Ron’s COVID-19 Page
What’s new on this site
See our new Variants page, which is intended as a primer to promote understanding of the dizzying array of new variants which the pandemic is creating at an accelerating rate. The other charts on this site have been significantly pared down to those for which credible and reasonably timely pandemic-related statistics are still available. We have reluctantly dropped all international comparisons because the quality and availability of the data are now simply too poor.
Who We Are
This site shares the results of an ongoing personal project to better understand why the pandemic has developed in such a damaging way in Canada, what other jurisdictions have done to better protect their citizens from those impacts and what we can collectively do to reduce the carnage of the unnecessary third wave which is now upon us. It neither represents nor receives funding from any other person or organization. The sole purpose is to provide the latest and most meaningful data and insights related to the pandemic and its impact on our society in a readily accessible format. You will find many meaningful charts and analyses which provide context for the statistics summarized in the above table by clicking on the Global, Canada, Ontario and Kingston menus. For more details, see the About page.
Week of February 11 to 17
That receding trend is clear in this week’s composite chart, and is best depicted in the Ontario municipal chart where COVID viral counts are now back down to where they were in mid-October. That improvement is reflected to a lesser extent in the reduced positivity for PCR testing among the minority of Ontarians who still qualify. That same decline is likewise manifested in Canadian COVID hospitalization rates, though ICU admissions have thus far failed to drop nearly as sharply.
The most recent estimate by the more independent COVID-19 Resources Canada Hazard Index of the number of Ontarians currently having active COVID infections remains one in 16, though that will hopefully also have declined once updated next week.
Turning to the current mix of COVID variants, the US Centers for Disease Control now estimates that new JN.1 (non-XBB) family of Omicron variant has achieved utterly dominance, accounting for more than 94% of all new infections. Almost by definition, that means that it is far more adept that any of its predecessors at evading the immunity which almost all of us have achieved through some combination of vaccination and prior infection.