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Ontario reports highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases so far with 462 more confirmed

The premier is due to report the province's modelling data for the virus at noon today

Ontario’s COVID-19 daily cases have once again topped previous daily records with another 462 reported today.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases for the province is now 3,255. Previously, the highest daily total of cases reported was 426 on April 1.

Since Friday, March 27, there have been 2,262 more COVID-19 cases reported in the province.

There are now 1,023 cases resolved and 67 reported deaths in Ontario. There have been 66,753 people tested in Ontario and there are 1,245 tests still in progress.

According to the Ontario stats on the virus, there are 462 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 194 of those are in an intensive care unit. There are 140 COVID-19 patients currently on a ventilator in an Ontario health care facility.

The numbers reported by Ontario Health today reflect data collected up to 4 p.m. yesterday.

As of yesterday at 1:30 p.m. there were 71 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Simcoe Muskoka Region.

Around noon today, Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to deliver the province’s modelling data to let Ontarians in on the best and worst-case scenarios predicted for the COVID-19 pandemic in the province.

Three weeks ago, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu estimated that 30 to 70 per cent of Canadians could become infected, which is somewhere between 11 and 26 million people.

She said the number of deaths as a result of the virus would depend on how many get sick all at the same time and to what degree those patients overwhelm Canada’s health system.

According to the region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit applied a University of Toronto-built modelling system to the region, and it predicted the infection rate for Simcoe Muskoka could reach 50 per cent of residents.

“We need to act now with our public health measures, and do what we can do blunt transmissions so we don’t get this big surge,” said Gardner.

He said a large surge in patients who are ill and have complications will be difficult for local hospitals and healthcare providers to handle.

“Our case survival rates will be much better if we can avoid a big surge,” he said. “It’s important people everywhere in the province assume it’s coming."

Erika Engel

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