The province will redeploy more than 30 employment standards officers to help businesses understand and comply with health and safety requirements, double the capacity of Ontario's Health and Safety Call Centre from 25 to 50 phonelines and issue new guidance notes to support specific sectors.
"As British Columbia reported numerous earliest Canadian cases of COVID-19, construction intentions likely slowed earlier than in the rest of Western Canada", said StatCan.
Dr. Williams says if physicians felt that someone who did not meet the current criteria does need a test, they can order a COVID-19 test, and the province will not deny it.
As of 4:00 pm on April 8, Ontario is reporting 5,759 cases of the novel coronavirus in the province.
"During this escalating crisis, we are taking immediate steps to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place, particularly to properly care for those with severe COVID-19 symptoms and other patients who require critical care", said Premier Doug Ford.
There are now 632 people in hospital confirmed to have COVID-19, with 264 of them in intensive care and 214 of those people on ventilators.
"Our goal at the end of the day is test every single front-line health-care worker, all workers, being nurses, doctors, (personal support workers), cleaners", he said.
William Osler Health System announced Thursday that a long-time environmental services worker at the Brampton Civic Hospital has died from COVID-19.
Quebec announced Thursday that 216 people have now died of COVID-19 in the province and that the number of confirmed cases in Quebec stands at 10,912.
But even with that gap in available testing capacity, a backlog of pending tests that had almost been cleared has now grown for two days in a row, and is up to more than 1,100. Currently, that includes testing people who have symptoms and also fall into prioritized groups, which include health-care workers, travellers and long-term care residents and staff.
With 69 outbreaks confirmed in long-term care homes across the province, the decision to be more diligent with testing in these vulnerable families is a top priority for the province.
The release states that the move is meant to expedite construction on key facilities, such as new hospital builds, expansions, temporary COVID-19 response units and COVID-19 assessment centres - as well as other projects. Thirteen staff have tested positive.