Provincial officials say that since the lockdown began on December 26, trends in public health indicators have continued to worsen across Ontario, including "concerning trends" in health system capacity, most notably in hospitals.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that the Premier should be releasing those modelling numbers today.
The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,425 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.
New Democrats, Liberals, and the Green Party are all calling on the province to do more, especially when it comes to long-term care.
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.
"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is crucial that all Ontarians continue to follow all public health and workplace safety measures", Dr. David Williams, chief medical officer of health, said.
Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said this change will result in faster reporting, but create some uncertainty about results in the next few days during the transition.
Australian COVID-19 vaccination schedule brought forward to February
The Prime Minister has revealed a five-tier system that will dictate who will get the vaccine first and who will be last. Initially, imported doses will be used before Australia begins producing its own vials at the CSL factory in Melbourne.
The health unit has listed 61 as high risk contacts in Northumberland, meaning 61 Northumberland County residents have recently been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She added that as new COVID-19 cases continue to emerge in communities throughout the province, "we must all recommit to our efforts to slow down transmission".
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the trend shows some British Columbians ignored restrictions over the holidays.
"We have the best hospitals, we have the best public health units... but if the average person is not listening, it doesn't matter". "We have more and more people hospitalized, more and more people on ventilators".
Sharma says while the number of people vaccinated is still relatively small, data on side-effects, such as fevers, mirror closely what happened during the clinical trials.