As the province reports 7,470 cases of COVID-19 Monday, Premier Doug Ford continues to push for more testing. The Premier expects to be testing 8,000 people a day by Wednesday. “I want to see 8,000, they told me [we can test] 8,000.”
Ford wants to see 8,000 tests a day
Last week, Ontario announced new testing guidelines but fell short of Ford’s previous comments that every frontline healthcare worker would be tested.
That’s now changed according to Ford; “We’re testing all healthcare frontline works, I confirmed that with Ontario Health CEO Matt Anderson. He told me he’s going to be proactive and test everyone, I have to take his word for it. We’ll see it in the numbers.”
Health officials added 421 new cases to Ontario’s tally Monday, 263 of which are in an intensive care unit. There were 17 more deaths, bringing the total to 291, while resolved cases jumped from 3,121 to 3,357 in Ontario. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has posted the details of ten more cases of COVID-19, raising the region’s case count to 151.
Long-term care home cases account for close to half of all Covid-19-related deaths in Canada
Ford opened Monday’s media briefing by saying it’s everyone’s duty to take care of the vulnerable from this “ruthless” virus. There have been 89 COVID-19 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes. Of those outbreaks in Ontario, 741 residents and 430 staff members were infected with the virus. Close to half of all Covid-19-related deaths in Canada have been residents of long-term care homes, said Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam at an earlier news briefing.
While there was a small dip in cases over weekend, with a slight uptick on Monday, the positive news was the announcement that life-saving equipment is flowing into the province and getting to where it needs to go.
Over the past five days the province received 13 million surgical masks, including 200,000 N95’s. “We delivered 6.5 million surgical masks this weekend to health organizations,” said Ford.
Ford also thanked Alberta for contributing 250,000 N95 masks, 2.5 million surgical masks, 15 million gloves, 87,000 goggles and 50 ventilators to Ontario.
Province delivers PPE to 650 health organizations
The province has now shipped personal protective equipment to 650 originations. Health Minister Christine Elliott says they are now setup for same day delivery of that equipment.
Emergency orders to be extended
The Ontario legislature will resume for a single day tomorrow (Tue) allowing the Premier to extend the state of emergency order for another 28 days.
Premier Ford says the province still isn’t ready to say if schools will stay closed beyond May 4th and he wants to be cautious and responsible about loosening the physical distancing rules, fearing that would create an environment for a second COVID-19 wave.