Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says a change in how cases are reported is behind the discrepancy between the new COVID-19 case numbers released by Peel Public Health and the Ontario government.
On July 21, Ontario reported more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since late June on Tuesday morning.
Health Minister Christine Elliott singled out notable increases in case numbers outside the Greater Toronto Area, including 43 new cases in Ottawa and 24 in the Windsor-Essex region.
She said 57 of the new cases were reported in the Region of Peel.
At a press conference, Crombie said that Peel is actually reporting 22 new cases as of July 20, not 57. She said a change in how Peel Public Health is reporting its data is behind the 35-case discrepancy.
Eight of Peel’s 22 new cases were found in Brampton.
In nearby Mississauga, four new cases have been reported. One new case has been reported in Caledon and nine other cases are pending more information.
There was one new death reported Tuesday alongside the 203 newly reported cases, the highest single-day surge in the province since June 29.
New case numbers have climbed over the past several days since nearly falling below 100 last week.
Elliott, who said 57 per cent of Tuesday’s new diagnoses came in people under the age of 39, called the latest figures “concerning” and urged Ontario residents to redouble their personal health precautions.
“Ontarians of all ages need to continue to adhere to public health guidelines,” she wrote in a tweet. “Maintain only one social circle of 10 people, physically distance with anyone outside of it and wear a face covering when doing so.”
The total number of cases in the province now stands at 37,942, which includes 2,753 deaths and 33,605 resolved cases.
There were 92 resolved cases newly reported on Tuesday, meaning new cases have outpaced newly resolved cases for multiple days in a row.
According to Peel Public Health, 224 Mississauga residents have died of the virus. The website says that 90 people have died in Brampton and two people have passed away in Caledon.
A total of 6,724 confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus have been found in the region so far, with Mississauga reporting 2,842 cases, Brampton reporting 3,688 cases and Caledon reporting 179.
The website says 6,025 recoveries have been recorded.
With files from The Canadian Press