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Over the past 14 days, there has been an average of 2.34 per cent daily case growth in Ontario.

In a more "severe but realistic" scenario of three per cent, ICU occupancy could hit 1,000.

Across the province, health officials reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 after eight straight days of case counts above 3,000 per day. According to a report by Critical Care Services Ontario, there are more than 400 people in the province's intensive care units with COVID-19.

"There will be choices about who will get the care they need and who will not", said Brown. They will be choices about who receives oxygen or is transported to hospital.

As case numbers grow, it will mean more hospitalizations, more people in intensive care, and more deaths.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Ontario.

"The number of those outbreaks has increased and you can see that the size of these outbreaks is substantial", Brown said.

Ford said that provincial data shows that one third of Ontarians are not following provincial guidelines.

Based on case data reported today, the new cases include 421 people under 20, 1,096 people between 20 and 39 years old, 811 people between 40 and 59 years old, 377 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 203 people over the age of 80. There are 43,154 COVID-19 tests still under investigation.

While new COVID rules require pre-departure testing for all travellers flying into Canada, post-departure testing, testing while in quarantine, more surveillance and more supervised quarantines "are going to be incredibly important" to buy time for a vaccination campaign, Chagla said. "If that's confirmed, we have evidence of community transmission and that is a very serious concern that the vaccine will not be able to address quickly enough", said Dr. Barbara Jaffe, Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health.

"I have been calling for further action, based on the advice of Toronto Public Health, and I want to thank Premier Ford and his cabinet for listening to public health experts and taking some additional needed actions", said Tory in a statement.

The number of active cases is now 1,429 after 126 new recoveries were recorded.

S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21 - another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March.

"If we do not follow these restrictions, COVID-19 will continue to aggressively spread before vaccines have the chance to protect us".

Deaths continue to spike in long-term care with 198 residents and 2 staff dying of the virus since January 1.

"Locally, there are 837 new cases in Toronto, 545 in Peel, 249 in York Region and 246 in Niagara". He says health officials tell him it's not a matter of if the new United Kingdom strain will take hold, but when and how wide.

There has been a big jump in hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.

More than half of the intensive care units in the province are full or close to full. Of those ICU patients, 262 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Another 41 people have died since yesterday, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,053.

The PCs says they're also exploring options to put a temporary residential evictions moratorium in place, and that more details will come soon.

Nearly 40% of long-term care homes have active COVID-19 outbreaks.



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