 long-term care homes were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Saturday and 14 resident deaths were reported as the province prepares to ease visitor restrictions starting Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 5, 2022.

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