Those include the fact that patients appear evenly split between genders, the median age is 50, 11% of patients have been hospitalized, and 56% of cases have been reported from the GTA.
The Ontario government will be closing additional workplaces over the weekend and will be shutting down all non-critical industrial construction sites as the province works to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "Through the Ontario Together web portal and the Ontario Together Fund, we are making sure that companies have the resources and support they need to supply emergency products and innovative solutions quickly and efficiently to help address this challenging time together".
He also said the pandemic may last for 18 months to two years, as there could be a potential second wave of the virus. "The truth is the situation is extremely, extremely serious", Ford said.
There are now more than 500 confirmed cases in the wider region, with seven deaths linked to coronavirus. "We can change the outcomes by how we all stay at home and physically distance ourselves".
As it is, the figures estimate thousands of people could still die without more aggressive measures in place.
As of 4:00 pm on April 2, Ontario is reporting 3,255 cases of the novel coronavirus in the province, an increase of 462 cases in a 24-hour period.
However, Ontario only tests a fraction of the people presumed to have COVID-19 because of shortages of supplies.
But the number of resolved cases also surged significantly, climbing more than 30 per cent to 1,023 from 831 on Thursday.
The federal government is spending $100 million to meet the "urgent food needs of vulnerable Canadians", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday. "Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or need any further assistance".
While residential construction will continue for homes that are near completion - with 45,000 families estimated to be moving into newly constructed houses and condos in the coming months - new housing starts will cease. There are 140 COVID-19 patients now on a ventilator in an Ontario health care facility. As many as 6,000 people would have in April alone. At noon today, Ontario Health president Matthew Anderson, University of Toronto public health school dean Adalsteinn Brown and Public Health Ontario president Peter Donnelly will brief the public on projected case numbers and deaths.
"Urban dwellers should avoid heading to rural properties as these places have less capacity to manage COVID-19", said Dr. Theresa Tam Canada's Chief Public Health Officer.