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Regional hospital's COVID-19 admissions continue to climb

The number of patients with COVID-19 has almost doubled in less than a week.
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THUNDER BAY — There are now 27 patients in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre who have tested positive for COVID-19.

TBRHSC reported Tuesday that three of the those patients are in the Intensive Care Unit.

On Monday the hospital had only 19 patients with COVID-19.

The figure has been rising since last Wednesday when there were 15 patients with the virus at the time the hospital announced the reopening of a dedicated COVID unit.

A spokesperson said that of the 27 patients currently admitted with COVID-19, there are 18 in the COVID unit.

Six others are in other units best suited for their specific care needs, such as Adult Mental Health, while the remaining three are in the ICU.

As of Tuesday the hospital's bed occupancy rate was about 102 per cent, while the ICU occupancy rate was approximately 82 per cent.

Since Jan. 1, the Thunder Bay district has recorded 973 new positive cases of COVID-19.

In all of 2021, there were only 585 cases in the district.

To date, the district has seen a total of 5,237 confirmed cases.

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