Ontario Reports 934 New Cases of COVID-19; Toronto cases hit record high

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Ontario reported 934 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 10 new deaths, but officials say the total was partially inflated by around 100 cases that were added late to the provincial database.

Of the 934 new cases, almost half (420) were reported in Toronto, but on Thursday afternoon the city’s medical officer of health, Dr Eileen de Villa, confirmed that 100 of them should have been included in the counts of the previous days.

She said the confusion is the result of a number of staff illnesses and the deployment of other staff for training on a new provincial software system for case and contact management.

This data entry batch represents around 100 cases, which, if it were not included, would have been consistent with the level of recent case counts, in the low to medium range of 300 ”, she said. stated in a statement. “We anticipate that other occasional impacts to the data will be possible as the new system is implemented.

Over 35,600 tests have been processed in the last 24 hours, compared to 30,000 in the previous period.

The positivity rate fell to at least 2.62%, from at least 2.77% on Wednesday.

Infectious disease expert Dr Isaac Bogoch told CP24 that the province is still failing to test enough people so it can be sure all cases are documented.

“It’s a little hard to know because the number of tests is limited,” he said. “We know we should be doing 50,000 tests a day, but we’re probably doing around 25,000 to 33,000 tests a day, so the truth on the ground is not entirely clear.

The province reported 834 new cases Wednesday, 827 cases Tuesday, 851 cases Monday and 1,046 cases Sunday.

There are now 7,578 active cases of infection in Ontario, up from 6,390 a week ago.

There have been 3,118 centrally confirmed deaths and 63,123 recoveries since January 25.

Of the ten deaths reported Thursday, five were to residents of long-term care homes.

Elsewhere in the GTA, Region of Peel has reported 169 new cases, York Region 95, Halton Region 35, Durham Region 19 and Hamilton 28.

The province says 322 people were in hospital and being treated for symptoms of COVID-19, but a data tally from public health units and local hospitals found 337 people were in hospital, the same number than the one found on Wednesday.

Of those, at least 77 were in intensive care and 52 were breathing using a ventilator.

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