The daily pandemic death counts in Ontario include people who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have not necessarily died from the virus.
The exact number of people who fit into this category is unknown by the government and not even being counted.
The Sun was able to confirm this information after speaking with three of the hardest hit public health units in Ontario — Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.
“The mortality data sent to the Ministry and reported in (Ottawa Public Health) dashboard/reports represents the number of Ottawa residents with confirmed COVID-19 who have passed away,” an Ottawa Public Health spokesperson explained via email. “It does not indicate if COVID-19 was the cause of death, and we can’t make that inference.”
According to local health units, this reporting process is required by the province.