Ontario’s New COVID-19 Site Tells You Where & When People Got Sick
Different data on provincial COVID-19 cases is now available.
The province is changing how it keeps us informed. There is now a new webpage dedicated to updates about COVID-19 in Ontario and it's made it easier for people in the province to get the information they need. The change hopes to offer more clarity on the situation in Ontario right now.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, what they call a "daily epidemiologic summary" will replace the current twice-daily case status updates.
Those refreshers had been giving Ontarians information about the progress of the virus at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. However, for many of each wave of new cases, no details were available about the age or location of the victim or the manner of transmission.
Now, this new summary will apparently include more provincial and regional data in order to help Ontarians stay in the know and understand what exactly the province is facing.
The new site explains that the data will include trends found in cases since the outbreak began back in January, as well as geography, exposure, and even the severity of the issue.
"We will continue to work with Public Health Ontario, public health units and the health sector to have and report on the best possible data to help us understand the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak in our province and inform our collective response to keep all Ontarians safe and healthy," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
However, some Ontarians, including doctors, have already pointed out that although more information might now be available, the updated numbers on negative test results have been removed along with the number of pending cases.
The daily summary will be posted at 10:30 a.m. and will be based on all information collected up to 4 p.m. the day before.
For March 30, the first day using the new site, the government of Ontario reported 351 new cases in the province.
That is the largest recorded increase overnight so far.
That comes after, on Sunday, Premier Doug Ford officially.
On Monday morning,after residents defied health advice to flock to parks over the warm weekend.