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Low COVID testing numbers has Ford fuming

There is some nervousness across the province as new cases of COVID continue to edge up after a week of what appeared to be a downward trend that would allow the province to relax some of the restrictions on activity.  The increase in cases is particularly troubling because testing has dropped off sharply this week. “Am I frustrated? Yes, I’m frustrated, but I have confidence in the team,” Premier Doug Ford said at his daily news conference held today. “They are working hard, they are doing everything they can. We will hit those numbers and I will be like an 800-pound gorilla on their backs every single day if I have to until I see these numbers go up.” Yesterday there were 10,5065 tests processed marking the fourth straight day the province has failed to reach its target of 16,000 tests per day. Ford suggested teachers and auto workers should be the next wave of persons to be tested. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the testing of long term care residents and staff has largely completed and people are just not showing up at testing sites. Tests are now available to anyone who thinks they may have the virus.

Ontario climbed back up to above 400 new COVID cases today. Provincial health officials confirmed 413 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 31 more deaths on Thursday morning, bringing the total number of patients in Ontario to 24,187, including 1,993 deaths and 18,509 recoveries.

According to Thursday’s epidemiologic summary, eight of Ontario’s deceased COVID-19 patients were between the ages of 20 and 39. There have been no deaths recorded in people 19 years of age or younger. Eighty of all deceased patients in the province were between the ages of 40 and 59 and 515 people were between the ages of 60 and 79. People 80 years of age or older continue to be the hardest hit age group with 1,390 deaths.

There are currently 984 people infected with COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals. Of those patients, 155 of them are being treated in the intensive care unit.

In Ontario, 4,178 health-care workers have become infected with COVID-19.

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