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Ontario Science Table Warns COVID-19 Cases Could Hit Up To 1,300 A Day In The Next Few Weeks

"Thanks to the vaccine rollout, we will not see the same amount of ICU occupancy."

Ontario COVID-19 Cases Could Hit 1,300 A Day, Says Science Table

A new warning from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says daily case numbers could reach 1,300 by next month.

Dr. Peter Jüni, the table's scientific director, told CP24 on Monday that the Delta variant could cause cases to double over the next 22 days as the province struggles to contend with the fourth wave of the pandemic.

However, Jüni also noted that due to the government's successful vaccine rollout, ICU occupancy will no longer be in danger of reaching the same numbers as it did during previous surges.

"Three weeks from now, if we continue the way we do we will probably be at around 1,300 cases, that's a fact," he stated.

"Thanks to the vaccine rollout, we will not see the same amount of ICU occupancy as before giving the same case numbers. That's great news," he continued.

The public health leader also stressed the importance of closely monitoring schools this fall to avoid outbreaks among students.

A COVID-19 Endemic Is 'Absolutely Possible' For Ontario But We Need To Get Through Winter

The Ontario Science Table's scientific director says it could happen by the spring.

Even though the pandemic is not yet over in Ontario, it could turn into an endemic by next year.

Dr. Peter Jüni, scientific director of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, spoke to Narcity about when he expects the endemic to hit and how we need to prepare for the winter ahead.

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A Toronto School Has Been Shut Down After A Massive COVID-19 Outbreak

At least 13 cases have been confirmed amongst staff and students.

A Toronto school has been shut down following a widespread COVID-19 outbreak, and public health is investigating.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board reported on Sunday that Precious Blood Catholic School in Scarborough would be temporarily shutting down in-person learning and activities starting on November 8 due to an ongoing investigation by Toronto Public Health (TPH).

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Ontario's Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit Over 500 For The First Time In Nearly A Month

Ontario has administered over 22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Ontario's daily COVID-19 cases have risen again, with the provincial government reporting 563 new cases on Friday morning.

According to Christine Elliott, Ontario's minister of health, 314 of the confirmed cases were linked to individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. The remaining 249 cases are in residents who are fully vaccinated.

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Premier Doug Ford announced Ontario's long-term plan for COVID-19 in a press conference on Friday and has announced that face masks won't be required forever.

According to a government press release, face masks could no longer be required in indoor settings as of March 28, 2022.

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