COVID-19 hospitalization rate rises alongside soaring case numbers

With COVID-19 cases in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region soaring, thanks to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, many residents have been asking about the rate of hospitalizations in the area.

KFL&A Public Health has provided a graph comparing the number of cases with the number of patients hospitalized due to the virus.

As illustrated below, hospitalizations have increased in proportion to the number of cases in the region. Sadly, the death toll has also increased dramatically with the recent rise in cases.

Graph illustrating the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations alongside the rise in overall case numbers courtesy of KFL&A Public Health.

Ten individuals have passed away from the virus in the last month. A total of 16 local cases have resulted in death since the COVID-19 pandemic began over 20 months ago. This means that over 65 per cent of cases that have resulted in deaths locally have occurred in the past month.

At a press conference held on December 13, 2021, Dr. David Pichora, President and CEO, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), stated that hospitalized numbers were fairly steady. “I think we have 22 or 23 total patients in hospital today that have active COVID, but we probably have another 10 or so who have recovered or are cleared from COVID, but still quite ill. Some of those [are] in the ICU, as well, adding to that pressure.”

On that day, two COVID-19 patients were transferred out of the KHSC hospitals to nearby hospitals in Belleville and Brockville, to help alleviate overburdened capacity. Earlier in the month, on Dec. 7, KHSC was preparing to transfer three COVID-19 out of the local Kingston General Hospital site as well.

“We are very, very busy. We’re over our capacity. That’s really the bottom line,” explained Dr. Pichora, at that time. “We’re just full everywhere and in every way.”

Currently, KFL&A Public Health is reporting that there are 27 COVID-19 positive cases in the hospital — the highest the region has seen so far. Fourteen of those cases are in the ICU, and 11 are on ventilators.

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