COVID-19: Health Professionals detail COVID-19 projections in Ontario

Henrietta Brewer
April 4, 2020

Ontario's testing backlog is down by about 800 to 1,245 people awaiting results, roughly one-tenth its peak of a week ago.

This comes as 462 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed across Ontario, Friday.

"It will help reduce the burden on our public health units and frontline health workers, allowing them to focus their efforts where they are needed most during this challenging time", Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

This as some of Ontario's top officials released modelling Friday showing that Ontario would have been looking at a death toll of 100,000 over the course of COVID-19 if no emergency social distancing measures had been taken.

Health units have been under strain for weeks as they try to conduct detailed investigations to document all of the people each confirmed COVID-19 patient came into contact with over the days where they were likely infectious. "Where we end up depends on all of us". "I appreciate, to many people, these are shocking figures", said Dr Peter Donnelly, head of public health in Ontario during a technical briefing before Ford's remarks.

On the upside, the number of people that have recovered jumped more than 30 per cent to 1,023 from 831 on Thursday. Those included reducing the list of essential businesses that are now allowed to operate and providing more protection for seniors and tightening guidance on physical distancing. Given the potential loss of life to the city, municipal staff have grown increasingly frustrated as residents flout calls to stay home and maintain physical distance in public.

The steps that call for First Nations to narrow their entry points come with a tighter list of businesses that may continue to do business during the pandemic that has already claimed the lives of almost 200 people across the country including 67 in Ontario alone.

Quebec, which has 6,101 recorded cases - the most in the country - pledged to release its models on Tuesday.

A total of 67 people have died from coronavirus, with 14 newly reported deaths since the last update on Thursday.

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