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Ontario reports 1,009 new COVID cases today, notes glitches in data collection

The province has also confirmed 14 deaths in its most recent update
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Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,009 new cases of COVID-19 today.

However, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott, reporting glitches have caused overestimations in yesterday's case counts and underestimating in today's case counts. 

Public Health Ontario reported yesterday's update included cases reported up to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, but the data included in the province's daily updates only usually include cases reported up to noon the day before. As a result, some of the cases from yesterday's report would normally have been included in today's update. 

The province has reported 14 deaths in today's update, including one person between the ages of 40 and 59 years old, three people between the ages of 60 and 79 years old, and nine people over the age of 80. 

Since yesterday, 27 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and four people have been admitted to intensive care units. 

Among the 1,009 new cases reported today are 497 cases from Toronto, 175 from Peel, and 118 from York Region. 

The province reported 270 new school-related cases, including 223 student cases and 47 staff cases. There have been 1,281 school-related cases reported in the last 14 days and 4,179 school cases reported to date. There are four schools in Ontario closed because of COVID cases and there are 703 schools in the province with one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

There are currently 12,917 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is down from the record 13,004 active cases reported yesterday. There are 534 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, which is up from 507 people yesterday. There are 159 COVID patients in intensive care units and 91 COVID patients on ventilators, according to today's provincial update. 

Since yesterday's report, provincial public health labs have processed 27,053 COVID-19 tests, producing a 5.8 per cent positivity rate. 

The province has confirmed 106,510 COVID-19 cases to date, and reported 90,074 recoveries and 3,519 deaths. Cases are considered recovered in the provincial reporting once the individual has passed 14 days since the onset of symptoms and is not hospitalized.

The cumulative incidence rate for Ontario is 716.5 cases per 100,000 people. The weekly incidence rate (Nov. 14-20) is 64.9 cases per 100,000.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 1,912 cases of COVID-19, with 1,821 of those in Simcoe County. There are 1,612 cases listed as recovered in the region. Sixteen people are currently hospitalized, all are Simcoe County residents. The health unit has confirmed 52 deaths since March.

The incidence rate for Simcoe County is 345 cases per 100,000 people.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit enters the province's orange restrictions tomorrow. 

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Nov. 23.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie  562 480 15 10 Nov. 23 376
Bradford W-G  338 281 12 1 Nov. 23 787
New Tecumseth  323 267 12 1 Nov. 23 779
Innisfil 173 152 1 2 Nov. 23 425
Orillia 34 27 3   Nov. 23 102
Collingwood 23 20     Nov. 23 96
Wasaga Beach 35 31 1   Nov. 23 152
Clearview 34 29 1   Nov. 23 230
Springwater 34 21 1   Nov. 23 162
Midland 16 15     Nov. 19 89
Oro-Medonte 23 20 2   Nov. 12 99
Adjala-Tosorontio 36 29     Nov. 23 309
Essa 96 76 1 2 Nov. 23 401
Ramara 18 15     Nov. 18 173
Tiny 18 16     Nov. 23 137
Tay 26 24 1   Nov. 23 235
Penetanguishene 19 17 1   Nov. 19 196
Severn 13 12     Nov. 20 87
Georgian Bay 8 8     Oct. 22 not released

 *Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital


Erika Engel

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