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Public Health hospitalization data reflects both in-town and out-of-town patients

The health agency receives its hospital data on an aggregate basis from Ontario
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Across Ontario, COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise. Since Ontario Health has told provincial hospitals to be prepared for patient transfers from outside their area, Waterloo Region's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang is clarifying how hospitalization data is reported on Public Health's information dashboard. 

During Friday's COVID-19 community update, Dr. Wang mentioned the hospitalization data Public Health puts on its dashboard is from the Province. 

"(Public Health) receives it on an aggregated form from Ontario, and then we post it publicly, and those reflect the number of cases currently in hospitals that are active cases." 

This means active hospital cases posted on the information dashboard can be from both local and out-of-town patients. "So there's no way to differentiate that because of the aggregate reporting," said Dr. Wang. 

She added the data does not reflect the entire burden the virus has on a hospital because it only includes active cases. "Somebody could no longer be an active case but remains in the hospital because they require prolonged care because of COVID."

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