COVID-19: What you need to know for June 9

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 09, 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 31,090 cases in Ontario, an increase of 230; 600 people are in hospital, 116 of them in intensive care and 88 on ventilators. To date, 2,464 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 78 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,274 confirmed cases in residents and 1,948 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,585 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 said today that child-care centres will be permitted to reopen as of June 12, with some restrictions: for example, there will be limits placed on the number of children at the centres at any given time, and there will be "more screening and more cleaning." Summer day camps will also be allowed to open, with some restrictions, as part of Stage 2. "In coming weeks," he said "we will to continue to plan for the next phase of child-care reopening and work on our plan to reopen schools." 
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the launch of a website that will connect businesses looking for PPE with supplies. He also confirmed media reports that the federal government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, including penalties for anyone who "knowingly and wrongly" applied for the CERB when they were not eligible for it.
  • Ontario University Athletics has announced the cancellation of all OUA-sanctioned sport programming and championships until December 31. “Unprecedented times require unprecedented action, which is what led us to this difficult decision,” Mike DeGagné, chair of the board of directors, said in a press release. “The health of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and fans is our number one priority, and after significant consultation, we believe that OUA sport cannot be delivered prior to December 31.”

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 12,828 cases in Toronto, 335 of them in hospital and 77 in intensive care. To date, there have been 155 institutional outbreaks. In total, 952 people have died. 
  • Mayor John Tory today announced an expansion of the Toronto Bike Share program, which sees users rent bikes for short periods before returning them to docking stations. The network of bike-docking stations will now include 20 of the city's 25 wards, and the latest expansion will also include the program's first e-bikes. Tory told reporters Tuesday that the expansion will help Torontonians travel around the city in a safe, efficient way as Toronto tries to plan for the post-COVID-19 future.

  • The Globe and Mail reports that at least five hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area are unable to resume elective surgeries because they’re too full, "primarily because of seniors who can’t be transferred to unsafe nursing homes, and patients who put off essential care for fear of COVID-19."

  • Hamilton health officials have launched a social-media campaign aimed at young people after noticing a jump in COVID-19 cases among people under 30. In the past 10 days, about 40 per cent of new confirmed cases in the city have been people between the ages of 20 and 29.

  • Norfolk County mayor Kristal Chopp says it's “completely unacceptable” that Haldimand-Norfolk will stay in Stage 1 while other parts of the province move to reopen, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Chopp says that most of the area's cases are in long-term-care facilities and one farm. Haldimand mayor Ken Hewitt called the decision "disappointing," saying there was a lack of consultation from the province. 

  • Niagara Liberal MP Vance Badawey is calling on the federal government to conduct in-person inspections on farms that employ migrant workers to ensure employers are providing adequate protections against COVID-19. Badaway told the St. Catharines Standard that in-person inspections are more effective than virtual inspections. At Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines, at least 65 people tested positive. 

  • The Welland Tribune reports that restrictions will ease on the St. Lawrence Seaway's eight-lock Welland Canal and Lake Ontario-Montreal section, allowing for more pleasure-craft traffic. 

Indigenous

  • M’Chigeeng First Nation has announced that, due to the current low risk of COVID-19 in the Manitoulin-Sudbury District, highway checkpoints will be decommissioned

  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Band Administration has made PPE kits available for purchase to community members. 

  • Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is holding virtual storytelling circles on Monday evenings and Friday afternoons for the month of June. 

Northern

  • Thunder Bay tourism manager Paul Pepe predicts it will take between 18 and 36 months for the local industry to recover from the COVID-19 lockdown.

  • Ian Gemmill, Northwestern Health Unit's medical officer of health, is calling for more testing in correctional facilities. Only 20 per cent of inmates at the Kenora District Jail were tested before two were found to be positive this weekend. 

  • Gemmill has also said that he believes the Wabaseemoong First Nation (Whitedog) man who tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend "most likely picked up the virus while travelling to visit family in Thunder Bay."

  • Support from the Thunder Bay COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is helping the outreach team from the NorWest Community Health Centres supply food boxes and conduct wellness checks

Eastern

  • Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre has decided to cancel its summer season.

  • Peterborough councillor Stephen Wright was removed as economic vice-chair following a controversial trip to New Brunswick last month to see how restaurant reopenings were working.

  • Ottawa will run day camps beginning July 6, "on the condition that provincial restrictions are relaxed to allow day camps for children and in accordance to the stage two guidelines announced by the province." 

  • One-day COVID-19 testing clinics will open at seven locations across Peterborough County beginning June 9.

  • Politicians in Peterborough County are concerned that people from the GTA will travel there to access services after the province announced a regional approach to reopening. 

Southwestern

  • Chatham-Kent has announced that it will close its personal protective equipment donation centre on June 19. A news release announcing the closure says the centre had received 54,612 items since it opened on April 15.

  • London has established a back-to-business action team and intake portal to help local businesses expedite their requests to local government in connection with reopening.

  • London has announced that, beginning June 15, it will reintroduce access to some services — including marriage licences, civil ceremonies, freedom of information requests, and in-person payment of invoices — at city hall. At that time, it will also resume some public processes, such as public-participation meetings. 

  • The Town of the South Bruce Peninsula has reopened its beaches and parks to walk-throughs, including Sauble Beach. At its meeting last week, the municipality also greenlit the August Long Weekend Special event, pending the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

  • Unlike much of the rest of the Ontario southwestern region, neither Windsor-Essex County nor Sarnia-Lambton County will be allowed to lift COVID-19 restrictions. In a news release, Lambton Public Health noted that its area "has been identified by the province as a border region that will not progress to Stage 2 at this time." The release says that the area, nevertheless, "is currently performing well in key public health COVID-19 indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing."

  • A long-running downtown Windsor restaurant was evicted from its premises last weekend after it fell behind on rent payments during the COVID-19 shutdown, the Windsor Star reports. Its lawyer says the restaurant falls between the cracks of emergency-support programs, primarily because it made too much money to qualify.

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