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TVO.org reporters and editors are tracking stories about the coronavirus pandemic in all regions of the province. Here's what Ontarians need to know.
- Per today's government report, there are 251 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 31,341 since the pandemic began; 580 people are in hospital, 118 of them in intensive care and 86 on ventilators. To date, 2,475 people have died.
- According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 75 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,294 confirmed cases in residents and 1,963 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,591 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.
Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott were absent for the daily news conference at Queen's Park today, as Education Minister Stephen Lecce learned he had come into contact with a COVID-19 positive case. Ford and Elliott are in the process of being tested. Lecce has released the following statement: "Yesterday I was notified I have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. I have been tested and I've been in isolation since, working from home. I was informed minutes ago that my COVID-19 test results have come back negative. The Premier and Minister Elliott have been extremely clear: if you feel you need a test, you should get tested. We all have a role to play in combating this virus. Thank you to the incredible team at UHN who offered their support and care to me yesterday. I also want to thank all Ontarians who are working together to fight COVID-19."
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Ross Romano, the minister of training, colleges and universities, today announced the framework to reopen the post-secondary sector in Ontario. It will begin as early as July 2 and conclude by September. The government will also be releasing health and safety protocols.
The Ontario Camps Association, which represents 450 camps across the province, says in a release that most of its members will not be opening for day-camp programming, despite being allowed to do so as most parts of the province enter Stage 2: "There are many factors to consider, and the OCA supports the decision of each individual camp, as long as those that open carefully implement the government and public health guidelines." The association also expresses concerns that, in the absence of formal camp programming, families might turn to unacredited, less formal camp options.
Canadian Press is reporting that Starbucks plans to close 200 stores in Canada over the next two years.
An analysis by the CBC program Marketplace finds that COVID-19 deaths have tended to be higher in long-term-care homes that chose not to make recommended structural-safety upgrades. New rules for LTC facilities — for example, that there could be no more than two residents per bedroom — were passed in 1998, but existing facilities had the option of continuing operations as-is. According to Marketplace, the vast majority of homes that haven’t yet upgraded are run by for-profit companies.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to today's report, there are 121 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 12,949 since the pandemic began; 328 of them are in hospital and 73 in intensive care. To date, there have been 155 institutional outbreaks. In total, 956 people have died.
Several parts of the GTA have seen a rise in the number of people under 30 infected with COVID-19 over the past few weeks. Public-health officials are in the process of trying to figure out why.
Hamilton will not open day cares on Friday. Instead, the city will wait until it receives more details from the province about the plan to reopen those spaces.
Toronto city councillor Michael Ford, a nephew of Premier Doug Ford, says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is going into self-isolation for the next 14 days. According to the premier’s office, Doug Ford has not been in contact with his nephew for the past two weeks.
Andrea Kaiser, chair of Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, told Niagara This Week that, while wineries in the area had planned to open tasting rooms, they will hold off now that Niagara remains in Phase 1 of the province's reopening plan.
The mayors of Haldimand and Norfolk counties got together for haircuts on Tuesday to register their concern about the fact that their counties are not moving into Stage 2; say they were not consulted.
Six Nations Health Services is putting on a series of Zoom events — including cooking, gardening and language classes — for the community.
Nokomis Martina Osawamick will be offering virtual tea and bannock and youth teachings this Thursday.
Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller started a press conference with a public-health advisory in Kanien’keha (the Mohawk language), reminding people to wash their hands often, cough into their arm, clean and disinfect surfaces, and avoid touching their face.
Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital has announced plans to test all visiting physicians, locums and resident physicians from outside the Northwestern Health Unit area as they arrive in the community.
Kenora beaches will open on June 12.
SooToday reports that testing rates are higher in northern Ontario than they are in southern Ontario.
COVID-19 tests conducted on 176 staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have all been negative. Administration ordered staff tested to determine whether northwestern Ontario's largest health-care centre was experiencing an outbreak after a visiting physician tested positive on May 31.
Ottawa's Parkdale and ByWard markets will open next week.
Brighton is considering closing a section of Main Street to vehicle traffic on Saturdays this summer.
Picton's Regent Theatre has asked town council for $40,000 to keep its doors open and remain "viable."
An analysis of provincial data by CBC Ottawa found that 82.5 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in eastern Ontario LTC homes happened in for-profit facilities. That's despite the fact that there are roughly the same number of for-profit and non-profit beds in the region.
Peterborough council will decide Thursday whether it wants to close some streets and create "patio zones" in the city.
While most Western University faculty and principal investigators now have access to their offices, the return of other staff members has been delayed until the university reopens on July 1.
A University of Ottawa epidemiologist tells the CBC that, even though the Waterloo Region will be allowed to proceed to the second stage of reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, virus statistics indicate that the area is not yet ready for looser restrictions.
The University of Windsor will hold a virtual town-hall meeting today with students, faculty, staff, and the community to discuss plans for returning to campus.
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