COVID-19: What you need to know for June 25

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 25, 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 189 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 34,205 since the pandemic began; 270 people are in hospital, 69 of them in intensive care and 47 on ventilators. To date, 2,641 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 70 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,436 confirmed cases in residents, and 2,258 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,689 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Premier Doug Ford today announced $13 million in youth funding to help young people find recovery opportunities in the pandemic. The funding will go to 43 different groups, including those that support Black and Indigenous people and newcomers in Ontario.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant program, which provides young people with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 for volunteering with local organizations to support the country's response to COVID-19. He also said that 10,000 new job placements would be available through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

  • WestJet Airlines says it will permanently lay off 3,333 employees across Canada as it struggles to deal with the collapse of air travel during the pandemic, the Toronto Star reports.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 65 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 14,094 since the pandemic began; 249 of them are in hospital and 62 in intensive care. To date, there have been 165 institutional outbreaks. In total, 1,070 people have died.

  • The City of Toronto announced today that "beginning June 29, 11 of the 47 City of Toronto-operated Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Centres (TELCCC) will reopen to support parents returning to work and to help with the restart of the economy."

  • A number of Toronto Blue Jays players and staff preparing in Florida for a pandemic-shortened baseball season have tested positive for COVID-19, TSN has confirmed. It is not known which team members and staff have tested positive.

  • In a report released today, Eileen de Villa, the city’s public health chief, recommends that Toronto offer free hotel rooms to people infected with COVID-19 who would have trouble self-isolating at home. Similar programs already exist in cities such as Chicago and New York.

  • After joining thousands of Canadian health-care workers who called for mask wearing to be made mandatory in public, Niagara’s top infection-control doctor now says he's changed his mind. Karim Ali says he reviewed a study shared on Twitter by Niagara's medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, and now believes there isn't strong enough evidence to support making mask-wearing recommendations into rules, the St. Catharines Standard reports.

  • Visitors will gradually be able to return to Hamilton hospitals, the Hamilton Spectator reports. On Wednesday, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton said they will reintroduce visitors under strict physical-distancing rules after months of banning most visits.

  • Niagara Regional police say they have seized thousands of N95 masks and bottles of hand sanitizer worth about $767,000. As CBC Hamilton reports, the supplies had allegedly been purchased during the pandemic using a fraudulent bank draft. Police say they arrested a 34-year-old Woodbridge man and charged him with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

  • Hamilton is allowing 22 people to ride on each regular-sized bus and 33 on each articulated bus. At the pandemic's height, ridership was limited to 10 and 15, respectively. This increase has meant that the number of people getting passed by full buses, unable to get on, has dropped from hundreds per day to 12 as of Tuesday, the CBC reports.

  • The Building Industry and Land Development Association says that the number of new-construction home sales in the Toronto area has dropped 81 per cent year over year, the Toronto Star reports. That’s the lowest level of sales since May of 2000.

Indigenous

  • A survey of 241 community members in Six Nations of the Grand River found that 70.1 per cent report feeling "fear" that COVID-19 is in the community. Between 9.5 per cent and 16.6 per cent are in favour of opening businesses and barricades immediately with no safeguards, but 58.5 per cent to 65.1 per cent are in support of reopening stores with meaningful safeguards and clear regulations in place.

  • Ottawa Public Health has created a COVID-19 resource page for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis community members.

Northern

  • As of June 26, the Timmins Transit Terminal will reopen with public-health measures in place, and fare collection will resume.

  • The 55 Plus Centre, Thunder Bay's active-living seniors recreation centre, will remain closed until at least the end of August, TBNewswatch reports.

  • Kenora will hold a virtual high-school graduation on Thursday with student videos, KenoraOnline reports. On Wednesday, graduates will gather – while social distanced — along the city's waterfront for a vehicle parade.

  • According to KenoraOnline, the Kenora hospital will now be open to visitors from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Eastern

  • People who used the services of Binh's Nails and Spa in Kingston's west end between June 12 and June 24 are required to self-isolate and get tested after the public-health unit confirmed an outbreak at the salon, Kingstonist reports.

  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 in Kingston on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases in the region to five. One week ago, there were zero active cases in the Kingston area, Global News reports.

  • Ottawa Tourism has launched a "savings passport" coupon book that includes discounts and free gifts at local businesses, CTV News reports.

Southwestern

  • Windsor business owners are preparing to reopen their businesses as the region shifts to Stage 2, the Windsor Star reports. Meanwhile, in Leamington — which, along with Kingsville, must continue with full emergency measures — the municipality's mayor tells the Windsor Star it's unfair to blame the greenhouse industry for the volume of migrant workers who have contracted COVID-19.

  • The Windsor Independent Film Festival is cancelling its November festival this year, Blackburn News reports.

  • On Wednesday, Chatham-Kent's medical officer of health issued an order for those who own or operate agricultural businesses and employ temporary foreign workers that requires them to comply with quarantine measures if workers test positive for COVID-19 and imposes measures such as gathering worker contact information, mandatory testing for all workers who have just arrived from an area where community transmission of the virus is still active, and daily screening. Those who don't comply will be fined up to $5,000 for a person and $25,000 for a business.

  • Chris Mackie, the Middlesex-London Health Unit's medical officer of health, said Tuesday that “at this point, we don’t believe a mandatory [mask] order is appropriate,” the London Free Press reports

  • The City of Windsor will be taking Canada Day celebrations online: "A virtual fireworks display, painted rocks and decorated porches will help us celebrate together while being apart," a press release states

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