Coronavirus outbreak: Toronto reports 154 total deaths due to COVID-19

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"In order to better protect our seniors, people with various abilities, and the homeless population, along with our heroic frontline workers, our government is adopting emergency measures to provide flexibility in a variety of staffing arrangements to help stop the spread of this awful virus".

Of Thursday's 514 new cases, 271 were related to long-term care facilities, Williams said - the first time there have been more of those cases than community ones.

"It's generally looking better", Ontario Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said Friday.

She said that over the past decade, long term care had been neglected in the province, which led to the creation of the Ministry of Long Term Care under the Ford Government. There have been concerns that nursing home employees have not had enough masks and other personal protective equipment.

Christine Mandegarian was an SEIU Healthcare member for 31 years and a caring and compassionate worker, said union president Sharleen Stewart.

On April 14, 2020, the government issued an emergency order to give violence against women and anti-human trafficking agencies who deliver emergency residential services greater flexibility to address staffing challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario is also expanding its testing for COVID-19 priority groups, including for residents and staff of homeless shelters and group homes, people living with health-care workers and cancer patients.

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There were 829 Ontarians in hospital, including 245 in intensive care and 200 of those critically ill patients on ventilators to breathe.

"Looking after their kids while they look after us is just one small way we honour their sacrifice", Ford said.

"All the efforts so many of you are taking right now to stop the spread of COVID-19 will bring that restart as soon as safely possible".

"Our priority is to make sure students are healthy and safe", said Ford.

"That would be a big mistake".

How numerous 564 new COVID-19 cases and deaths reported Friday were in nursing homes, where the illness is spreading so rapidly the province is sending in hospital teams to help?

Mandegarian worked at Sienna Altamont Care Community in east Toronto, where there have been 16 deaths from COVID-19 and a total of 79 confirmed cases.

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