COVID-19: Here's the situation in the Sault today

COVID-19: Here's the situation in the Sault today

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says more businesses will be closing in the province in the wake of grim projections about the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, six per cent of the confirmed cases were from community spread, while 60 per cent of the cases were still pending.

The province is also reporting that 405 people are hospitalized with the illness, including 167 in intensive care.

Staying the course is projected to reduce the death toll by April 30 to 1,600, and keep it as low as 200 with even tighter restrictions than are now in place. Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, said the modelling will give people an idea of what to prepare for, of worst-case scenarios and how to shift the forecasts.

The full course of the pandemic could last anywhere from 18 months and two years based on the projections.

There have been 37 deaths from COVID-19 in the province including one in Hamilton and one in Halton.

A new month, a new unwanted milestone for COVID-19 in Ontario.

"We know that this is a very hard situation for Canadians, there are some very challenging projections out there that will emphasize how it important it is for all of us to do our part, to stay home", Mr. Trudeau said.

He reiterated that Ontarians "can change the outcome by staying at home and physical distancing".

That brings the total number of residents killed at the Pinecrest facility to 16. That includes one death here in Greater Sudbury reported Thursday night.

The province has tested more than 57 thousand people by late Tuesday.

Dr. Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario said that if Ontario had no measures put in place over the entirety of the pandemic, there would be 100,000 deaths. Deaths climbed by 14 for a total of 67 province-wide. We're expanding online and virtual mental health supports to support those finding the COVID-19 crisis challenging.

The number of resolved cases is 1,023. Nationally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he isn't able to share a national picture yet, but will be able to soon.

Additionally, the province says it has been working closely with businesses and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association to ramp up production of ventilators needed in Ontario and other parts of Canada. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19.

There are three lab confirmed deaths of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including two residents of the Promenade retirement residence in Orleans.

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