The Province of Ontario confirms there have been 39 more COVID-19 related deaths, with 421 new cases as of Friday morning.
Thursday showed a 2.9% increase from Wednesday’s lowest reported increase in weeks. Now, Friday shows an additional 2.6% increase, however, there are 620 new resolved cases.
There are 16,608 total cases in the province, with more than half resolved at 10,825.
A total of 1,121 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario with 11,975 cases currently under investigation.
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According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 198 outbreaks with 541 resident deaths — an increase of 11 deaths from Thursday’s report.
However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care daily report, there have been 166 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes. And, they report 861 resident deaths, an increase of 26 deaths from the previous day.
According to Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario relies on local public health units to report on the coronavirus, 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 %.
Of the total cases, 41.6% are male and 57.4% are female, with 44.7% of cases age 60 years and older.
To date, there are 1,017 hospitalized, with 225 in ICU, and 175 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.