COVID-19 - Case Reporting

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

We understand the community’s concern with COVID-19 and its impact on the Niagara region. Beginning Monday, March 30, we will publicly report on the patient activity and testing taking place at Niagara Health related to COVID-19.

This data will be updated daily at 4 p.m. We ask for your understanding with the reporting of patients who pass away. These updates will be made as soon as possible noting our priority is to first notify family and loved ones.

Niagara Health reminds the community of the seriousness of this pandemic and encourages everyone to follow the directions of regional, provincial and federal healthcare experts. You can help limit the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Wearing a mask.
  • Practising physical distancing.
  • Cleaning your hands often.
  • Staying home if you're sick.
  • Getting tested when appropriate.

An explanation of our data - April 1, 2020

The Niagara Health data reflects hospital activity as of 9:45 a.m. each day.

The confirmed positive cases comprise tests Niagara Health has performed on our inpatients, and on patients we see in our Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centres, and at our COVID-19 assessment centres. The assessment centre tests patients who are seen by referral only through Niagara Region Public Health.

As of today at 9:45 a.m., we have 75 confirmed positive cases. Of those, 15 are currently inpatients in the hospitals.

The discrepancy in numbers between Niagara Health and Niagara Region Public Health is likely to continue due to several factors. We regret any confusion this may cause.

Niagara Region Public Health reports only results pertaining to Niagara residents, while Niagara Health reports all activity regardless of the patient’s residency.

There have been four deaths of patients (three Niagara residents and one resident from the Dunnville area) who were in our care and being treating for COVID-19.

Two of the confirmed positive cases reported in today’s Niagara Health data are residents from outside Niagara. All other confirmed positive cases are Niagara residents.

Following a review of our data, we identified the over-reporting of 16 confirmed positive cases and these have been removed from today’s count. However, we still have 14 more confirmed positive cases today than being reported by Public Health.

The discrepancy is due to several factors, including the fact that Niagara Region Public Health receives test results of Niagara residents who are tested outside of our region. Niagara Health does not receive these test results and therefore does not include them in our count.

In addition, the timing of the collection of test results from Public Health Ontario varies for each organization and is a significant contributing factor. Each organization receives and inputs test results separately and at different times, and the data changes rapidly. While our reports are generated at approximately the same time each day, the data in the reports is based on what has been inputted by each organization at that point in time.    

We understand and respect the media and community’s interest in information related to COVID-19 activity in Niagara. Our goal of this daily reporting is part of our commitment to be transparent, acknowledging the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Niagara Health: as of November 28, 9:45 a.m. 1

Status of COVID-19 Activity at Niagara Health Number
Total patients tested 74,268
Total cases tested positive 2 1,492
Total number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to date 166
Current number of admitted patients being treated for COVID-19 10
Deaths 3 44

1. Results may differ from Niagara Region Public Health or the Ontario Ministry of Health due to timing of collection of the data.
2. Confirmed cases only.
3. Niagara Health continues to report the deaths of patients who tested positive for COVID-19, however this does not mean COVID-19 was the cause of death.

Hospital Capacity

Niagara Region Public Health publishes data on its website related to Niagara Health’s capacity.

You can find the latest data from Niagara Health, which is updated daily, and includes bed capacity, ICU capacity and ventilator use. Please note that this data also reflects activity at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

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Ontario Ministry of Health: numbers updated on November 28, 10:30 a.m.

Status of cases in Ontario Number
Total tests completed 6,068,469
Total number of cases 113,038
Resolved 95,876
Deaths 3,624

 

Please see the MOH website for additional information.

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