Ontario Premier Doug Ford will make an announcement at a virtual press conference on Friday morning while he continues to isolate after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Ford has been isolating since last week when he held a virtual press conference from outside his home in Etobicoke.
At the time, Ford apologized for enacting sweeping new police powers he announced on April 16 as part of new restrictive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In the week since Ford last addressed the public, the provincial government announced a proposal for a paid sick day program that would include 3 days for full and part-time workers.
Additionally, Minister of Health, Christine Elliott announced on Thursday that Ontario is opening up vaccine eligibility for residents age 55 and up across the province starting on Friday, and said the province plans to invite everyone 18 and up to get vaccinated by the end of May.
Ontario reported 3,871 new COVID-19 cases and 41 new deaths on Thursday, which marked the fifth straight day case counts have stayed below 4,000.
Despite the downward trend in case counts, a member of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table cautioned against too much optimism too soon, saying case levels could easily rise again.
Ford is scheduled to begin his remarks at 11:30 am.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Ford’s new press conference time of 11:30 am.