Doug Ford says the COVID-19 fight depends on good data. A Star analysis found problems with the government's case count - 2020-03-19
The total number of positive COVID-19 test results is unclear due to discrepancies between the public information put out by the provincial health ministry and the numbers posted by individual local health units.
A Star analysis found that in some cases the numbers reported by the province and local health units match, but in others the numbers are off by as many as one, nine — or in Toronto's case, 39 — confirmed cases.
The discrepancies are raising concerns that health practitioners and officials, as well as the public, may not be getting the full picture of how the virus is behaving. Experts say robust and timely data is crucial to planning an effective response to the pandemic.