Availability of adult ICU beds and occupancy for COVID-related critical illness (CRCI)

This dataset compiles daily counts of patients (both COVID-related and non-COVID-related) in adult ICU beds and the number of adult ICU beds that are unoccupied.

Data includes:

  • date
  • number of adults in ICU for COVID-related critical illness (CRCI)**
  • number of adults in ICU for non-CRCI reasons
  • number of adult ICU beds that are unoccupied
  • total number of adults in ICU for any reason

**These results may not match CRCI cases in ICU reported elsewhere (on Ontario.ca) as they are restricted to adults only, and do not include cases in pediatric or neonatal ICU types

  • ICU data includes patients in levels 2 and 3 adult ICU beds. The reported numbers reflect the previous day’s values. Patients are counted at a single point in time (11:59 pm) to ensure that each person is only counted once, and their COVID status is updated at 6 am, prior to posting. This may vary slightly from similar sources who update at different times.
  • COVID-related critical illness (CRCI) includes patients currently testing positive for COVID and patients in ICU due to COVID who are no longer testing positive for COVID.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, the province has invested in “incremental” ICU beds to accommodate potential surges in ICU demand due to COVID. These beds were added at various points in time (i.e., October 2020, February 2021, April 2021) to ensure system preparedness and meet operational needs. Aligned with the decline of Wave 3 and COVID-related pressures and at the direction of Ontario Health, a number of these beds were brought offline in July 2021. These events account for the sudden increases and/or decreases in ICU beds seen in the data. The number of ICU beds continues to fluctuate slightly as beds are brought on and offline to meet localized demands/need.

Update - January 7, 2022:

Due to some methodology changes, historical data were impacted during the following timeframes:

  • May 1, 2020 to October 22, 2020.
  • February 19, 2021 to July 26, 2021.

How the data was impacted

To ensure system preparedness throughout the pandemic, hospitals were asked to identify the number of beds (i.e., non-ICU beds) and related resources that could be made available within 24 hours for use as an ICU bed in case of a surge in COVID patients. These beds were considered expanded ICU capacity and were not used to calculate hospitals’ ICU occupancy. These beds were previously included in this data.

The current numbers include only funded ICU beds based on data from the Critical Care Information System (CCIS).

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2020-05-01 - 2022-01-16

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