COVID-19: What you need to know for May 2-3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 02, 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 17,553 cases in Ontario, an increase of 434; 1,010 people are in hospital, 232 of them in intensive care and 174 on ventilators. To date, 1,216 people have died.
  • According to today's report from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 170 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 2,719 confirmed cases in residents and 1,594 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 954 confirmed resident deaths.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Ontario's chief medical officer of health, David Williams, said Saturday that, to date, 2,540 health-care workers have tested positive. 
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudea said today that the government will be investing more than $240 million to bring health care online. It will be expanding existing online tools and creating new virtual platforms for mental health and primary care. The government is also providing $175 million for a B.C.-based company with a "very promising" COVID-19 therapy, which is poised to begin human trials by July.
  • At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford said that "if we keep going the way we're going, we're going to get out of this a lot sooner than we thought we might be able to get out a couple of months ago."
  • On Friday, the province issued new temporary emergency orders "to support the immediate needs of the province's hospitals and health care workers so they can better manage critical health care human resources during COVID-19."
  • Through an emergency order passed Friday, the province is taking steps to defer a portion of global-adjustment charges for certain industrial and commercial electricity consumers. "This initiative is intended to provide companies with temporary immediate relief on their monthly electricity bills in April, May and June 2020," a press release states. "The government intends to keep this emergency order in place until May 31, 2020."

  • Parliament has passed a bill authorizing $9 billion in aid to post-secondary students. The centrepiece of the bill is the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which will provide students with $1,250 a month from May until August; those who are taking care of someone else or have a disability will receive $2,000. 

Greater Toronto Area

Indigenous

  • All Nations Health Partners has created a virtual tour of the isolation centre Kenora's Keewatin Arena .

  • Matawa First Nations Management has extended office closures until May 12.

  • Six Nations Health Services reports that, as of Friday, Indigenous Services Canada was aware of 61 cases on First Nations reserves in Ontario.
  • During a House of Commons committee meeting on Friday, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said that the $15 million in funding that has been announced for organizations that support urban Indigenous populations is not enough to meet their needs. "I will acknowledge that it is not enough," he said. "And we are working more to serve these people in very vulnerable situations, and that's work we will continue to do."

Northern

Eastern

  • The Journal de Montreal reports that Health Canada is restricting the use of COVID-19 tests done with the Spartan Bioscience "cube" approved earlier in April, due to poor performance. Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience has been lauded by multiple premiers in Canada, including  Doug Ford, for helping to ease the testing backlog.

  • The Ottawa Citizen reports that 29 residents of the Madonna Care Community in Orléans have died of COVID-19.
  • Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health, said Friday that testing has been extended to people over the age of 60 who are showing symptoms.
  • Two residents and five employees at the Peter D. Clark Centre long-term-care facility, in Ottawa, have tested positive.
  • Fleming College is making residence buildings in Peterborough and Lindsay available as temporary housing for front-line health-care workers.
  • On Friday, Gananoque delivered gloves and paper masks to all households in the town.

Southwestern

  • Tents are being put up at the entrances to FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant and Ford Motor Company’s Windsor Annex engine plant. When operations resume, employees will have their temperatures taken there before being permitted to enter the facilities.

  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting its area's 51st death
  • The City of London announced yesterday that "approximately 190 seasonal temporary and casual employees have had their start dates deferred or been placed on a temporary unpaid leave, with an additional 31 students whose contracts have been cancelled. As well, recruitment has been placed on hold, with the exception of essential roles."
  • Buses will be limited to 10 passengers when transit operations resume in Windsor on May 4. 
  • The Women’s Interval Home, in Sarnia-Lambton, has opened a second shelter site to support physical distancing.

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