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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 29,747 cases in Ontario, an increase of 344; 749 people are in hospital, 118 of them in intensive care and 94 on ventilators. To date, 2,372 people have died.
- According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 166 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,222 confirmed cases in residents and 1,883 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,519 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.
Premier Doug Ford said today that Ontario will need up to $23 billion dollars to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 and safely reopen the economy. Today's announcement from the federal government, he said, "must be the start of the conversation, not the end ... $14 billion for the country? It's a start — it's a good start, and I thank the prime minister for his support. But the reality is, we have a $23 billion problem in Ontario. And $14 billion for all of Canada? It won't solve the problem." He said he opposed the federal plan for 10 paid sick days, adding that he believes that existing pandemic legislation is sufficient.
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Ford also said that, next week, he'll share more details about Stage 2 of the reopening and lay out a phased plan for reopening child care.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the federal government is ready to contribute $14 billion more "for the things that all Canadians need." In order to develop a safe-restart agreement that will cover the next six to eight months, he said, he and and the premiers will work on ensuring that health-care workers and businesses have access to PPE, that child care is available, that seniors and the vulnerable have immediate assistance, that workers receive sick pay, and that cities and municipalities receive support. "With this safe-restart agreement," he said, "we're proposing a standard of support to keep every Canadian right across the country safe and healthy as we get our country back on their feet."
Trudeau also announced that the government is introducing a one-time, non-taxable payment of up to $600 for Canadians with disabilities. It will also be establishing a national workplace-accessibility stream to help people with disabilities find and keep jobs — and funding five projects that will help people get supportive devices.
The head of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association estimates that half of the industry’s 80,000 employees have been staying away from work since the pandemic hit. “Staff are just quitting because the stigma and the fear is too much for them,” Donna Duncan told the Toronto Star. “We have to replace a workforce. I’m not sure they’re coming back.”
Ontario is the only province continuing to lose jobs in the pandemic, according to the labour-force survey released today by Statistics Canada. For the month of May, employment rose by 290,000 persons in Canada overall (1.8 per cent) but fell by 65,000 in Ontario. The pace of the decline in this province, however, slowed relative to the job losses in April (-403,000).
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to today's report, there are 12,033 cases in Toronto, 352 of them in hospital and 86 in intensive care. To date, there have been 152 institutional outbreaks. In total, 890 people have died.
The City of Toronto, led by Toronto Public Health, is "providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy," a press release states. "Business owners are advised to begin preparing for reopening but are not permitted to begin operating until the revised order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is announced by the Government of Ontario and comes into effect."
- A number of Toronto hospitals are setting up mobile units to conduct testing in at-risk communities.
Markham-based Sienna Senior Living has contacted Peel Regional Police and launched a review of its practices after a health-care worker said she'd witnessed elder abuse at one of the company’s long-term-care homes. “I have witnessed residents being smacked, told to ‘shut up, I am sick of you giving me a hard time,’” she wrote in her complaint.
Sienna Senior Living has also announced that one of its executives is no longer with the company; the executive vice-president of operations was allegedly overheard mocking the families of the residents at one of its Toronto-area long-term care homes.
Hamilton public health confirmed Thursday that two women from the Rosslyn Retirement Residence had died in hospital Wednesday. This brings the home's COVID-19 death toll to 12. It has been Hamilton's deadliest outbreak; nearly a fifth of the home's residents have died. Public health reported nine new COVID-19 cases in Hamilton on Thursday, bringing the city's total confirmed and probable case count to 715. About 76 per cent of cases (542 people) are considered resolved. There have been 40 deaths related to the virus in Hamilton.
Legion branches such as Branch 71 in Fort Erie and Branch 230 in Ridgeway rely on community events for fundraising. COVID-19 has left them low on funds. “I’m seeing our bank balance going down and down,” Branch 71 president Rhonda Rutkowski told Niagara This Week.
A second grocery giveaway will occur today in St. Catharines, the Welland Tribune Reports. Over the last few weeks, an anonymous donor has provided truckloads of groceries to people in Niagara municipalities. On June 12, a second grocery giveaway will take place in Welland.
- Six Nations of the Grand River's Social Services Child & Family Services will be offering virtual community drop-ins for youth (until July 3) and adults (until June 30).
- 2020 graduate Averi Doxtator has started a social-media campaign that encourages people to support Indigenous graduates virtually using the hashtag #Indigenous Grad 2020.
- Chippewas of the Thames First Nation opened a COVID-19 assessment centre Wednesday.
Although northwestern Ontario outfitters can open hunting and fishing lodges today, operators say that their season remains at risk, as the Canada-U.S. border remains closed to non-essential traffic.
The City of Timmins will reopen city hall on June 10 for limited services for property-tax and water bills. Payments can be made by debit only, and a maximum of three visitors will be permitted at any one time. All other services will be delivered by phone or electronically.
The Ministry of Energy, Northern Affairs and Mines is seeking input for a business-impact survey of northern Ontario businesses.
Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is offering virtual bike rodeos and tours of neighbourhoods around the city.
Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health, and Brent Moloughney, an associate medical officer of health, released a statement today addressing racism and the public-health ramifications of protesting and COVID-19. "Some people have been describing this week’s marches as a conflict between democracy and protecting the health of the population. I don’t see it that way. There are two challenges to the health of the population that are raised by the marches. And, one of them has far deeper roots and has had negative impacts on public health for far longer than the other," it reads in part. "Anti-black racism and racism against minorities makes our population less healthy. Racism, discrimination and stigma are associated with poorer physical, mental and emotional health and greater mortality. My job is to not only control infectious diseases but also to promote the health of the population by working with others to ensure fair opportunities for health."
Ottawa Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre. There are currently 17 institutional outbreaks in the city.
There are 14,000 fewer people working in Peterborough than there were in May 2019.
The Ottawa Citizen reports that staff at the Peter D. Clark long-term-care facility had raised concerns over the lack of a strategy to contain an outbreak there; six residents and one health-care worker have died.
Kingston's Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home is offering drive-thru visitations. “Now, during this challenging time, we’re endeavouring to serve families, to provide them with options so that they can remember their loved one in a way that’s meaningful to them,” general manager Eric Thompson told the Kingston Whig-Standard. “We’ve had to be more creative and mindful during the restrictions in this time.
Trent Lakes mayor Janet Clarkson is voicing concerns about local Airbnb rentals. “I think any of the cottage population that’s going to come, they probably have a pretty good handle on what’s required of them," she told the Peterborough Examiner. "But these people at the Airbnbs, they couldn’t care less."
On Monday, Guelph buses will begin allowing more than 10 people onboard at the same time, but the city's transit authority is asking commuters to wear masks.
The dean of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph is among dozens of signatories to an open letter from animal-livestock and feed organizations around the world that refutes "claims that livestock and modern agriculture were somehow the source of the pandemic."
Beginning next Wednesday, Cambridge Centre for the Arts will host a series of six online information sessions with University of Waterloo experts about COVID-19.
Kitchener is projecting a municipal deficit of $5.6 million because of COVID-19-related spending and revenue loss.
The Kitchener Market will reopen June 13 for the regular Saturday farmers' market, but its food hall will remain closed until further notice.
The St. Clair Conservation Authority has announced that two of its overnight campgrounds are open as of today and that a third will open on June 10.
Huron Perth's medical officer of health is concerned that two new cases in the area may indicate that residents are not taking appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “During our contact tracing work on recent confirmed cases, we’re noticing that people are identifying more contacts and I’m worried that residents have become complacent about protecting themselves and their families,” Miriam Klassen said in a news release.
Hospitals in the London area have developed a phased approach to reintroducing clinical services, including elective surgeries that had to be postponed because of COVID-19, Blackburn News reports.
The Region of Waterloo council has struck an ad hoc post-COVID-19 committee to address the area's economic recovery.
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