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ICES COVID-19 Dashboard


This dashboard provides an overview of the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of individuals tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19 in Ontario.

By linking COVID-19 test results from the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) database to health and other administrative data from the ICES data repository, ICES provides rich information on the demographics and medical histories of individuals who are tested. This information is accessible to health system stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario, clinicians, researchers and the public.

The dashboard is updated on a weekly basis using timely data provided by ICES’ data partners.

For a detailed report of COVID-19 laboratory testing in Ontario in the first three months of the pandemic, see the full report.

As of the June 15 dashboard update, testing episodes from Distributed Labs (DL) data and Public Health Ontario (PHO) Labware data, and individuals confirmed positive from the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), not already in OLIS, were added. In iPHIS, cases were reported to the public health unit as of the end of day, January 9.

OVERVIEW OF COVID-19 PERCENT POSITIVITY IN ONTARIO, For the WEEK OF January 3 - 9, 2021

Two interactive graphs display the percent positivity for COVID-19 among those tested and confirmed positive each week. These graphs provide percent positivity for those not residing in long-term care (NON-LTC), according to age group (graph 1) and by Public Health Unit (PHU) in Ontario (graph 2).

To see interactive graphs, click on the image below.

Click here to view interactive graphs

Last updated: January 14, 2021

OVERVIEW OF WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING IN ONTARIO, FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 3 - 9, 2021

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The percent positivity estimates in the graph above may differ from other publicly reported statistics due to several methodological differences.

  1. Individuals are assigned to an FSA based upon their postal code, and the postal codes used for this assignment may differ.
  2. The method used to assign postal codes to Public Health Unit (PHU) geographies may differ depending on whether the method used population weights and whether a postal code belongs to multiple PHU.
  3. The time period examined may differ. For example, the testing week may run from Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday.
  4. The numbers of tests and positive tests may rely upon different data sources. The numbers presented here use OLIS test results supplemented with positive case data from iPHIS.
  5. The individuals included in the cohort may differ due to different inclusion criteria. For example, here individuals required a valid Ontario Health Card Number.
  6. The unit of analysis may differ (e.g., individuals tested positive / all individuals tested OR positive testing episodes / all testing episodes).

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Click here to download a list of all Forward Sortation Areas (FSAs) and their percent positivity from August 30 to January 9.

*Note, the downloadable list of FSAs suppresses data for FSAs with less than 6 cases of COVID-19.

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Percent positivity for COVID-19 in the 30 Forward Sortation Areas in Ontario with the highest percent positivity

Number and percentage of Forward Sortation Areas in Ontario grouped by percent positivity for COVID-19 within the ranges of Ontario’s Framework for COVID-19 restrictions

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Last updated: January 14, 2021

This dashboard is supported by ICES, which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Parts of this dashboard are based on data and information compiled and provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and IQVIA Solutions Canada Inc. Data sets were linked using unique encoded identifiers and analyzed at ICES. The analyses, conclusions, opinions and statements expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not reflect those of the funding or data sources; no endorsement is intended or should be inferred. We thank IQVIA Solutions Canada Inc for use of their Drug Information Database and this dashboard makes use of the Johns Hopkins ACG® System (Version 10).

This work is supported by the Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ) Portfolio at ICES, which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. For more information on AHRQ and how to submit a request, please visit www.ices.on.ca/DAS/AHRQ.

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