That includes 81 new cases in the Interior Health region, according to a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix today, January 8.
"That can cause cells related to smell and taste to 'die-off, '" says Mehdizadeh.Eventually, new cells are produced to replace them, but it can take weeks or even months for that process to get you back on track.
Sixty-eight per cent of the cases are in the hotspots around the GTHA and Niagara while 71,500 tests were completed over the last day.
Union president Sam Hammond said teachers know that in-person learning is the most effective environment for students but the province is at the height of the pandemic.
The Ontario government says the COVID-19 crisis is spiraling out of control and we are facing a very serious situation.
With Ontario premier Doug Ford warning of "extreme" new measures to try and curb the spike in COVID-19 cases, a new pubic opinion poll finds a majority of Ontarians would be in favour of strengthening a number of current lockdown measures at least for the next 30 days.
"We need people to hunker down right now and stay home".
Friday's new COVID-19 cases are a record high for the province, although 450 of the cases could be attributed to a data upload delay, said Health Minister Christine Elliott. The daily case count is only a snapshot on a given day, at a given time. "If the average person is not listening, it doesn't matter if we have the best hospitals, the best docs, best system, best anything".
In mid-December, the province's legislative session ended, and a recess began, which immediately made things more hard when it came to combatting the virus-namely, distributing vaccines.
There will continue to be fluctuations in our numbers as cases are verified.
Going forward, every Thursday we will update ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities in British Columbia.
Sadly, there have been 18 new deaths bringing the death toll in B.C.to 988.
The premier hinted at the extension at a press conference Wednesday to announce a new COVID-19 testing regime for global travellers at Toronto's Pearson airport.
"Without a doubt there are brighter days ahead where thousands more will be immunized, the weather will be warmer and the spread of the virus will slow", said Henry.