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Increased data entry to blame for high Toronto case count Thursday

Last Updated Oct 29, 2020 at 6:04 pm EST

An employee prepares a COVID-19 sample for testing at a LifeLabs facility in Toronto on May 5, 2020. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Toronto’s daily COVID-19 case count saw a 40 per cent leap on Thursday, however, the city’s top doctor said the high case count was due to an unusually high amount of data being input.

Staff illnesses and deployment of other staff for training on the new provincial software system for case and contact management is what caused an increase of approximately 100 cases in today’s count, meaning today’s count is consistent with previous days in the low-to-mid 300s.

Dr. De Villa said they expected to have occasional impacts on data as the new system is implemented.

She added a single day figure does not indicate a trend and Toronto Public Health uses a seven-day moving average to understand virus activity.

Toronto saw 447 confirmed cases on Thursday. The highest COVID-19 case count for Toronto remains 374 which was reported on Oct. 26.

Overall there were 934 new cases across Ontario, 100 more than Wednesday.

After Toronto, the most new cases were in Peel (169), York Region (95) and Ottawa (58).

The province says it conducted over 35,600 tests in the previous day — still well short of its goal of 50,000 tests per day.

Ten more people have died, bringing the death toll to 3,118.

The second wave of COVID-19 has seen record-breaking daily case counts. The five highest daily totals so far have all come in October:

  • October 25: 1,042
  • October 24: 978
  • October 9: 939
  • Oct 29: 934
  • October 26: 851


Meanwhile, the Ontario government is released new data modeling which indicates COVID-19 cases continue to grow, but the growth is slowing.

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