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Ontario reports missed COVID-19 cases, day after reopening plan revealed

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Ontario reported 428 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but Ontario’s Health Minister said some of those were from the previous day, where a “glitch” in the province’s reporting caused some cases to be missed. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott reported a “glitch” in the province’s COVID-19 reporting Friday, which caused some cases to be missed.

This comes a day after the province announced it plan for the first phase of reopening in the coming days.

“We’ve learned of a small glitch with yesterday’s #COVID19 reporting,” Elliott said in a tweet, moments before the province’s new numbers were published. “Because of a one-time data upload issue, yesterday missed 87 cases. While they’re captured in today’s update, the real day-over-day numbers are 345 new cases on May 14 and 341 today.”

The official reporting on the province’s website listed 428 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. Ontario has seen 21,494 instances of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late January, with slightly over 75 per cent now resolved.

There were initially 258 cases reported Thursday, when Premier Doug Ford said his government would be lifting some of its restrictions this weekend, before entering “phase one” of the reopening process on Tuesday. That actual number was 345 new cases.

Testing levels were again above the daily target, with just over 17,000 processed since the last update.

The province also reported 1,825 deaths Friday, but figures CBC News has collected from local public health units show at least 1,884 deaths.

When asked Thursday if the province might change course on reopening if the number of COVID-19 cases spike, Ford said, “We always go by the advice of our chief medical officer.”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams also said Thursday that if the province saw a “large increase” of COVID-19 cases, officials would have to ask “a number of questions” about its plans.

“Where are the cases coming from? How significant is it? Is it contained? … I can’t really say any specific number — any increases of certain mounts will always be of concern for us if we can’t explain how it’s been and why it can’t be contained.”

CBC News

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