Ontario reported a record 4,249 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, with the caveat that several hundred were attributable to a data delay.
The province says about 450 additional cases were included in today’s count, due to a data upload delay at Toronto Public Health. The cases were “primarily” from Jan. 5 and 6, according to the province.
Even accounting for the delayed data, there were 3,799 entirely new cases reported today, well above the previous record of 3,519 set yesterday.
Premier Doug Ford is holding a news conference this morning after a record-breaking day for new COVID-19 cases in Ontario and warnings to hospitals around the province to prepare for a potential influx of patients in coming weeks.
Ford’s office says he is being joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe.
You’ll be able to watch the update, set for 10 a.m. ET in Toronto, in this story.
On Thursday, Lecce announced that elementary students in southern Ontario will not be returning to schools for in-class learning until at least Jan. 25 as test positivity rates for COVID-19 rise for adults and children alike.
Meanwhile, late Thursday, CBC News obtained a memo from the president and CEO of Ontario Health, Matthew Anderson, telling hospitals to prepare for transferring dozens and potentially hundreds of patients across and even out of regions.
Ontario’s hospitals are projected to have more than 500 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units and more than 1,700 COVID-19 in other beds by Jan. 24, according to the memo.
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