13 million masks delivered to health care workers in Ontario

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TORONTO –
In the past five days, more than 13 million masks have been delivered to healthcare facilities in Ontario.

Speaking with Health Minister Christine Elliott and Finance Minister Rod Phillips at Queen’s Park on Monday, Premier Doug Ford said the province is doing everything it can to ensure that healthcare workers have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to stay safe throughout the pandemic.

Ford said that over the long Easter weekend, 6.5 million surgical and procedural masks had been delivered to more than 650 establishments.

“This is something that I focused on on the laser,” he said.

Ontario also received an additional shipment of PPE from Alberta, including 250,000 N95 masks, 2.5 million surgical masks, 15 million surgical gloves, 87,000 safety glasses and 50 respirators.

“As Canadians, we must support each other,” said Ford before thanking his counterpart, Prime Minister Jason Kenny, for the delivery.

The announcement comes as the number of deaths in Ontario approaches 300, with 421 additional new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Monday.

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