TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford has said he will hold an emergency meeting with Ontario health officials on Friday to discuss the growing spread of COVID-19 cases in the province.
In a tweet posted Friday morning, Ford said he would meet with Health Minister Christine Elliott, as well as Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, and “hospital leaders” from the province to discuss “next steps to break case and hospital trends.” ”
The meeting comes a day after Ontario recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day with more than 2,400 recorded infections and hospitalizations for the disease continue to rise.
As of Friday, there were 919 patients in hospital with COVID-19, with 263 patients treated in intensive care. This sparked a call from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) for “immediate action” to curb the spread of the infection.
In response, Ford said Thursday it would not make an “instant decision” on whether to put more regions on lockdown despite calls from the OHA.
“There are a lot of things to consider,” Ford told reporters at the time. “The worst thing we can do is rush out there and make an instant decision in the blink of an eye. We have to make sure that if we make this decision, will it take two weeks, will it take three weeks, will it be 28 days for a full cycle? ”
Toronto and the Region of Peel continue to report the highest number of new cases daily, with infections consistently hitting triple digits. Both regions are currently operating in the “gray zone” of the provincial framework which places restrictions on all non-essential activities. These measures will expire on Monday.
In recent weeks, the province issued a press release on Friday afternoon indicating which regions would increase or decrease the province’s lockdown framework.
The government is advising CTV News Toronto that the emergency meeting will be held at 1 p.m. via teleconference.