86 new coronavirus deaths as Ontario surpasses over 1000 fatalities

Apr 30 2020, 2:49 pm

The Government of Ontario confirms there are 86 more COVID-19 related deaths, marking the largest single-day increase to date, with 459 new cases as of Thursday morning.

Wednesday’s 347 cases was the lowest reported increase in weeks, but the new cases on Thursday show a 2.9% increase.

There are 16,187 total cases in the province, with more than half resolved at 10,205.

A total of 1,082 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario with 11,859 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 190 outbreaks with 530 resident deaths — an increase of 9 deaths from Wednesday’s report.

However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care daily report, there have been 163 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes. And, they report 835 resident deaths, an increase of 60 deaths from the previous day.

Government of Ontario

According to Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario relies on local public health units to report on COVID-19, both in the community and in long-term care homes, through iPHIS.

At the same time, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has started collecting information about coronavirus-19 in long-term care homes through its network of inspectors.

“We have been clear that we are aware there is an inevitable lag in the data provided by iPHIS. We have also been clear that we want to ensure we continue to do everything we can to provide the public and media with the most relevant and timely information as possible,” Hayley Chazan, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, told Daily Hive.

And, the Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 59.5%.

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Of the total cases, 41.7% are male and 57.3% are female, with 44.8% of cases aged 60 years and older.

To date, there are 999 hospitalized, with 233 in ICU, and 181 patients are on ventilators.

The daily summary is based on data reported by the 34 public health units across Ontario and recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), according to the Ontario government.

iPHIS is the Ministry of Health’s disease reporting system where data is regularly updated, and where each daily summary is pulled at 4 pm the previous day.

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