Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,052 cases of COVID-19 with 3,756 of those cases recovered and 108 cases ending in death.
Officials say a male teen who worked in a long-term care home is among the three deaths reported on the Middlesex-London region's COVID-19 case site in southwestern Ontario on Saturday.
At a press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government would be deploying two units to the Greater Toronto Area.
Right now, there are 1,501 patients in hospital with COVID-19, down from the 1,512 reported a day earlier. The province's report notes that on weekends, at least 10 per cent of Ontario hospitals do not report to the daily bed census, so the hospitalizations could be underreported. They have guaranteed that they would continuously collaborate with the provinces and territories and shall ensure the availability of necessary supplies needed to carry on the fight against COVID-19.
Blair said that the units are being deployed in response to a request for assistance from Ontario and will be staffed by the province.
Ontario reports 181 new COVID-related hospitalizations and 41 new admissions to intensive care. "We will continue to be there to support provinces and territories to help Canadians and communities across the country get through this hard time".
The MHU should relieve pressure on Ontario's strained hospital capacity by providing additional hospital beds and facilitate the transfer of non-critical care patients out of critical care.
The next health unit update will be posted Monday. "As we work to help our health care system manage its capacity challenges, we continue to urge everyone to follow public health guidelines and stay home, stay safe and save lives".