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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 21,494 cases in Ontario, an increase of 258; 1,026
people are in hospital, 184 of them in intensive care and 141 on ventilators. To date, 1,798 people have died.
- According to today's report from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 185 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2,501 confirmed cases in residents and 1,668 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,308 confirmed resident deaths and five staff deaths.
- Barbara Yaffe, the associate chief medical officer of health, said today that 3,607 health-care workers have tested positive to date. She also said that 69 retirement homes are in outbreak, and 172 residents have died.
The Ontario government on Thursday released its framework for Stage 1 of the economic-restart phase of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more from John Michael McGrath — and check out the full document.
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The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.25 million "to help farmers better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy food products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced $470 million in funding for fish harvesters. Through the Fish Harvesters' Benefit, those who are expecting a 25 per cent drop in income this season will receive support to cover 75 per cent of losses, up to about $10,000. It will also be introducing non-repayable grants of up to $10,000 for fish harvesters who own their business. Ottawa will be changing employment-insurance rules so that harvesters can apply for EI benefits based on earnings from previous years. For farmers and aquaculture fisheries, it is launching a $100 million agricultural and food-business-solutions fund through Farm Credit Canada.
Trudeau also announced that some national parks will be partially reopening at the beginning of June. People will be able to use trails and green spaces where physical distancing is possible.
Minister of Health Christine Elliott tweeted this morning that, as the government's push to test all residents and staff in long-term-care homes winds down, the province is going to make testing available to any Ontarian with symptoms of the disease.
The union representing Canadian meat-plant inspectors says that 40 of its members have COVID-19.
Health Canada has announced a recall of KN95 respirator masks made by dozens of Chinese companies because they fail to filter out enough airborne particles.
Greater Toronto Area
- According to today's report, there are 8,097 cases in Toronto, 405 of them in hospital and 97 in intensive care. To date, there have been 126 institutional outbreaks. In total, 648 people have died.
- Toronto mayor John Tory said that the city is ready to open its off-leash dog parks as early as Saturday (but needs confirmation from the province) and that five golf courses will open Saturday with physical-distancing measures. He also announced that city is installing 57 kilometres of quiet streets across Toronto — a press release states that "the ActiveTO program will provide more space for people to be physically active and improve physical distancing as part of the City's restart and recovery in the wake of COVID-19."
- The City of Pickering yesterday passed a unanimous motion asking the federal and provincial governments to conduct an investigation into the outbreaks at the Orchard Villa long-term-care and retirement facility, where at least 72 residents have died.
- The Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre, one of seven emergency child-care centres set up by the City of Toronto for the children of essential workers, reopened today. It had been closed since April 28 due to an outbreak.
- Almost 50 civil-society groups in Toronto are calling on Mayor John Tory and city council to install 100 kilometres of bikeways: "Many cities around the world have already provided alternatives to transit by installing temporary bikeways, ranging from dozens to hundreds of kilometres, to allow essential workers to reach workplaces, and other residents to obtain daily necessities. We urge Toronto to do the same."
Toronto Western Hospital has declared its fifth COVID-19 outbreak after five emergency-room staff tested positive.
The Toronto Zoo has announced that it has developed a plan that will see visitors able to drive their cars along a 3.4 kilometre route to look at the animals. The plan comes in response to the province’s reopening requirements.
- Nishnawbe Aski Nation has posted information about the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit and distinctions-based support for Indigenous students.
- The Tkaronto Music Festival will be streaming on Facebook from May 15 to 17.
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto will be offering a virtual harm-reduction program for youth aged 16-24 weekly via Zoom.
Ontario Northland will expand its intercity bus service from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg, filling a gap left by Greyhound Canada, which ceased operations due to lack of passenger demand.
On May 13, FedNor announced $49.5 million in relief funding for businesses in northern Ontario.
The Northwestern Health Unit has not reported any new COVID-19 cases in its catchment area for three weeks.
The Kenora Agricultural Society has cancelled what would have been its 109th annual fair.
The Canada Border Services Agency has announced a temporary suspension of the Remote Area Border Crossing Program, which allows permit holders to enter Canada (via parts of Northwestern Ontario or southeastern Manitoba) from the United States without reporting to a port of entry.
Ontario Northland will be resuming regional bus service this weekend.
The Murillo Fair has been cancelled, as have all horse events in June.
The Temiskaming Health Unit has confirmed that the outbreak at the Northview Nursing Home in Englehart is over after two cases resolved.
North Bay will be opening Memorial Drive between Regina Street and the marina to pedestrian and cyclist traffic starting Friday.
Downtown Sudbury ribfest, originally scheduled for the Labour Day weekend, has been cancelled.
The outbreak at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon has finally been cleared. The long-term-care home has been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak since March 20; 28 residents have died.
CUPE says that some unionized health-care workers at the Queensway Carleton Hospital will be walking out this afternoon as a protest against the province's pandemic pay program.
Pembroke has banned the use of fireworks this holiday weekend, while Ottawa Public Health is recommending that people practise physical distancing if they use fireworks this weekend.
Organizers of the Havelock Country Jamboree — billed as Canada's largest country-music camping festival — have cancelled the 2020 edition of the festival.
- Ottawa Public Health reports that it has now completed testing in all 28 long-term-care facilities in the city; it now says that anyone with symptoms should go for testing at the Brewer Arena assessment centre or at one of two local care clinics.
- The Lennox Agricultural Society has cancelled this year's Napanee Fair.
The Region of Waterloo and its member municipalities are reopening their parks to some recreational uses.
All staff at London Health Sciences Centre's two hospitals must now wear masks, something unions have been pushing for during the COVID-19 crisis, the CBC reports.
Chatham-Kent Public Health is reporting that 17 more workers at the Greenhouse Produce greenhouse have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of people affected by the outbreak to 69. "These employees initially tested negative but were suspected to have been exposed. They were isolated in separate bunkhouses, away from those who tested positive,” David Colby, the area's medical officer of health, said in a news release.
Grand River Transit in the Waterloo Region has announced that it will be reinstroducing transit fares as of June 1. The transit authority also told Waterloo Region council that it has introduced safety measures, including plexiglass shields, to protect employees and customers.
- The City of Windsor reports that it has tested 172 people experiencing homelessness; 70 per cent of the results are now available, and all have been negative.
- Alan Shepard, president of Western University, wrote yesterday that "we anticipate a 'mixed model' in which some of our courses (or parts of them) will be delivered virtually, and others face-to-face."
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