Local public health units in Ontario report that 75 people have died from COVID-19.
Data collected by CP24 and CTV News Toronto Thursday morning includes the total number of deaths reported by 34 local public health units in the province.
The number is higher than that released by the Ontario Ministry of Health, which on Thursday morning added 16 deaths to its official count, bringing the total to 53.
Information from 34 public health units across Ontario – the main entities collecting data, isolating patients and monitoring the spread of the virus – indicates that more people have died in Toronto, Haldimand-Norfolk, Durham Region and York region since the data was collected the day before. .
In addition, two additional deaths from an outbreak in a long-term care home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. were confirmed by the establishment to CTV News Thursday morning. The total number of deaths in the facility is now 16 and the resident’s wife has also died.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, explained the gap between deaths as a delay in communication between health units and the province, linked to data entered into the System Integrated Public Health Information (SIISP).
“We are using the data that health units put into the iPHIS database yesterday at 4:00 pm,” said Yaffe. “These are the data that are posted on the website this morning at 10:30 am”.
She added that more resources would be put in place to help health units enter data into the system.
“I realize that they are very busy and that there are a lot of things going on and putting data in a database does not seem to me so important, but it is important so that we can be as up to date as possible and as transparent as possible – that’s what we all want. “
Speaking at 3 p.m. Thursday’s press conference, Yaffe again addressed the gap, saying she knows the province’s numbers are “underrepresentation.”
“As I said yesterday, we continue to work very hard to make sure our systems are as up to date as possible so that we can provide information as current as possible,” she said.
Here is a breakdown of deaths related to COVID-19 in each public health unit as of Thursday morning:
Algoma Public Health – 0
Brant County Health Unit – 0
Chatham-Kent Public Health – 0
Durham Region Health Service – 6
Eastern Ontario Health Unit – 0
Gray Bruce Health Unit – 0
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit – 4
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit – 15
Halton Region Health Department – 1
City of Hamilton Public Health Services – 1
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Services – 1
Huron Perth Public Health – 1
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health – 0
Lambton Public Health – 5
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit – 2
Middlesex-London Health Unit – 3
Niagara Region Public Health – 4
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 0
North West Health Unit – 0
Ottawa Public Health – 3
Peel Public Health – 1
Peterborough Public Health – 0
Porcupine Health Unit – 0
Public Health Sudbury and Districts – 0
Renfrew County and District Health Unit – 1
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – 4
South West Public Health – 2
Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 0
Timiskaming Health Unit – 0
Toronto Public Health – 11 (Revised from 19. Health officials say that some previous deaths have been inappropriately attributed to COVID-19.)
Waterloo Region Public Health – 2
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health – 0
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – 1
York Region Public Health – 6
This story has been modified to reflect revised data from Toronto Public Health. Toronto officials said on April 1 that there have been 19 COVID-19-related deaths so far in the city. On April 2, the Toronto medical officer of health said there were in fact 11 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 to date and that some of the previous deaths had been inappropriately attributed to COVID-19.