The Ontario government has issued another province-wide emergency alert after public health officials confirmed 27 more COVID-19 deaths and 375 new cases of the virus.
“Stop the spread. COVID-19 can be fatal. It’s time to act. Everyone, except essential workers, must stay at home, ”the message said in part.
The first emergency alert issued by the provincial government came on March 27 and informed travelers returning to Ontario that they were required by law to be isolated for 14 days.
“If we have to stay here everyday, if mass messages are needed for everyone in Ontario to save a single life, I’m ready to do it,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. , at a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
There are currently 3,630 confirmed cases in Ontario, including 1,219 patients who have recovered, up 196 from the 1,023 recovered patients reported on Friday.
According to the province, at least 71,338 residents have been tested for the virus to date, while an additional 1,336 are currently under investigation.
A total of 94 Ontario residents have died from COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic in late January.
Of the 3,630 confirmed cases, the province reports that 506 patients have been hospitalized. Of these, 196 patients received treatment in an intensive care unit, of which 152 required a ventilator.
According to provincial data, 1,755 patients are men and 1,857 patients are women.
Of these, 1,319 patients are between 40 and 59 years of age, 1,025 patients are between 20 and 39 years of age, 903 patients are between 60 and 79 years of age, 287 patients are 80 years of age or older and 93 patients are 19 years of age or younger.
News comes one day after President and CEO of Public Health Ontario, Dr. Peter Donnelly, predicted that up to 15,000 people in the province could die from COVID-19 with health measures already in place .
Donnelly also commented on recent discrepancies between the figures reported by Ontario Public Health and the province’s 34 public health units, saying he understood the difference in numbers to be “frustrating”.
On Wednesday, the number of deaths from COVID-19 confirmed by local public health units was almost double that of the province.
However, Donnelly pointed out that the “correct” way to track the spread of the virus over time is to use the province’s integrated public health system (SISPi),
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