COVID-19: What you need to know for June 26

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 26, 2020



This article was last updated at 4:36 p.m. 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 111 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 34,316 since the pandemic began; 256 people are in hospital, 61 of them in intensive care and 41 on ventilators. To date, 2,644 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 69 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,445 confirmed cases in residents, and 2,268 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,692 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 that the government is issuing $4 million in grants for seniors. "This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors' safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly," a press release states.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that Canadian Armed Forces members remain in one Ontario LTC home but will likely be able to leave in the coming days after the situation has stabilized.

  • A new study by researchers at two Ontario universities and Public Health Ontario suggests that seniors living in four-bed dormatory-style rooms in some long-term-care facilities had double the chance of contracting COVID-19, the National Post reports.

  • Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says he’s hearing reports from doctors of people between 20 and 39 who initially had mild COVID-19 symptoms coming back with "prolonged effects and issues." "I wouldn’t be too casual about not caring about getting infected, because it's a new disease and we still have a lot to learn," David Williams said.

  • Health and legal experts are questioning the province's decision to allow migrant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic to continue to work. Alon Vaisman, an infectious-disease expert at University Health Network in Toronto tells the CBC that "allowing them to work is of course generally speaking a bad idea."

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country is close to being self-sufficient when it comes to manufacturing personal protective equipment.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 40 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 14,134 since the pandemic began; 233 of them are in hospital and 60 in intensive care. To date, there have been 165 institutional outbreaks. In total, 1,072 people have died.

  • The City of Toronto announced that, as of today, 15 outdoor pools are now open. All of the city's 140 splash-pad locations will be open by tomorrow.

  • Toronto Public Health today announced a new pilot partnership with Michael Garron Hospital and the University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital. "These health system partners are testing a process to share positive COVID-19 lab results directly from the Assessment Centres to Toronto Public Health," a press release states. "Accessing results directly from assessment centres will help TPH identify and isolate people who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts, sooner."

  • The Toronto District School Board told CP24 today that it will permit the more than 200 child-care centres its schools to reopen on July 2 “provided they have authorization from the Ministry of Education.”

  • Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti moved a motion yesterday at York Regional Council "to make wearing masks mandatory at all indoor spaces, and in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible."

  • The city of Hamilton has revoked the Rosslyn Retirement Residence's business licence, the CBC reports. The care facility was the site of Hamilton's deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, with 86 residents and staff contracting the virus and 16 dying. The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority had already revoked the home's licence to operate. The residence can appeal both decisions. 

  • Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger's office said he will be tested for COVID-19 today after exhibiting symptoms of the virus, the CBC reports.

  • Niagara Falls will close a section of street to vehicle traffic so that businesses can install patios to attract more customers, the Niagara Falls Review reports.


  • Indigenous Grad 2020 will be held online tonight at 8 p.m. EST. People are invited to share images, videos, and reflections to "recognize the Indigenous graduates in your family and community from kindergarten to high school to college to university, and everything in between."  

  • Six Nations of the Grand River has released an information sheet on how to safely have a pool party during COVID-19.


  • Washroom facilities at some waterfront areas in Greater Sudbury will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily as of June 26. Municipal campgrounds at Ella Lake, Whitewater Lake, and Centennial Park will open tomorrow. 

  • As of yesterday, additional city-owned outdoor amenities in Timmins — including Gillies Lake Beach, public washrooms at Hollinger and White Water parks, open spaces and parks, and sporting fields — are open, with certain restrictions and public-health measures in place.

  • Jerry Lava, president of the Kenora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, says the local legion is in "desperate need" of financial assistance, the Kenora Miner & News reports.

  • The Fort Frances Fun in the Sun Mini King and Queen contest has been cancelled for 2020, the Fort Frances Times reports.


  • An individual who has since tested positive played golf at Amherstview Golf Club, in Kingston, on Monday evening. One employee who came into contact with this individual has also now tested positive. In response, the golf course will be closing down the patio and bar until all hospitality staff have been tested. 

  • There are now 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with an outbreak at a Kingston nail salon, CTV News reports.

  • Kingston restaurant servers are worried for their safety as the city experiences a sharp increase in active COVID-19 cases, Global News reports.

  • The City of Peterborough is setting up water refill stations at a number of locations, to ensure that homeless and marginalized people have access to fresh water throughout the summer, the Peterborough Examiner reports.

  • According to the city's treasurer, Peterborough could face $2.8 million in lost revenue in 2021, the Peterborough Examiner reports.


  • Cambridge has announced a new lineup of summer day camps for kids. The recreation, specialty arts, and online camps "will adhere to the health guidelines that have been set by Waterloo Region Public Health and the Province of Ontario," the city's news release says.

  • Migrant workers in Lambton County will be tested for COVID-19, Bill Weber, the county's warden, tells Blackburn News.

  • Two regional transit projects serving Stratford, St. Marys, and the surrounding area are on hold because of COVID-19, the Stratford Beacon Herald reports. On Monday, Stephanie Potter, the city's policy and research associate, told Stratford council, “We are working with the service provider to keep the project moving forward, but unfortunately we are not able to obtain a licence at this time because the (phone) numbers at (the ministry’s public transit office) were not working at the office and they’re not able to process applications while working out of the office, and they’re not able to provide a timeline for when they will be back in the office.”

  • Swimming lessons will take place in London this summer — with social-distancing measures reducing class sizes, and instructors teaching at a distance, the city has announced.

  • An affordable housing project in Windsor has been put on hold for two years, largely because of the COVID-19 crisis, the Windsor Star reports.

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