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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 203 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 31,544 since the pandemic began; 538 people are in hospital, 120 of them in intensive care and 87 on ventilators. To date, 2,487 people have died.
According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 77 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,307 confirmed cases in residents, and 1,967 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,600 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.
Premier Doug Ford announced today that there will be a "cautious restart" of visits to LTC, retirement, group, and other congregant-care homes starting June 18. Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton said that the province has developed a "responsible, phased visitation plan that will allow you to visit your loved ones in long-term care and retirement homes that are not in outbreak." LTC homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week, at a minimum. Retirement homes will have outdoor and indoor visits; the number of visitors will be left to the discretion of the facility. Visitors must have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, pass an active-screening questionnaire, clean their hands when they arrive and depart, wear a mask, stay in designated areas, and maintain physical distancing.
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Education Minister Stephen Lecce's office says that the is feeling well and that, despite his negative COVID-19 test, he will self-isolate for 14 days from the point when he came into contact with someone who was COVID-positive
The federal and provincial governments today announced a $57 million investment "to help small businesses across Ontario go digital by building on Toronto’s investments into Digital Main Street and, most recently, ShopHERE powered by Google."
In a statement to media, the premier's office says that both Doug Ford and health minister Christine Elliott have tested negative for COVID-19. As neither has been in contact with a COVID-positive person, they will not be self-isolating at this time.
Cathy Fooks has been named Ontario's patient ombudsman. Fooks, currently the president and CEO of the Change Foundation, an independent health-policy think-tank, will be charged with investigating and overseeing patient care in the province's hospitals and long-term-care homes.
The Ministry of Transportation has released a "guidance" document for municipal transit operators as the province begins to resume business and public life. Among other non-binding recommendations, the document "highly recommends" that passengers wear face coverings or masks on any public-transit travel.
The head of the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare tells the Toronto Star that the provincial government’s plan to reopen daycare facilities doesn’t give operators enough time or resources to restart operations properly. Carolyn Ferns says her members are telling her that the government’s plan "is insulting," adding, "The government is expecting them to do something that is just impossible without proper support."
An open letter from members of Canada’s travel and tourism sector is urging federal and provincial governments to reduce border restrictions and allow some international travel.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to today's report, there are 114 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 13,063 since the pandemic began; 306 of them are in hospital and 72 in intensive care. To date, there have been 155 institutional outbreaks. In total, 965 people have died.
- Mayor John Tory announced today that a recommendation that face coverings be mandatory on the TTC will be presented to the TTC commission at its meeting next week. If it passes, the measure would come into effect on July 2.
Mayor John Tory yesterday announced the launch of SwimTO, "a quick-start program that will expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads."
- As part of its CampTO initiative, the City of Toronto will begin offering summer camps across the city starting July 13.
- More than 10 kilometres of road will be closed in Toronto this weekend as part of ActiveTO.
Provincial inspectors have been sent to Woodbridge Vista Care Community to look into “critical incidents and complaints, as well as non-COVID deaths and neglect in the home,” according to a spokesperson for the Minister of Long-Term Care. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have also been sent to the facility to help manage a coronavirus outbreak.
The locations of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton will be made public for the first time on Friday. The Hamilton Spectator reports that the map shows that half the city's cases have been in the populous lower city.
Businesses in communities bordering Hamilton tell the CBC that they're preparing for a rush of customers from the city when they enter Stage 2 of Ontario's recovery plan. Hamilton will stay in Stage 1 until at least June 19, and fewer types of businesses will be open there.
Stores will be opening for a trial period from June 15 to June 1 in Atikameksheng. Standard screening questions will be asked at the border to limit the number of vehicles that can enter the community.
The Anishinabek Nation Youth Facebook page will be holding story time today at 11 a.m.
The Chiefs of Ontario office in Toronto will now be closed until September 1.
The International Falls Bass Championship in the Fort Frances area has been cancelled.
Northwestern Ontario tourism outfitters have scheduled a protest in Vermillion Bay on Saturday. The province is allowing the hunting and fishing lodges to open, but operators say that available assistance will be insufficient to meet their needs.
A new case reported by Algoma Public Health brings the number of total cases in the region to 22.
The City of North Bay is waiving patio fees and expanding its program to include use of sidewalks for outdoor retail.
The Northwestern Health Unit is advising people who shopped at Walmart and No Frills in Kenora between 2 and 4 p.m. on June 4 that there is a very small chance that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.
Thunder Bay municipal child-care staff says that facilities are not yet prepared to open.
As Prince Edward County prepares for the return of seasonal residents and visitors, Mayor Steve Ferguson is urging people to "show patience" and "respect the provincial guidelines."
Peterborough Public Health is hosting a webinar for restaurants and bars today at 1 p.m. to discuss requirements for outdoor seating areas.
Ottawa's city manager said Wednesday that there is "going to be a bit of a lag" when it comes to the opening of Ottawa's pools and service kiosks.
Lambton public health wants to find out why the region was left off the list of areas the province is allowing to lift COVID-19 measures. "We’re going to be asking for greater clarification and potentially suggesting to the province that our numbers are such that we might be able to move along with our neighbours into phase two when they do," Sudit Ranade, Lambton medical officer of health, told the Sarnia Observer.
Cambridge will reopen its city hall to the public on June 15.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is beginning to lift COVID-19 emergency measures and has begun to allow some visitors to see patients.
Many sections of the Bruce Trail, a hiking trail that travels the Niagara Escarpment, are now open, but, according to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, some portions remain closed, including on the Bruce Peninsula and near Hamilton.
Child-care centres and programs may be allowed to reopen as of Friday, but licensed child-care centres in Chatham-Kent will remain closed until further notice, the municipality says in a news release. The centres will be working with health officials to develop protocols to keep children and staff safe.
As of Friday, you may be able to go out for dinner on a patio or to the beach or a shopping mall in Chatham-Kent, but it's going to be a longer wait for municipally operated pools and splash pads, the municipality says in a news release.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced plans to begin public reporting on outbreaks of COVID-19 in general workplaces where there are two or more confirmed cases of the virus.
Front-line health workers who are not receiving a pandemic pay bump protested yesterday in Sarnia, calling for the criteria for workers receiving the pay boost to be broadened, according to the Sarnia Observer.
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