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Ontario's single-day COVID-19 cases top 4,000 amid data backlog

Last Updated Jan 8, 2021 at 11:50 am EST

A COVID-19 pop-up testing centre in North York on Jan. 3, 2021. (CRAIG WADMAN/CITYNEWS)

Ontario is reporting a staggering 4,249 new COVID-19 cases on Friday but provincial health officials say some of the cases are from a data backlog.

Health officials said another 26 people have died.

Most of the new cases are in Toronto (1,382), followed by Peel Region (691), York Region (427), Niagara (213), and Windsor-Essex County (184).

The province said it completed nearly 71,500 tests in the previous day — well above its goal of 50,000 tests a day. The positivity rate for tests was 6.2 per cent.

The Ministry of Health said due to a data upload issue, Toronto Public Health included 450 new cases not previously recorded.

“Due to a data upload delay at Toronto Public Health, approximately 450 additional cases have been included in today’s count. These cases were primarily from January 5th and 6th,” the ministry said in a statement.

There were 26 fewer hospitalizations, down to 1,446 while those in the ICU increased by six to 369 and those on a ventilator increased eight to 250.

Another 2,738 cases are considered resolved. Of the 208,394 COVID-19 cases in the province, 175,309 are considered resolved.

As of Friday, Ontario has administered another 14,932 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total to 87,563 doses. Just over 4,000 people have been fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses of the vaccine.

In a press conference on Friday, Associate Medical Officer of Health Barbara Yaffe said, “Today’s numbers are, to be frank, they are scary.”

“I think we do need to consider more serious measures,” Yaffe added.

Premier Doug Ford said new modelling numbers are expected to be released next week which he said will be “a real wake-up call.”

On Thursday, the province reported new daily record highs for both COVID-19 cases and deaths — 89 more people died as health officials confirmed 3,519 new cases.

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