Visitor restrictions ease in Ontario long-term care, COVID-19 hospitalizations down to 2,155

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Ontario long-term care residents can start taking social trips and see more caregivers as of Monday while the province reported 2,155 people with COVID-19 in hospitals as numbers continue to trend downward.

The loosened visitor restrictions come after more than a month of strict rules aimed at slowing the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Starting Monday, the number of designated caregivers per resident increases from two to four, though only two can visit at a time.

Residents who have had at least three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are now allowed to resume social day trips.

And as of Feb. 21, general visits from individuals five years and older who’ve had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to resume.

From that day onwards, residents will be allowed to have three visitors at a time, and all residents can go on social day trips regardless of their vaccination status.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said Monday morning that as of Sunday there were 2,155 people with COVID-19 in the province’s hospitals. That’s down from 2,230 the day before and 2,983 at the same time last week, though officials noted that not all hospitals report updated figures over the weekend.

There were 486 patients with COVID-19 who required intensive care, the same as the day before but down from 583 the same time last week.

The province also reported an additional 11 COVID-19 deaths pushing the province’s official toll to 11,836.

Ontario isn’t sharing data on virus cases and outbreaks in schools, but nine schools were reported closed for COVID-19 operational reasons and 389 schools reported student and staff absence rates of 30 per cent or higher.

About 46 per cent of the province’s long-term care homes are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.


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