COVID-19: What you need to know for May 29

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 29, 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 27,210 cases in Ontario, an increase of 344; 826 people are in hospital, 129 of them in intensive care and 100 on ventilators. To date, 2,230 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 190 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 4,989 confirmed cases in residents and 1,775 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,412 confirmed resident deaths and five confirmed staff deaths.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board reports that, as of May 22, it had allowed 967 COVID-19-related claims, rejected 60 claims, and had another 1,011 claims pending from people who work in nursing and residential-care facilities.

  • Premier Doug Ford said today that 2,000 contact tracers are currently in the field following up on cases. He also referred to the province's new testing strategy. "Getting those testing numbers up is absolutely essential," he said. "The more data we have, the better we understand what is happening on the ground." He said he is now comfortable with the idea of asking officials to look at a regional approach for a staged reopening: "This will be one option we consider as we move into Stage 2. This is one option that we're putting on the table. And we're only able to do this now because we're getting our testing to where we need it." He added that "we will continue to take a measured, gradual approach to reopening based on the advice of our command table."

  • The Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54 unions and 1 million workers in the province, is calling for a "Ford Failed Us" provincewide day of action on June 3.

  • The Toronto Star reports that an upcoming study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health finds an overall deterioration of youth mental health during the pandemic and growing instances of depression and anxiety. But the study also found that some youth are reporting positive outcomes from self-isolation, including deeper connections with family and less substance abuse.
  • The Ontario Hospital Association says it is “extremely disappointed” that the government is excluding about a third of hospital workers from a $4-an-hour COVID-19 pay increase. Excluded groups include technicians who run diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. 

Greater Toronto Area

  • According to today's report, there are 10,901 cases in Toronto, 372 of them in hospital and 83 in intensive care. To date, there have been 144 institutional outbreaks. In total, 810 people have died. 
  • Mayor John Tory said today that the City of Toronto, a number of the city’s other major downtown employers, and Toronto’s post-secondary institutions "will continue to support employees, where possible, to work from home until September at the earliest."
  • The City of Toronto also provided an update 
  • Toronto city council has expanded the Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclasses to provide property-tax relief for live-music venues.
  • A CBC News analysis of public-health data shows that some manufacturing plants, grocery stores, delivery companies, and other workplaces are currently dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks in the GTA.

  • A spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority has confirmed to CP24 that a new policy at Pearson International Airport, which will go into effect on June 1, will discourage “meeters and greeters” from entering the terminal.

Indigenous

  • Six Nations of the Grand River has confirmed its third positive test result in a week.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced new funding for Indigenous families and communities. The funding includes $285.1 million for ongoing public-health response to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities; $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program; and $44.8 million over five years to build 12 new shelters for Indigenous women and girls experiencing and fleeing violence.
  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek will be allowing approved stores to reopen for a trial period from June 15 to July 1 with reduced operating hours. 

  • The City of Thunder Bay has announced that, "following consultation and communication with Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins, Chippewa Park will reopen to the public on Friday, May 29."

  • The Anishinabek Nation has released an update from the Lands and Resources Department announcing that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has decided to temporarily postpone trapline-allocations decisions until further notice and that the delivery of all fur-harvest, fur-management, and consecration courses have been cancelled until further notice. 

  • We Matter has created a COVID-19 support fund to offer small grants for Indigenous youth to lead online events or projects. 

Northern

Eastern

  • A second health-care worker at Ottawa's Madonna Care Community has died of COVID-19; 43 residents have died in the outbreak.

  • Organizers of the Lindsay Exhibition say they are retooling this September's fair as a virtual event.

  • The owners of Shuck It, a restaurant in Cobourg, say they plan to contest an $880 fine given to them by Cobourg police for setting up their patio.

  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health and Toronto Public Health are currently discussing whether Kingston contact tracers could support those in Toronto.
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health Paul Roumeliotis said Thursday, “I’m very hesitant, within our region to talk about one region opening before another, because SDG, Cornwall and Prescott-Russell are so close. It wouldn’t make much sense to me.” The majority of cases are currently located in Prescott-Russell.

Southwestern

  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health says there has been an outbreak among migrant workers at a St. Thomas greenhouse

  • Guelph has announced that all its recreation centres, theatres, museums, and libraries will remain closed for the time being; all programs and events at its facilities have been cancelled until September 8.

  • Correspondence between a Windsor hospital and the Windsor-Essex medical officer of health show that the hospital's CEO, concerned about the spread of COVID-19 outbreaks in local long-term-care homes, repeatedly and unsuccessfully asked the local MOH to conduct widespread testing in long-term-care facilities as early as April 9, the Windsor Star reports.

  • Air Canada will resume its air service out of London's airport on June 22, the London Free Press reports.

  • A drive-in theatre owner at Grand Bend tells the London Free Press that he plans to defy COVID-19 emergency restrictions and open to the public this weekend.

  • An American cruise-ship operator says that Canada's cautious approach to border openings to slow the spread of COVID-19 is the reason it is suspending Great Lakes cruise-ship tours this summer, the Windsor Star reports.

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