COVID-19: What you need to know for June 12

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 12, 2020

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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. 

Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 182 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 31,726 since the pandemic began; 527 people are in hospital, 114 of them in intensive care and 84 on ventilators. To date, 2,498 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 75 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,314 confirmed cases in residents, and 1,984 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,606 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The province will allow households to create “social circles” of up to 10 people. Get all the details here.

  • Ontario will spend $15 million to help farmers and agri-food employers acquire personal protective equipment for their workers. The announcement comes after a number of large outbreaks of COVID-19 among migrant workers working on farms in the province's southwest. According to a provincial news release, the allocation triples a previous provincial allocation of $4.5 million.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that military support to Ontario's long-term-care homes has been extended to June 26. "Our women and women in uniform are doing a remarkable job, and their help is still needed," he said. "So we're making sure that our elders continue to have this vital support." He also said that the government will be mandating temperature screening for all air passengers through a phased approach — first for those travelling to Canada, then for those travelling from Canada, and, finally, for those travelling within Canada. No one with a fever will be allowed to board a flight.

  • The Ontario government is providing $1 million to the Student Nutrition Program, which provides schoolchildren with healthy meals and snacks in normal times and has since transitioned to providing families with grocery-store gift cards and delivered boxed meals or meal kits.

  • As of June 15, the Ontario government will be lifting the recommended 30-day supply limit for dispensing Ontario Drug Benefit program medications. 

  • According to Unifor, Loblaws will be ending its $2 per hour pandemic pay bump for employees this weekend. The union says there is no justification for ending the wage increase, as the pandemic is not over and workers remain at risk.

  • Greg Rickford, the minister of energy, mines, northern development and Indigenous affairs, says Ontario's regional approach to reopening was in part spurred by incidents of crowding in Toronto's Trinity Bellwood Park.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 86 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 13149 since the pandemic began; 310 of them are in hospital and 73 in intensive care. To date, there have been 157 institutional outbreaks. In total, 973 people have died. The city has launched a new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard for the public that indicates the progress it is making in the fight against COVID-19.
  • This weekend will see more road closures in Toronto as part of ActiveTO; 65 kilometres of quiet streets will also be available throughout the city.
  • Mayor John Tory said today that Toronto anticipates a gradual reopening of city-run child-care centres starting June 29.
  • Tory also announced today that the City of Toronto "is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 City sites." The city-operated Saturday farmers’ market at the St. Lawrence Market will open its seasonal outdoor-market areas tomorrow.
  • Metrolinx has announced that midday and weekend train service on the Stouffville GO rail line will be replaced with bus service due to low ridership during the pandemic, allowing Metrolinx to expedite construction projects along the rail line.

  • Brampton Transit will distribute 100,000 non-medical masks to its riders for free starting the week of June 22, until supplies last.
  • Toronto city councillor Michael Ford, nephew of Premier Doug Ford, has been hospitalized after experiencing some symptoms of COVID-19. Councillor Ford, who has not been in contact with the premier for weeks, tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

  • A two-month outbreak of COVID-19 at Orchard Villa long-term-care home in Pickering has been declared over. The home was the site of one of the worst outbreaks in the province, with more than 70 resident deaths.

  • The COVID-19 outbreak at Hamilton General Hospital is over, meaning that the city is outbreak-free. Hamilton public health reported five new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 751 confirmed and probable cases. Of those, 595 cases are now resolved.

  • McMaster University has announced that its tuition will not change in the fall, despite the fact that the majority of classes will be moving online.

  • The Hamilton Public Library will begin curbside pickup of on-hold items on June 23.

  • Niagara transit operators are encouraging mask use on buses. In Hamilton, mask use will be mandatory as of June 22 but not enforced for children under two or people who say they have breathing problems, the Niagara Falls Review reports

Indigenous

  • Ottawa’s Summer Solstice Indigenous festival has gone online with arts and crafts, a social-distance powwow, workshops, and a virtual market place.

  • NAN Elders are reminding community members that ceremonial fires are allowed as long as the local Ministry of Natural Resources is informed ahead of time and told when the fire will take place and for how long and that is it for the grieving process. 

Northern

Eastern

Southwestern

  • While COVID-19 cases in the Waterloo Region appear to be on the wane, cases that are showing up are appearing in those under 40, the Waterloo Record reports.

  • The Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre is on partial lockdown so that cleaning can take place after an inmate there tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Businesses in Guelph will be allowed to expand temporary seating outdoors (with appropriate municipal approvals) starting this weekend as the city relaxes COVID-19 emergency measures.

  • Beaches in Elgin County, including Port Stanley, will reopen on June 22.

  • The Windsor Star reports that some hotel and motel operators are "shying away from offering beds to some of those employed at farms, which have become the new hot zones for COVID-19 cases."

  • Lambton County warden Bill Weber said yesterday that he has not yet heard back from Health Minister Christine Elliott about his request for the region to be included in Stage 2 of the province's reopening.

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