Regional chairman Wayne Emerson and medical officer of health Dr. Karim Kurji said in a letter to Ford that the area's local infection numbers were expected to come down since it had recently been placed in the red zone of the province's COVID-19 restrictions system.
The Ford government is considering moving Toronto and Peel Region into a modified lockdown in relation to province's COVID-19 colour-coded framework.
A health-care workers performs a test at a drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital, in Toronto, on April 21, 2020. "Please know that given the gravity of the situation, hospitals will continue to (do) everything possible to maintain access to services for patients who need care".
The association representing Ontario directors of education had asked the government to add a two-week extension to the December break to allow students and staff time to isolate after holiday gatherings, The Globe and Mail reported.
Public health labs have processed 48,173 COVID tests since yesterday's report - the highest since October 8 - which produced a per cent positivity rate of 3.6 per cent.
NRPH reports 25 new cases of COVID-19 and 183 active cases on Friday. According to its dashboard, which sorts community outbreaks into broad categories but doesn't name specific settings, the new outbreak so far involves three cases.
Newly reported cases have been consistently over 1,000 for the last 15 days, with Friday's 1,396, Thursday's 1,575, Wednesday's 1,426, Tuesday's 1,388, Monday's 1,242, Sunday's 1,328, and Saturday's 1,132.
There are 12,623 active cases in Ontario (down five from yesterday), and of those 518 people are hospitalized (down eight from yesterday).
It replaces an outdoor testing site on Coventry Road, which closed earlier this week because of poor weather conditions.
Across Ontario, there are 1,418 new cases of COVID-19.
The Quebec government reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais on Friday, which includes Gatineau.