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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 157 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 35,068 since the pandemic began; 213 people are in hospital, 42 of them in intensive care and 34 on ventilators. To date, 2,672 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 55 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 184 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 316 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 1,809 confirmed resident deaths and seven confirmed staff deaths.
In-person proceedings will begin resuming in Ontario courts on July 6.
The Ontario government will be offering free day use at all provincial parks on Canada Day. And, starting July 4, the province will be offering free fishing for two weeks.
The group Justice for Migrant Workers is calling on Ontario to shut down the agricultural sector until adequate health and safety measures to protect farm workers can be implemented, CTV News reports. “Our message to provincial and federal politicians — stop murdering migrants by your inactions,” the group said in a statement.
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The province has denied a request from mayors across the GTA to make face coverings mandatory, Global News reports. The provincial government says that local officers of health have the authority to require masks if they think it necessary.
A Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine will be starting clinical trials in humans in the next few weeks, CTV News reports.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
According to today's report, there are 50 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 14,320 since the pandemic began; 214 of them are in hospital and 55 in intensive care. To date, there have been 168 institutional outbreaks. In total, 1,093 people have died.
Toronto city council today approved a temporary bylaw that will make masks and face coverings in indoor public spaces mandatory. The bylaw will come into effect on July 7.
As of July 2, the TTC will be introducing operational changes, "including making face coverings mandatory, starting all-door boarding and bringing back fareboxes on buses." The TTC will be distributing 1 million single-use non-medical masks.
Peel’s medical officer of health and the mayors of Brampton, Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon today announced "plans to explore measures, such as a temporary by-law, that would require residents to wear a non-medical mask inside public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19."
The City of Toronto announced yesterday that city council had approved the CaféTO report, "which directs the City to take quick action and make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars." The first CaféTO locations are expected to be in place as of July 1.
Hamilton is seeing a shift from leaders on mandatory masking. Last week, Hamilton's associate medical officer of health said that people in the city would not be forced to wear masks outside LTC facilities and public transit. "While not mandatory, as businesses start to reopen, it is strongly recommended to wear a non-medical, cloth face mask when out in public indoors and especially when physically distancing isn’t possible," Ninh Tran said in a statement to TVO.org on Thursday. Yesterday, Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger’s office released a statement saying that GTHA mayors and chairs are calling on the province to make mask-wearing mandatory in indoor public settings.
The provincial retirement-home regulator says that the site manager of Hamilton's Rosslyn Retirement Residence, where the city's deadliest outbreak occured, tried to obstruct an inspection of the facility. As CBC Hamilton reports, the regulator says the home's site manager lied about leaving for a medical appointment to go meet with former staff in an attempt to influence the inspection. The regulator revoked the home's licence on June 15. The Hamilton Spectator reports that Rossyln is appealing the decision.
Niagara Falls needs to come up with $4.6 million in revenue from OLG by the end of 2020 to meet its funding commitments. Casinos remain closed until Stage 3 of Ontario's reopening plan, but the city has pledged to spend revenue it makes from them on various types of projects, programs, and initiatives. The city's finance director told Niagara Falls Review she hopes they can come up with the money by the end of the year.
- The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte have announced the reopening plan for Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. As of last Friday, parks (but not playground equipment), the skate park, lacrosse box, and Quinte Mohawk School’s track are open for use. Starting July 3, churches will be allowed to hold services as long as they follow guidelines, and, starting July 10, campsites, cottages, and short-term rentals can open.
Matawa First Nation is providing contactless food-hamper pick-up and deliveries to off-reserve members.
One new case has been reported in North Bay, according to the North Bay Nugget.
The Town of Kirkland Lake has cancelled its usual Canada Day celebrations and will be offering a scavenger hunt and virtual celebrations.
As of today, inmates at the Thunder Bay District Jail and correctional centre will be able to see visitors, TBNewswatch reports.
Ottawa bylaw officers will increase their patrols in public places in the city on Canada Day to help ensure that residents respect COVID-19 measures and protocols, CTV News reports.
Cobourg town council voted Monday night to keep Cobourg Beach closed for the summer "to ensure our community remains protected" during COVID-19.
A fourth nail salon in Kingston has been fined and ordered closed for not following COVID-19 emergency orders, Kingstonist reports.
Huron-Perth's medical officer of health has issued an order that requires employers of migrant workers to ensure that employees self-isolate as necessary, work exclusively in one workplace, and are able to communicate with the health unit if case and contact management is required, among other measures. No outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on farms in the area, the London Free Press reports.
work only at one facility and to self-isolate as necessary, among other measures. No outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on farms in the area, the London Free Press reports.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports that there are 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of today; six are farm workers, and four are health workers.
Cambridge won't be accepting bookings for any of its room or facility rentals until September 7. The move will allow staff to better observe COVID-19 social-distancing measures for programming, the city says in a news release.
Health officials and local groups are working to contain outbreaks of COVID-19 among farm workers in Essex County after two days of new testing results in the region indicated 185 new cases, the Windsor Star reports.
Londoners can celebrate Canada Day at home with online activities this year, the city says in a news release, noting that restrictions on public gatherings are still in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A man coughed in the face of a Guelph employee who was screening people using a local splash pad. The employee is now self-isolating, and the city has stepped up security at the recreation area, the CBC reports.
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