Halton Public Health refuses to report number of COVID-19 cases at long-term care centres in Oakville, Burlington, Milton


Published January 27, 2022 at 2:33 pm

The Halton Region Public Health Department, which is already quite selective about the COVID-19 information they share with residents of Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Halton Hills, has added another layer of secrecy to their COVID-19 dashboard.

Prior to yesterday, the region only released COVID-19 outbreak information about certain locations, choosing not to release the names of affected businesses or ‘congregate living’ centres for what they deemed privacy reasons.

Larger public facilities, like long-term care centres, were named. And regardless of whether an institution was named or not, specifics of case counts were always provided.

However, citing data that is “no longer representative”, the public is left to guess not only where outbreaks are occurring, but even how many people are being affected.

No one from the region has responded to a request for the reasoning behind this decision.

The region is now reporting 85 confirmed COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, including 20 in the ICU. Critical care bed occupancy is at 119 per cent while ICU bed occupancy is at 85 per cent.

There are 36 active outbreaks in Halton, although, as reported earlier, there are no specific totals being reported.

Vaccine coverage in the region is steady at 88 per cent of ages 12 and over being fully vaccinated and 90 per cent with at least one dose.

There were 4,828 vaccines administered yesterday in Halton, with 3,965 being third, or booster, doses, 572 second doses and 291 first shots.

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