ONTARIO, Canada —The sixth wave of COVID is starting to subside.
Image: Data from the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.
Hospitals currently have 1,451 patients with the virus, a decline from 1,676 a week before. There are 175 people in ICU due to COVID-19. A reduction from the previous weeks. Opening 26 percent of the province’s 2,343 adult ICU beds available for new patients.
Image: Screenshot of Data from www.thestar.com
Sadly, as the Ontario COVID-19 case appears to be going down, on Thursday, United States President Joe Biden, at the global summit on fighting COVID-19, spoke on the tragic news. One million Americans died from the virus.
“Today, we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States: one million COVID deaths, one million empty chairs around the family dinner table — each irreplaceable. Irreplaceable losses, each leaving behind a family, a community forever changed because of this pandemic,”
This situation illustrates the renewed need for the commitment to attacking COVID-19.
Although the numbers are declining, Ontarians should keep up with the public measures that help reduce transmissions.
Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, argues that vaccination is the key to stopping the spread. He urges Ontarians to get booster shots. Because immunity wanes four to six months after the last dose.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary, 90 percent of Ontarians five years or older have received one dose, 86 percent have received two doses, and 52 percent have received three doses.
A reduction in the number of deaths, hospitalization, and positive COVID cases does not mean that COVID-19 does not exist. As Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, wrote on Twitter, “personal precautions remain important.”
Screenshot of tweet from Dr. Theresa Tam @CPHO_Canada