Ontario reports 608 COVID-19 patients in ICU, more virus deaths

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Ontario is reporting 608 people in intensive care with COVID-19 and 4,016 people hospitalized with the virus.

The intensive care figures are down slightly from the 626 people in ICU reported yesterday, while hospitalizations rose slightly from the 4,008 reported Tuesday.

There were 89 more virus-related deaths reported, which the province says occurred over the past three weeks, and another three deaths recorded that happened more than a month ago.

There were also 5,368 new virus cases reported, but Public Health Ontario has said the real case count is likely higher because of changes to the province's testing policy.

57 per cent of the province's long-term care homes were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Wednesday.

Ontario isn't reporting data on COVID-19 cases in schools, but 195 schools reported more than 30 per cent of students and staff absent on Tuesday and four schools were closed.