Ontario Premier Doug Ford is laying it all out for Ontarians to see. “People are going to see some really stark figures tomorrow,” said Ford. The province will release Covid-19 modelling Friday that shows the possible death toll Ontarians could witness. “This is extremely serious, it’s a matter of life and death,” said Ford as pleaded with Ontarians to stay home.
Thursday’s news briefing comes as we learned 167 people currently occupy an ICU bed in Ontario. It’s the first time the province included the number of ICU beds being used. A study by Toronto epidemiologists last week suggested Ontario could run out of intensive care beds and ventilators later this month and that’s even if we see a significant drop in the current rate of infection.
Breakdown of cases
- 32.3 % are 60 years of age and older.
- 48.5 % are male
- 53 % of cases are in Greater Toronto Area public health units
- over 10,000 cases in Canada
- 405 infected people have been hospitalized (167 of which are in intensive care)
- 112 patients are on ventilators.
Province announces $12 million for mental health support
Earlier, Ford announced another emergency measure.”You are not alone. We’re listening. We care,” said Ford when he gave details about emergency funding of up to $12 million for more online and virtual mental health supports. The province is also spending $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel.
“Dealing with an evolving crisis like COVID-19 puts a lot of stress on everyone, including people who are self-isolating, families with kids out of school, and the frontline health care workers and first responders who are keeping us safe each and every day,” said Ford. “This very difficult situation will impact different people in different ways, but I can assure everyone we will be there to support you and help you cope in every way we can. Clearly, protecting our health and well-being is everything, and that includes our mental health.”
“It’s never been more important for Ontarians to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As they do, we need to provide them with the supports they need to stay mentally healthy during these challenging times as more Ontarians experience heightened anxiety and depression.”