Confirmed cases, hospitalizations and the number of intensive care units are down this week compared to last

There are currently 1,345 COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Ontario, including 165 COVID patients in intensive care units.

The province update included 11 more deaths, all of which occurred within the last 30 days. As of April 13, 375 people have died from COVID in Ontario, with between four and 21 deaths per day.

According to the province’s daily reporting, COVID-19 has been the cause or a factor in the deaths of 13,083 people in Ontario since March 2020.

The daily update included 1,028 lab-confirmed COVID cases. Case counts are believed to be underestimated due to limited PCR testing and only PCR results are included in daily case counts.

Since the pandemic began, Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,288,557 cases of COVID-19 and reported 1,257,204 cured or resolved cases.

The May 17 updates provided by the provincial health agency and the Ministry of Health also included the following data:


  • Of the 1,345 people hospitalized with COVID, 39 percent were admitted for COVID-19 and 61 percent for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Hospitalized patients not in intensive care include 173 unvaccinated people, 52 people with one dose of COVID vaccine and 839 people with two or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 165 patients are in intensive care units with COVID-related illnesses, including 77 patients on ventilators.
  • Among the patients in the ICU are 25 unvaccinated patients, 12 people with one dose of a COVID vaccine, and 67 people with two or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.


  • About 86 percent of the Ontario population over the age of four has two or more doses of COVID vaccine (about 12.1 million people).
  • More than 7.3 million people in Ontario have received three doses of a COVID vaccine.
  • 10 percent of the eligible population (5 years and older) are unvaccinated


  • Laboratories in Ontario processed 12,233 tests, resulting in a positivity of 10.3 percent.

Simcoe Muskoka

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported zero deaths, two new hospital admissions and 165 new COVID cases in its latest report released on May 16.

There are currently 34 people from the area hospitalized for COVID-19, including three in intensive care. This number does not include people hospitalized for other reasons who also tested positive for COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, the local health unit has confirmed 44,979 cases of COVID-19, with 43,625 of those cases recovering and 482 cases resulting in death.

The next update from the health department will be released on May 18th.

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