Ford warns of "scary" new COVID-19 numbers, threatens tighter restrictions

Sunday, 10 Jan, 2021

There have been 141 cases of COVID-19 reported within the Porcupine Health Unit area since March 2020.

Dr. David Williams said today students in southern Ontario will not return to the classroom this coming Monday, January 11, 2021 for in-person learning amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the province.

There were no new health-care facility outbreaks reported on Vancouver Island or anywhere in the province Friday.

In a memo obtained by CTV News Toronto on Thursday, Ontario Health's President and CEO Matthew Anderson told hospitals to prepare to accept COVID-19 patients from across the province as space in intensive care reaches capacity.

In the meantime, health officials urged the public to continue spending time only with members of their immediate household, wearing masks in indoor public spaces, and avoiding non-essential travel.

Friday marked the first day for Ontario's number to be officially recorded over the 4,000 mark and the seventh day over nine days that daily case numbers have topped 3,000.

At present there are 26,718 active cases in Ontario, the most at any point during the pandemic.

If testing is required, seek testing through one of the assessment centres across Ontario.

Unity Health Toronto says as of January 7, pediatric patients at St. Joseph's Health Centre may be transferred to SickKids if their physician determines care can be met there.

"Today's numbers are, to be frank - they are scary", Yaffe said. "There will continue to be fluctuations as our numbers of cases are verified".

The province is also adjusting the way it tracks and reports data, with a change in the date for when cases are reported.

"Vaccinations are rolling out and residents at Sunnybank long-term care home in Oliver are officially immunized". We have more and more outbreaks in congregate care, particularly long-term care.

The current rules permit one designated social visitor, allowed one visit a week of about 30 minutes.

"The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation", reads a joint statement issued by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. "We don't want more people dying, We don't want the ICUs overwhelmed".

But Henry said it is up to the rest of British Columbians to do their part to protect seniors and the elderly. "There is more and more spread of this infection in the community".