Ontario reports 485 new COVID-19 cases, 36 more deaths, total cases top 10,000
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:30AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:21PM EDT
Ontario health officials reported 485 new COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths, a significant decline from Friday’s tally, with overall cases including recoveries now above 10,000.
Saturday’s numbers are significantly lower than Friday, when officials disclosed 564 new infections and 55 more deaths.
The total count of active cases, recoveries and deaths now stands at 10,010.
Officials say 4,875 people have recovered from the virus, up 319 from Friday’s report.
However, Ontario officials warn Saturday’s data may be “incomplete” as it does not include Toronto Public Health (TPH) data on cases and deaths entered after April 16.
Toronto recently announced it was setting up its own COVID-19 case data management system out of frustration with the provincial system.
Ontario’s Saturday tally appears to be missing 284 of Toronto’s latest confirmed novel coronavirus cases.
Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed the discrepancy on Saturday afternoon.
“There was a situation where the City of Toronto’s data wasn’t able to be fed into the province’s data but we are working on resolving that,” she said. “This data is so important to our response, including what is going on in the city of Toronto.”
Ontario's chief medical officer health Dr. David Williams said Toronto has developed a new data system to track cases, adding that the system the province is currently using, Integrated Public Health Information System (IPHIS), is a bit older.
After TPH first used the new system, they had a "stumble" in exporting their data to IPHIS, Williams said.
"I'm not perplexed by that," Williams said. "I think they'll correct that fairly quickly."
He said the discrepancy would not affect the new projections on Monday.
Provincial labs tested 9,462 specimens in the last 24 hours, with another 6,833 under investigation as of today.
Ontario has completed 146,454 COVID-19 tests since the outbreak reached the province in late January.
There are 828 people in Ontario hospitals being treated for COVID-19, down one from Friday.
Two-hundred and fifty of those people are in intensive care, up five from Friday.
Of those, 197 people are on ventilators, down three from Friday.
All but 31 of the 514 deaths so far attributed to the virus have been in people aged 60 or older.
A scan of local public health unit data showed that as of 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 546 people had died of the virus in the province.