Public Health Ontario logs 16,714 COVID-19 cases, warns data is an underestimate

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Published January 2, 2022 at 11:53 am

TORONTO — Public Health Ontario is reporting 16,714 new COVID-19 cases in the province, but warns the figure is an underestimate of the virus’s actual presence in the community.

The latest figures mark a drop from Saturday’s 18,445 cases, a record for the province.

Public Health Ontario says the number of infected people is likely higher than what it is reporting because recent policy changes have made COVID-19 testing less accessible just as cases linked to the Omicron variant are soaring.

The organization says 16 more people have died as a result of the virus.

It also shared that there are 195 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes, 74 in hospitals and 70 in retirement homes.

The numbers come days after the province changed its guidelines around government-funded COVID-19 testing, limiting eligibility to high-risk groups. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 2, 2022.

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