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Ontario reports 2,983 people in hospital with COVID 19, 583 people in ICU


TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 2,983 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 583 people in ICU.

That’s down from 3,019 hospitalizations and 587 in intensive care the previous day, and Health Minister Christine Elliott notes that not all hospitals report data from the weekends.

The province is reporting 31 more COVID-19 deaths today.

More than 56 per cent of long-term care homes in the province have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Eight schools are listed as being closed due to COVID-19 operational reasons, and 165 schools are reporting staff and student absence rates of 30 per cent or more.

Ontario is reporting 3,043 new cases of COVID-19 today, but Public Health Ontario has said the real case count is likely higher because of the province’s limited testing policy.

Ontario’s restaurants, gyms and theatres are welcoming patrons back today for the first time in nearly a month.

It’s the first step in the province’s plan to gradually ease public health restrictions meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurant dining rooms, gyms and cinemas will reopen at half capacity today after being shuttered on Jan. 5 due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Larger venues will also reopen with capacity limited to 50 per cent or 500 people — whichever is fewer.

Limits on indoor gatherings will increase from five people to 10, while the cap on outdoor gatherings will go from 10 to 25.

The province plans to ease COVID-19 measures further on Feb. 21.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 31, 2022.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2022


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