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Ontario reports a drop in COVID-19 cases, lower than normal due to a data error

Last Updated Nov 24, 2020 at 12:37 pm EST

Ontario is reporting 1,009 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths.

The significant drop in cases comes with a big caveat. The number is an underestimation of the actual daily cases because of a data error.

Due to technical issues, instead of including cases up until noon Sunday, Monday’s report contained cases reported up until 8:30 that night.

As a result, Monday’s singly-day record of 1,589 was actually an overestimation.

The two day average for the days affected by the glitch is 1,299 cases.

The province reported 1,082 more resolved cases and nearly 27,100 tests completed.

Locally, there are 497 new cases in Toronto, 175 in Peel and 118 in York Region.

Toronto reports a significant increase of more than 150 cases after reporting 336 a day earlier.

All other public health units in the GTA are reporting less cases today from the day prior due to the technical glitch.

There is now a total of 106,510 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 3,519 deaths. 90,074 cases have been resolved.

Among active cases 534 people are currently hospitalized with 159 in the ICU. Among the 159 cases in the ICU, 91 are on a ventilator.

Ontario is reporting a drastic increase of 270 cases in schools. However this number also comes with a large caveat.

Tuesday’s reporting number is a reflection of more than three days of data, and includes any cases identified in schools on Friday from 2 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and Monday until 2p.m.

It also includes catch-up cases from some boards who did not report to the province on Friday.

An outbreak and school closure in Windsor has also contributed to the larger number. Windsor’s Begley Public School has 38 confirmed cases, of which 34 cases are being reported today.

You can find which schools are reporting cases on the province’s website, when it is updated daily at 10:30 a.m.

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