COVID-19: Daily Hamilton public health data on a 48-hour time delay

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Published September 4, 2020 at 6:23 pm

The City of Hamilton says a transition to a provincially mandated case-management system has resulted in some local COVID-19-related data being reported a couple days later than usual.

The City of Hamilton says a transition to a provincially mandated case-management system has resulted in some local COVID-19-related data being reported a couple days later than usual.

On August 20, City of Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS)made to the new Ministry of Health mandated Case and Contact Management (CCM) system for tracking COVID-19.

In the ensuing days, it became apparent that there were some discrepancies in some of the data appearing on the City of Hamilton’s website.

A press release issued Thursday night (Sept. 3), noted that there have been some issues with the new system and PHS had to continue to rely on manual methods for some data management.

“As a result, Public Health Services will be implementing some changes to the publishing of data, effective immediately, to help ensure consistency and allow for the longer time periods required for manual review of data,” the press release says.

“The most significant change will result in a 48-hour delay in reporting daily case counts, deaths, exposure acquisition, sex, age, and severity.”

It should be noted that this will not result in individual test results being delayed. This only affects the city’s reporting of numbers.

The release provides the example that if public health is notified of a positive case on Monday, the result won’t be reflected in the published data until Wednesday.

“These process changes will help us to ensure the public has access to the most up to date and complete information possible, which is a critical element in our successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” the release says.

Currently, the City’s website latest COVID-19 is as current as of Wednesday (Sept. 2) at 9 a.m.

Those numbers show that as of Wednesday, there have been 1,003 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Hamilton.

The city’s death toll remains 45 and so far 87 per cent (876) of local cases have been resolved.

InTheHammer reached out to the city to find out when data will be updated but had not heard back as of publication.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 148 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, with the province’s health minister saying nearly half of them are concentrated in one area just west of Toronto.

Christine Elliott says in a tweet that 72 of the new diagnoses are in Peel Region, long one of the provincial hotspots for the novel coronavirus.

Elliott says Toronto itself accounted for 41 of the new cases, with 13 found in Ottawa.

The province did not report any new COVID-related deaths Friday.

Elliott says the rest of the province’s public health units reported five or fewer cases, with 12 recording none at all.

The province completed more than 28,500 tests in the past 24 hours.

— with a file and photo from the Canadian Press

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