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Province's new dedicated COVID-19 website provides more detailed information

'Ontario has been diligently monitoring and taking decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Ontarians informed,' says minister of health
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The province has launched a new dedicated website with expanded information of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Ontario. (File)

The province has launched a new dedicated website with expanded information of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Ontario.

As the outbreak evolves, Ontario said it is changing how COVID-19 cases are being reported to provide a more relevant summary of data from Public Health Ontario that offers expanded information every day at 10:30 a.m.

This website replaces the general information on the status of COVID-19 cases that was previously provided twice daily on the web page.

The new summary provides more provincial and regional data on confirmed cases from 34 health units in the province, including trends of cases since the outbreak began, geography, exposure and severity.
 

For example, the number of confirmed cases is almost evenly split between men (50.1%) and women (49.1%).  The average age of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 is 50 years old, and the Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 61.4 per cent of cases.

Of all cases, 26.3 per cent had travelled in the 14 days prior to becoming ill, 9.6 per cent had close contact with a confirmed case, 16.2 per cent had neither and 47.9 per cent have exposure information pending. 

"Ontario has been diligently monitoring and taking decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Ontarians informed," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

"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."

In addition to the daily update to the website, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, will continue to hold regularly scheduled daily media briefings via teleconference, to provide an update on the province's ongoing response to COVID-19.




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