Welcome to

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. 

Weekly Pandemic Update

July 7 to 13

While far from conclusive as yet, the official COVID-related statistics released this past week are suggestive of the rate of new COVID infections having passed its seasonal low and beginning to again rise. It is worth noting that low having been consistently higher than last year’s. 

While the two-week overall Ontario two-week estimate for COVID viral counts in municipal wastewater PCR test results included in our composite chart appears to be sloping very slightly upwards, the actual level is more than double what it was at this time last year. Ontario-wide, the rising slope of human PCR positive test results has risen modestly but continuously over the most recent four-week period, again at twice last year’s level. Kingston’s however, nearly doubled to more than 20% in the most recent week. Ontario COVID-related hospital admissions and ICU occupancy, which tend to be more of a lagging indicator, have thus far remained steady. 

The two-week estimate by the more independent COVID-19 Resources Canada statisticians of the number of Ontarians currently battling COVID bouts and therefore being infectious worsened over the past week from one in every 86 people to one in 76. 

Turning to the latest Public Health Canada data on circulating COVID variants, the JN.1 family of Omicron variants continues to be utterly dominant, accounting for more than 95% of all new Canadian infections. Unlike previous phases of the pandemic when a single strain typically outpaced all of its relatives and competitors, retaining majority status for many months, the JN.1 family spawns new lineages so quickly that none of them ever achieve majority “market share” and tend to be displaced within a matter of weeks by one or more of their cousins/progeny. This past week, KP.2.3 took the lead from KP.3 with only 18% of all new infections.