Kim Phillips
BarrieCTVNewsca producer


The Ontario government is expected to announce tightened restrictions Friday afternoon as COVID-19 infection rates and hospital stays soar

In Simcoe Muskoka, the number of cases was in the triple digits for the second day in a row, with 133 infections, including 43 hospital admissions

The President and CEO of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center (RVH) calls the rising cases and hospitalizations during the third wave “a scary time.” “Janice Skot said hospitals experience overwhelming admissions when staff are on high levels of fatigue, stress and stress Encounter burnout””

So far, there have been 13 virus-related deaths in April as the number of lives lost to COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka reached 215 on Friday, no new deaths were reported

In Gray Bruce, the health unit declared a “critical threshold” as infection levels hit record levels for the area. The health unit asked residents to crouch and stay in their homes while staff attempt to track down the hundreds of potential transportation companies

The spike in COVID-19 cases from region to region has been a little over a week since the province implemented the stay at home order that residents only have to go out for essential reasons

On Friday, the province reported another record of new daily COVID-19 infections of 4812 cases plus 25 more virus-related deaths

New modeling projections unveiled on Friday show Ontario COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions are at their highest levels since the pandemic began

Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health said Thursday the situation was “dire” and the data was “alarming” “

Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce new restrictions at 2:30 p.m. after additional recommendations were given to the cabinet, it is unknown what specific measures the cabinet has been considering However, sources tell CTV News that a nationwide curfew is being considered

Ontario’s science advisors said an extended order of six weeks to stay at home and vaccination to at least 100Increasing doses of 000 per day is the only way to smooth the curve

Barrie Hospital currently has 43 COVID-19 positive patients, 14 patients in intensive care and 13 on ventilators

A healthcare worker in Alliston, Ont is conducting a COVID-19 test in April 2021 (Mike Arsalides / CTV News)

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