COVID-19: What you need to know for March 28-29

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Mar 28, 2020

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This article was updated at 5:34 p.m.

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

  • As of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, there are 1,324 confirmed active positive cases in Ontario. In total, eight cases have been resolved; 23 people have died (although the government website notes that two deaths are not lab confirmed). 

  • At a press conference this morning, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $7.5 million in funding for Kids Help Phone and $9 million for the United Way's New Horizons program for seniors.

  • Starting Tuesday, VIA Rail will be reducing service between Ottawa and Toronto and Ottawa and Montreal to one train daily.

  • The government has issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that prohibits public events and social gatherings of more than five people. It does not apply to households with more than five people or to child-care centres that support front-line workers (as long as the number of people doesn't exceed 50). Funerals with up to 10 people will be allowed to proceed.

  • At a press conference Saturday, Premier Doug Ford announced that businesses that egregiously increase prices of essential items during the state of emergency will be subject to the penalties of the Emergency Management and Preparedness Act, with potential jail time of up to one year and fines of up to $100,000 for individuals and $10 million for corporations.

  • At a press conference Saturday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that, as of Monday at noon, "people showing any signs whatsoever of COVID-19 will be denied boarding on all domestic flights and intercity passenger trains."

  • The Ontario government has proclaimed the Supply Chain Management Act, part of the 2019 legislation accompanying the fall economic statement. The law gives the government the power to consolidate public-sector procurement and was passed by MPPs in a vote last December. Minister of Health Christine Elliott says the law will let the government work "with innovators and businesses across the province who can supply emergency products and cutting-edge solutions to support ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19."

  • The Ontario Retirement Communities Association is asking its members to delay accepting patients from hospitals "until the centralized guideline framework can be finalized with government."

Greater Toronto Area

  • As of 1:35 p.m. Sunday, there are 540 confirmed cases in Toronto. Twenty-four people have recovered, 39 are in hospital, 18 in intensive care, and four people have died.
  • The Real Canadian Superstore on Gibb Street, in Oshawa, confirmed in a Facebook post on March 28 that a second employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The store's manager, 48-year-old Keith Saunders, died earlier this week. 
  • The City of Toronto announced Saturday that it has received authorization from the province to "open four licensed child care centres specifically to provide care for children of essential and critical service workers. Centres are located across Toronto in existing City-run licensed child care facilities and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers."
  • An employee from an LCBO store in North York has tested positive for COVID-19. "The LCBO has several measures to keep our employees and customers safe, including increased cleaning and sanitization, implementing measures in store that promote physical distancing and introducing new HR policies in support of all employees," the Crown corporation said in a statement.
  • Durham Region Transit is limiting bus loads "to support customers’ social distancing practices."

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