Ontario reporting over 100 new coronavirus cases due to missing data

Aug 21 2020, 7:28 am

The Province of Ontario has confirmed 131 new known COVID-19 cases as of Friday morning, a spike in new cases due to data reporting issues.

There are three more reported deaths.

The numbers are an increase from Thursday’s 76, which did not include updated data from 11 public health units.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliot, the 11 missing public health units have now entered their numbers for yesterday, with all 34 units reporting today.

“Because of the data gap yesterday, today’s number is an overestimation of daily counts,” Elliot said.

Yesterday, the province reportedly processed over 28,000 tests.

Hospitalizations continue to remain stable as ICU admissions and vented patients both declined, Elliot added. 

On Thursday, the Health Minister said the glitch is “another reminder” of the importance of replacing the outdated iPHIS with the province’s custom-built COVID-19 system.

Friday’s cases are also an increase from Wednesday’s 102Tuesday’s 125Monday’s 99, and Sunday’s 81.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 41,179 total cases in Ontario, with 37,397 recovered and 2,796 reported deaths.

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