Ontario adds another 401 cases of COVID-19

Ross Romano, Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce

The data released will show "where Ontario was, where it is, and where it could be".

The government says the Ontario Together Fund will go to the most viable, innovative proposals that can quickly provide medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, face shields and ventilators.

"No beating around the bush, no holding back figures". "We are dealing with what's happening in the real world".

A Bobcaygeon nursing home is also reporting two more deaths of residents in a COVID-19 outbreak there, bringing the total to 16.

"People will see some very stark figures tomorrow", Ford said during his daily media briefing from Queen's Park on Thursday. "We know (a surge in cases is) coming over the next few weeks".

Across Canada the number of new COVID-19 cases passed 10,000 today (Thursday, April 2nd). For example, Global News reported the province of Quebec has a testing rate per 100,000 people of about 611.

A COVID-19 assessment centre has opened in Almonte behind the hospital emergency department.

The province says 62,733 people have been tested for the virus and that 2,052 possible cases are under investigation.

It's hard to project what will happen next without knowing what has happened already, Dr. Theresa Tam, the federal chief public health officer, told reporters Thursday. "Those days are done", he says. Contact your family doctor if you have symptoms, or the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit if you don't have a family doctor, at 1-800-660-5853 ext.

"The new reality is hard".

"We will all have to make some very very hard decisions, you deserve the same information I have, you deserve to see the same data that I see when I'm making decisions, you deserve to know what I know", Ford said.

"You deserve to see the same data that I see when I'm making decisions".

Ford suggested the modelling will inform the province's next steps during this "extremely, extremely serious situation".

The models that have been circulated in other countries are inherently imprecise, given the fast-changing and unpredictable nature of COVID-19.

Ford said now that everyone from overseas has been back in Canada for a week, they have a better idea of the trajectory of the virus.

While officials in the US have released their expectations of how bad the pandemic could be, their Canadian counterparts have been criticized for not sharing the same information. The data prompted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, to finally issue a stay-at-home order Tuesday.

He says it is a ideal example of the resilience of Ontarians, who will prevail against COVID-19.

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