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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 28,709 cases in Ontario, an increase of 446; 801 people are in hospital, 125 of them in intensive care and 87 on ventilators. To date, 2,293 people have died.
- According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 176 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,158 confirmed cases in residents and 1,825 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,465 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.
Premier Doug Ford said today that the government has received more than 25,000 submissions from businesses through its Ontario Together portal; 15,000 of them have led to $200 million in purchases of medical supplies and equipment — 121 million masks, 4 million face shields, 100 million surgical gloves, and 20.9 million gowns.
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Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade, announced that Ontario is investing more than $2.8 million to ramp up the production of PPE. Southmedic, Sterling Industries, and SRB Technologies are the latest recipients of the Ontario Together fund. "With our support," he said, "these innovators will increase their output of personal protective equipment to meet the province's need and help keep our front-line workers and communities safe."
The National Farmers Union-Ontario has launched a study on farm-labour needs on small and mid-size farms. Part of its focus will be to identify upheavals created by COVID-19 and work with its members to address these, the general farm organization says in a news release.
The office of the patient ombudsman will begin an investigation into patient care at the province's long-term-care homes. In a news release, the patient ombudsman's executive director says that the office has received 150 complaints about LTC homes since March. Unlike the ombudsman or the auditor general, the patient ombudsman is not an independent officer of the legislature but instead an employee of the government.
An advocate for migrant-worker reform says that he has heard accounts of employers not taking agricultural migrant workers' complaints of being sick seriously. "Many workers want to speak up for their rights, many workers wonder what to do to ensure that their health is taken care of, but it's this idea that if they speak up, they won't be able to return to Canada," Chris Ramsaroop, a spokesperson for Justice for Migrant Workers tells the CBC.
Greater Toronto Area
- According to today's report, there are 11,513 cases in Toronto, 384 of them in hospital and 82 in intensive care. To date, there have been 150 institutional outbreaks. In total, 835 people have died.
Through the new Step Up to the Plate initiative in support of Food Banks Canada, Rogers Communications and the Jays Care Foundation will be turning the Rogers Centre into a food-bank facility.
The Toronto Board of Health has sent a letter to the province asking it to start collecting occupational and race-based data on COVID-19 cases. “In order to tackle COVID-19, we must fully understand the virus, and who is most at risk,” writes city councillor Joe Cressy.
A mixup between two Toronto-area hospitals meant that about 700 positive COVID-19 test results were not reported to public-health officials, CBC News reports. Public health units became aware of the test results, some of which were conducted in April, only over the past few days.
A $20 million class-action lawsuit against a Scarborough long-term-care home alleges that the facility was under-staffed, failed to have enough personal protective equipment, and did not separate infected residents from non-infected ones. Fifty-three residents of Altamont Care Community have died from COVID-19.
McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton researchers have determined that social distancing, wearing masks, and eye protection will slow the transmission of COVID-19. The researchers had been commissioned by the World Health Organization to review all evidence and studies on the preventative measures.
In a statement marking the beginning of Indigenous History Month, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald writes, "While this year, we will be celebrating differently, due to #COVID19, I encourage all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to participate in the many virtual activities that will be taking place throughout the month. We are in this together."
The Matawa Board of Directors has extended its office closures until June 30.
- The annual Creighton reunion has been postponed until September.
Thunder Bay city council has cancelled summer programs and said that outdoor pools and campgrounds will be closed for the year.
Ottawa Public Health is reporting seven new cases of the coronavirus and four new deaths.
A small business owner in Kingston says that the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program is "failing because it was left in the hand of the landlord."
- Ottawa Tourism will receive $5.2 million from the federal government to "help it bring visitors back to the National Capital Region as the economy reopens."
Selwyn Township has developed an economic-recovery strategy that will see it spend almost $562,000 this year.
The Ontario government has appointed an emergency manager for the Forest Heights long-term-care home in Kitchener. The order gives St. Mary's General Hospital the role of managing the home for 90 days. Fifty-one of the 240 residents of the home have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Erie Shores Health Care, the Windsor and Essex County Health Unit, and Essex-Windsor EMS paramedics are working together to expand testing of migrant agricultural workers in Essex County. As of Monday morning, more than 100 workers were in self-isolation because of COVID-19, and, on Saturday, one worker died in hospital from the virus, a news release from the hospital says.
For the first time in its 31-year history, there will be no WAMBO in Wallaceburg this August. Organizers of the annual Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing say they decided to cancel the event because of COVID-19. “This pandemic has challenged our communities and impacted everyone in some way,” Bill Wolsing, the event's chair, tells Blackburn News.
A poll conducted by the Canadian Council of Hospital Unions and the Canadian Union of Public Employees indicates that many residents in central-southwestern Ontario are not happy with the way the provincial government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations polled 600 people in London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, and Stratford: "62 per cent in London, 68 per cent in Guelph, 54 per cent in Kitchener/Waterloo and 50 per cent in Stratford said, no the province did not plan well."
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