Ontario COVID news: Hospitalizations at 1,676

Ontario health officials are reporting 1,676 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Saturday along with 13 additional deaths.

Of those patients, 188 are being treated in intensive care.

The majority of people in ICU—about 64 per cent—were admitted for COVID-19 while the remaining 36 per cent tested positive after being admitted for other ailments.

This brings the total number of people in Ontario who have died after contracting COVID-19 to 12,825. Three of the newest deaths were reported in long-term care residents.

With just over 16,800 tests processed in the past 24-hour period, the Ministry of Health says the province’s positivity rate now stands at about 13.8 per cent.

Officials logged an additional 2,749 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, although with testing restrictions that number is considered an underestimation.

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