Trudeau, Ford announce partnership with 3M as Ontario registers 131 more COVID-19 cases

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Premier Doug Ford urged Ontarians not to let their guard down for a second amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced 3M Canada would produce personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, at an expanded facility in Brockville.Ford called the announcement, first reported on Thursday by CBC News, one of the proudest moments of his time as prime minister.

Earlier in the pandemic, the province had to scramble to acquire more PPE with just a week of supplies.

Ford said today’s announcement will prevent this from happening again.

“In April, I made a promise… That we would never, ever be left to the mercy of other countries for this critical PPE again,” said Ford.

The plant is expected to deliver 25 million masks to the federal government and 25 million more to Ontario. Production is expected to start early next year.

131 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

Ontario recorded a total of 131 COVID-19 cases on Friday, which includes the missing numbers from the previous day’s data problem.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the actual number of confirmed cases on Thursday was likely higher than the 76 reported.

The missing data, from 11 public health units across the province, has now been added to Friday’s tally.

“Due to the lack of data yesterday, today’s number is an overestimate of daily numbers,” Elliott tweeted.

Units whose COVID-19 data was not captured on Thursday included:

  • Algoma
  • Brant County
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Hamilton
  • Niagara
  • Peterborough
  • Simcoe Muskoka
  • South West
  • Sudbury
  • Timiskaming
  • Windsor-Essex

The province has now registered a total of 41,179 confirmed cases of the virus since the outbreak began in late January.

More than 28,000 tests have been processed in the past 24 hours, according to the province.

Of the 131 new cases, Ottawa, Peel and Toronto recorded the highest number of daily cases on Friday with 37, 21 and 25 respectively.

There are currently 986 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, a slight increase from yesterday’s total of 964.

Of these, 35 are being treated in hospital, of which 13 are intensive care patients and seven are on ventilators. This is only the fourth time the number of patients requiring ventilators has fallen to single digits since the province began reporting this data on April 1.

The official death toll from COVID-19 in Ontario has increased by three, now standing at 2,796. However, a CBC News tally based on data from public health units puts the actual toll at 2,831.

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