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Ottawa Public Health reports 68 COVID-19 cases, far below provincial records

Ottawa Public Health is reporting an increase of 68 new COVID-19 cases in the nation’s capital on Thursday, well below the daily figures given for the city by the province.

The local public health unit says there have now been 10,750 coronavirus cases in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic, with 860 of those cases considered active.

One additional person has died in relation to COVID-19 in Ottawa, raising the city’s coronavirus death toll to 394 as of Thursday.

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 3,519 new cases provincewide on Thursday, setting a new daily record.

But the provincial dashboard reported 164 new cases in Ottawa, a wide margin from the 68 new cases reported locally. Case figures have differed between OPH and the province from day to day, but Thursday’s reports mark an especially large discrepancy.

OPH explained the issue on Twitter shortly after noon.

The tweet said OPH and Ontario use different data systems to track daily changes in the COVID-19 case count. While the OPH system is accurate as of Wednesday at 2 p.m., the local health unit received a “large number of case reports” later in the day that are not reflected in its system, while the provincial report does include those figures.