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Ontario reports 75 COVID deaths in Thursday update

The Jan. 20 report also includes 12,578 recoveries, 7,757 new COVID cases, and 594 COVID-positive patients in intensive care units

There were 75 new COVID deaths reported in today's Ontario update, all of which occurred within the last month. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the province has reported 10,801 COVID cases ending in death, including 4,148 people who were living in long-term care homes. 

The ministry of health has said it will look into the deaths that are being reported to confirm the primary reason for the death was a COVID infection. 

Of the 2,343 adult ICU beds in Ontario, about 55 per cent are occupied by a non-COVID patient, and 21 per cent remain available for patients.

There are 594 COVID positive patients in Ontario intensive care units, according to the latest provincial update, and about 481 of them were admitted because of COVID. The rest were admitted for other reasons but also test positive for COVID

The latest provincial update states there are 4,061 COVID positive patients in hospital, about 2,189 people are there because of COVID related illness and the remaining 1,943 patients were admitted for a different reason but still test positive for COVID-19. 

On Jan. 20, Public Health Ontario is reporting 7,757 new COVID cases, however, new case counts no longer reflect COVID-19 transmission in the province as testing is reserved nearly exclusively for hospitalized patients, and residents and staff at high-risk congregate settings. 

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 977,194 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 887,023 recoveries and 10,801 deaths.

The Jan. 20 updates provided by the province's public health agency and the ministry of health also reported the following data:


  • 12,578 recoveries and 75 deaths since yesterday's report. The deaths reported have all occurred within the last month.
  • There are 79,370 active, lab-confirmed cases in Ontario
  • The new cases reported today include 1,079 unvaccinated people, 260 partially vaccinated people, and 5,819 fully vaccinated people, 569 cases were reported with vaccination status unknown. 
  • The seven-day average by vaccination status indicated 50 cases per 100,000 unvaccinated people, 37 cases per 100,000 partially vaccinated people, and 58 cases per 100,000 fully vaccinated people. 
  • Lab-confirmed testing is mostly limited to those who live in high-risk congregate care settings or work in them. As such a majority of the people being tested are fully vaccinated as per provincial or workplace mandatory vaccine policies.


  • 4,061 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19. Of those, 55 per cent (about 2,233 people) were admitted to the hospital because of COVID-19 and 45 per cent were admitted for other reasons, but have tested positive for COVID. 
  • Among the hospitalized patients not in the ICU are 740 unvaccinated people, 175 partially vaccinated people, and 2,091 fully vaccinated people. This would include some patients admitted for reasons other than COVID.
  • There are 594 patients in Ontario ICUs with COVID. Of those, 81.1 per cent (about 481 people) were admitted because of COVID-related illness, and 18.9 per cent were admitted for other reasons but test positive for COVID-19. 
  • There are 347 COVID patients on ventilators.
  • Among ICU patients are 208 unvaccinated people, 16 partially vaccinated people, and 263 fully vaccinated people. 


  • The province reported 42,907 tests were processed yesterday, resulting in a 15.9 per cent positivity. Another 30,846 tests are still being processed. 

As of today's report, 11.5 million people in Ontario (78 per cent of the population) are fully vaccinated, and five per cent of the province has one dose of COVID vaccine. There are 5.79 million people in Ontario with three doses of vaccine.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 6,632.2 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

Ontario's average seven-day incidence rate from Jan. 10 to Jan. 16 was 448.7 cases per 100,000 people, which decreased 17.3 per cent over the seven-day period starting on Jan. 4.

For more on the province's breakdown of vaccination status, click here.

Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 13 years of experience as a local journalist
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