Data correction leads to low COVID-19 case count in Ontario

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Hospitalizations have also been impacted by the province's data correction today with 47 previously-reported hospitalizations removed from the list today, and 15 cases removed from the cumulative intensive care hospitalization numbers.

"Please note that Toronto Public Health has now migrated all of their data to the provincial data system, CCM".

The province logged 1,969 new cases on Monday, 1,848 on Sunday, 2,063 on Saturday and 1,837 on Friday.

The Thames Valley District school board reported a case of COVID-19 at Central Public School in Woodstock.

Health officials have called the fast-spreading variant a "significant threat" and noted that it may impact Ontario's lockdown measures. Elementary students in London, Middlesex, Elgin, and Oxford all returned to in-person learning on Monday, their first day back since the winter break. The outbreak at Glendale Crossing was declared over on Monday.

The London Health Sciences Centre has just one ongoing outbreak.

In Elgin and Oxford, there were 13 new COVID-19 infections recorded on Tuesday.

Leveraging Data: DNAstack, a Toronto-based technology company, is now working alongside the provincial government to establish a genomics database and real-time analytics dashboard to better inform public health officials and improve government planning as it relates to the pandemic response. There are eight area long-term care or retirement homes dealing with cases of the virus.

With resolved cases now sitting at 2,109, there are 153 active cases in the two counties.

As of February 1, in publicly funded schools in Ontario, there are five new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,146), one new school-related staff case (for a total of 1,098), and one new case in "individuals not identified" (for a total of 1,115); 20 schools have a reported case, and one school is now closed.

Tuesday's cases are lower than Monday's 1,969 which was also affected by TPH merging their data system with the province.

The dramatic one day case drop is because of Toronto Public Health reporting a negative number of new infections as it continues its migration to the province's data tracking system. All other health units recorded fewer than 50 cases. They did not specify which other regions may also have contributed to Tuesday's underestimation of cases.

Elliott says there are 334 new cases in Peel, 124 in York Region, and 65 in Niagara. Recent Science Table modeling suggests that the United Kingdom variant and other new variants remain a significant threat to controlling the pandemic and could become the dominant strain of the virus in the province by March 2021, posing an increased threat to public health and hospital capacity. Ontario has only had one case to date of the South African variant, known as B.1.351.

The province's total case count since the start of the pandemic now sits at 270,925. The province's death toll is now 6,238.

At this time last week, there were 1,466 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 383 of which were in the ICU and 298 were on a ventilator.

On Tuesday, health officials deemed 2,297 more cases of the disease to be resolved, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 247,236.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 87.7 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, which is a decrease of 20.6 per cent compared to Jan. 17 to Jan. 23 when the average weekly incidence rate was 110.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Enhanced screening and sequencing: The provincial diagnostic lab network is increasing their capacity to screen all positive COVID-19 tests in Ontario for known variants within 48 to 72 hours after initial processing.

As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 344,615 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered throughout Ontario.

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