COVID-19 Ontario: Province reports drop in new daily infections due to technical issue


TORONTO – Ontario reports a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, but government officials say a technical error resulted in an underestimated tally today and an overestimated tally yesterday. The province issued a statement describing the error, explaining that the record 1,589 new cases reported on Monday was overestimated and that the 1,009 new cases reported today are underestimated.

Due to the technical glitch, Monday’s report included cases recorded until 8 p.m. Nov. 22 instead of 12 p.m. as usual, which led to the two-day error, the province said.

Health officials have not confirmed the number of cases that should not have been included in Monday’s total and added to today’s total. As the average of the new infections reported over the two days, Ontario has recorded 1,299 cases.

The province also reported on Tuesday that 14 more people had died from COVID-19. The day before, the province had reported 19 more deaths.

Seniors continue to be the age group hardest hit by the pandemic. According to the province’s epidemiology report, 10 of the 14 deaths recorded on Tuesday were people living in long-term care homes.

Since the start of the pandemic in January, of the 3,519 people who have died in Ontario from the disease and 2,441 were over 80 years old.

Provincial health officials estimated an additional 1,082 cases were resolved on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recovered patients in Ontario to 90,074.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 106,510, including deaths and recoveries.

There are at least 534 people currently in hospitals across Ontario due to COVID-19 and 159 of those patients are in an intensive care unit. Ninety-one of them breathe using a ventilator.

The province has previously said that once the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU reaches 150, it becomes more difficult to meet non-disease medical needs in hospitals. Additionally, once 350 patients with COVID-19 are in intensive care, it becomes “impossible” to meet other medical needs, the province said.

Where are the cases of COVID-19 in Ontario?

Of the 1,009 cases reported Tuesday, health officials say 497 were in Toronto, 175 in Peel Region and 118 in York Region. Officials say these numbers may be underestimated due to technical error.

The Toronto and Peel region entered the province’s lockdown phase on Monday, which is the latest category in the province’s COVID-19 tiered framework that guides the restrictions.

Most non-essential businesses, including gyms, shopping malls and personal care services, will be required to close their doors in the two COVID-19 hot spots for at least 28 days.

Several other regions of Ontario have reported double-digit COVID-19 case counts.

Waterloo reported 40 new cases, Windsor-Essex reported 31 new cases, Simcoe-Muskoka reported 25 new cases, Ottawa and Niagara Region reported 19 new cases, Durham Region reported 16 new cases, and Hamilton reported 10 new cases.

Most of the new COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday are in people under the age of 80.

There were 354 infections in people aged 20 to 39, at least 307 in people aged 40 to 59, and 130 in people aged 60 to 79. There have been 163 cases in people under the age of 19.

Test the COVID-19 in Ontario

Officials have processed 27,053 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours. The health ministry said the province’s positivity rate now stands at around 5.8% when factoring in duplicate testing and errors.

There are 29,316 COVID-19 tests still under investigation.

In total, Ontario has processed more than 5.9 million tests since the pandemic began in January


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