Cases to rise heading into September as efficacy of vaccines expected to mean fewer hospitalizations

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The Ontario Ministry of Health is currently updating its website to focus on the key indicators that will be closely monitored as we head into the fall says Alexandra Hilkene, spokesperson for the Minister of Health.

As Dr. Moore made clear in his recent op-ed in the Toronto Star, we can expect cases to begin to rise as we approach September. However, thanks to the protection offered by vaccines, growing case counts will not have the same meaning as they did earlier in the pandemic. Hospitalization and ICU admissions will be the key indicators that show us the effectiveness of our response against COVID-19.

As such, the updates to the Ministry’s website will include additional vaccination data, as well as re-arrange how the data is presented online to prioritize vaccinations and hospitalizations.

“Of note, while breakthrough cases will still occur in individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, getting vaccinated provides strong protection against COVID-19. As such, we felt it was important to include data linking vaccination status with COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions, as well as case counts.”

Categories will include:

  • Individuals in hospital due to COVID-19 (excluding ICU) broken down by unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals
  • Individuals in ICU due to COVID-19 broken down by unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals
  • All COVID-19 cases broken down by unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals

 

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