A dozen Canadian service members deployed to hard-hit Ontario nursing homes have tested positive for COVID-19.
They include developing a vaccine, investigating whether blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is an effective treatment, developing a rapid test, and food security research.
Over the past four days, Ontario has lagged behind its stated daily target of 16,000 tests per day, averaging around 8,200 per day.
"If you owed money from our Loans for Tools program, you're not going to owe that money anymore and for all the women and men entering the trades, we are creating a new tools grant to help you get started", said McNaughton. "What I want is I want to see people being tested and if you have symptoms please go to an assessment centre, I want to repeat that, if you have symptoms please go to an assessment centre because we don't seem to see the same traffic at the assessment centres right now".
But in places like Toronto, which can see upwards of 200 cases a day, it's harder to track down all the sources of infection, Williams said. New eligible apprentices will also get help purchasing the equipment they need to start their careers. "We don't know how big it is and we don't know if it's getting bigger or smaller".
"It's going to be a slow, incremental pass and all things considered, Dr. (David) Williams is of the view that that's where we're headed".
According to the government of Ontario's website, this brings the total number of provincial cases up to 24,628, with 18,767 recoveries and 2,021 deaths. "I don't know. I have not seen one".
Ontario reported 441 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as the provincial death toll climbed to over 2,000. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the blue line is a projected linear trend showing an overall decrease in the number of new cases.
Throughout the beginning of this week, the increase in cases stayed below 400.
Ontario has significantly increased testing and contact tracing capacity, allowing health experts to identify cases of COVID-19 and support efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community, long-term care homes and other congregate settings.
"The more testing the better", he said. "They are going to come back with a plan, it's all hands on deck". This is the highest number we have seen in two weeks.
This week, Premier Doug Ford has been pushing for anyone with symptoms to go get tested, and repeated that plea Friday at his own daily news conference.