Ontario’s COVID-19 numbers rise after data gap

The Ontario public health office reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 today, but that number might not be as dire as it sounds


The Ontario public health office reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 on August 21, but that number might not be as dire as it sounds.

“Because of the data gap yesterday, today’s number is an overestimation of daily counts,” health minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet. A glitch had prevented the inclusion of reports from 11 Ontario public health units in the August 19 summary, which reported a dip down to 102.

The 131 cases constitute a rise of 0.3 per cent, for a total of 41,179 confirmed cases. Three deaths were reported today, and 106 cases were listed as resolved.

Medical labs processed 28,073 tests in the past 24 hours, with another 19,941 cases under investigation.

There are 35 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the province, 13 of them in intensive care units. Seven of those are on ventilators.

Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases on August 21:

The following regions reported more than five COVID-19 cases yesterday. (Bear in mind that these numbers may also include cases that weren’t registered in the system on August 19.)

Ottawa = 37

Toronto = 25

Peel = 21

York Region = 7

Niagara = 8

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