On Friday afternoon, the provincial government announced they are predicting that up to 1,600 Ontarians could die from COVID-19 by the end of April. These COVID-19 Ontario predictions also estimate that between 3,000 to 15,000 residents could die during the entirety of the pandemic. However, officials state that these numbers could have been much worse if we had not implemented multiple safety measures throughout March.
In the conference, it was predicted that the province would've had 6,000 deaths in 30 days if no safety measures were taken. However, now the government is stating that the number of deaths will reach up to 1,600.
Health officials are also reminding residents that how the outbreak continues to progress depends on how residents work towards flattening the curve.
"How this outbreak unfolds is in the hand of the public... we can change the outcome of the province by staying at home and socially distancing from each other," said Dr. Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario.
"We need to bear down heavily on this disease now, it will save lives and allow our healthcare system to cope and help the economy,” he added.
Health officials also noted that Ontario is following a trajectory similar to the United States, which is currently at 239,279 positive cases.
In fact, it is now being reported that the pandemic could last up to two years.
Ford pre-warned that these projections would be high and stated that "many people will find this information hard to hear ... the new reality is hard."
"I want everyone to know where Ontario was, where we are at now, and where we could be if we don't take further steps. It's going to be a sobering discussion, it's going to be stark," he continued.
This call comes after Ontario declared a state of emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
All non-essential businesses have been closed, and people are being encouraged to social distance as much as possible.
As of Friday morning, 3,255 confirmed cases have been reported across Ontario, with 1,023 resolved cases and 67 deaths.