Ontario will release a provincial estimate of deaths from COVID-19 at 12:00 p.m.

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TORONTO –
Ontario public health officials are expected to release data today showing how many people could die from COVID-19 in various scenarios.

Premier Doug Ford says the projections may be difficult to hear and should serve as a wake-up call for some people.

But he says the public has the right to the same information as it does when making health-related decisions.

Medical experts will provide a briefing that includes the new screenings.

The province issued a new emergency order this morning to provide more flexibility to public health units by hiring retired nurses, medical students and volunteers.

The order comes after Ontario’s top medical official recommended more aggressive contact tracing to track the spread of the coronavirus in the community.

Deputy Prime Minister Christine Elliott also announced that people can now access their COVID-19 test results through an online portal.

Provincewide, there were nearly 2,800 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 53 deaths and 831 resolved cases.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 3, 2020.

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