COVID-19: What you need to know for March 24 — evening edition

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Mar 27, 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

  • Calling it a recognition of shared sacrifice by Ontarians, Premier Doug Ford confirmed at Queen’s Park this afternoon that time-of-use billing will effectively be suspended in the province: residential, small-business, and farm customers will pay the lowest off-peak rate for electricity for the next 45 days.
  • Ford also addressed why the government is allowing condo-construction sites to continue to operate despite mandatory closures elsewhere, saying that some sites have homes days or weeks away from completion and that the government wants families to be able to move into new homes as quickly as possible.

Greater Toronto Area

  • The City of Toronto has announced a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the shelter system. Both individuals are recovering in isolation, and the cases are not known to be connected.

  • The City of Toronto's social-housing provider, Toronto Community Housing, announced today that it will recalculate the monthly rents for tenants who have lost their income as a result of COVID-19 and are part of the city's rent-geared-to-income population, or about 90 per cent of TCH's tenants. Those tenants who pay market rents will have their cases assessed individually. Mayor John Tory is also calling on private landlords to accomodate their tenants whenever possible. "[T]he Mayor strongly urges all property owners to find ways to help tenants who need it to stay in their homes during these unprecedented times," a city press release stated.


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Northern

  • Thunder Bay Shelter House has suspended its SOS program. The homeless shelter's outreach van serves homeless people living outdoors, handing out clean needles, blankets, condoms, and other health necessities.

Eastern

  • The City of Peterborough has announced that the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre will be converted into an emergency shelter space for the city's most vulnerable residents. The Brock Mission and the overflow-shelter program will be relocated to the sports centre. 

  • The City of Kawartha Lakes has declared a state of emergency in order to allow the municipality to "mobilize local resources" to support its COVID-19 efforts. 
  • The City of Belleville announced Tuesday morning that it will move forward on major capital projects, including the Bell Boulevard widening project, the Sagonaska Bridge rehabilitation project, and the Moira Street West watermain replacement. The city says that it has "moved quickly to implement social distancing requirements and cautionary measures during the COVID-19 crisis" to allow the projects to proceed. 

Southwestern

  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed today that a man in his eighties has COVID-19. The man is in stable condition at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph.

  • One case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for each of the following regions: Grey-Bruce, Windsor-Essex, and Brant County. Waterloo Region has two new cases; one of the patients is in hospital.

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