Ontario confirmed nine new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the death toll in the province to 3,031.
Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing starting at 1 p.m. ET at Queen’s Park. You can watch it live in the player above:
After increasing steadily for more than a week, the seven-day average of new daily cases has fallen for a second day in a row and now stands at around 746.
Provincial laboratories processed 38,500 tests.
There are 713 other resolved cases, for the provincial total of 54,004 cured patients.
Meanwhile, 261 people are hospitalized as a result of COVID-19. Of those, 67 people are in intensive care units across the province, including 36 on ventilators.
Meanwhile, as of today, residents of long-term care homes in three regions where cases have increased are not allowed to go out for social or personal reasons.
The new restrictions will apply to long-term care homes in Toronto, Region of Peel and Ottawa and will remain in effect until further notice.
Federal contact tracers ready to help
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that federal contact tracers were ready to help hunt people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
He says they can make up to 14,000 calls per day, at the request of provinces and territories.
Prompt follow-up of people who have been close to someone who tests positive for the disease is considered essential to contain its spread.
Some jurisdictions, including Toronto, have limited the number of people they will try to reach because new cases have arisen faster than contact tracers can work.
Province supports production of PPE
On Friday, the province announced that it was continuing to work with businesses and the manufacturing sector to increase production of domestic PPE to ensure preparedness, both now and in the future.
To support the fight against COVID-19, Greenfield Global is investing a total of $ 75 million in its Johnstown, Ontario facility to produce medical-grade alcohol essential for the manufacture of hand sanitizers used by people, families and front-line workers in Ontario.
The Ontario government is investing $ 2.5 million through the Ontario Together Fund to support this project.
The announcement was made today by MPP Steve Clark and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on behalf of Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
“By working with these innovative companies, we ensure that we are well prepared for the future as we continue our fight against COVID-19,” Fedeli said.