COVID-19: What you need to know for May 30-31

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 30, 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 27,859 cases in Ontario, an increase of 326; 781 people are in hospital, 118 of them in intensive care and 90 on ventilators. To date, 2,266 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 187 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,035 confirmed cases in residents and 1,802 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,438 confirmed resident deaths and six confirmed staff deaths.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Mélanie Joly, the federal minister of economic cevelopment and official languages, announced today that the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario will receive $30 million in FedDev Ontario RRRF funding "to provide financial relief to destination marketing organizations (DMOs) across southern Ontario that have experienced significant revenue shortfalls."

  • The Ontario government has announced a new 24-hour price for electricity, effective June 1 and lasting at least until October 31. The new price, 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour, is higher than the price households have been paying since the government froze prices at the lowest off-peak rate of 10.1 cents but lower than both the mid-peak and peak rates of 14.4 and 20.8 cents, respectively. This price increase will allow the government to continue the lower price for electricity without subsidizing it by taxpayers beyond the numerous subsidies that predated COVID-19.

  • Ontario has extended its emergency order limiting the price of electricity for industrial and business customers. The government has also issued an emergency order to increase the amount of money the government can provide in emergency payments to retirement-home residents to pay for emergency costs, such as transportation and shelter. The government also is allowing any existing drive-in movie theatres and batting cages to resume operations.

  • The Ontario government is removing some limits on camping in provincial parks and Crown land: groups engaged in back-country camping (that is, without the reserved car-accessible camp sites most groups use) will be allowed as of June 1. The government continues to assess wider uses of provincial parks and has extended the prohibition on overnight camping to June 14.

Greater Toronto Area

  • According to today's report, there are 11,174 cases in Toronto, 386 of them in hospital and 88 in intensive care. To date, there have been 149 institutional outbreaks. In total, 823 people have died. 
  • Toronto and Peel region accounted for about three-quarters of all new infections reported in the province on Saturday, according to the Toronto Star.

  • Parts of some major Toronto roads will be closed this weekend for walking, running and biking.
  • St. Simon’s shelter in Toronto has closed for two weeks after two residents died and 18 others tested positive.

Indigenous

  • The Nishnawbe Aski Nation reports that "the province has partnered with Ornge to provide daily flights from Thunder Bay that collect samples from road access communities and Sioux Lookout area and send them to the Toronto Public Health Ontario laboratory for testing."

  • Following unwanted beach visitors, Beausoleil First Nation has expanded travel restrictions to include its entire territory, including Cedar Point and Christian, Beckwith, and Hope Islands. Chief Guy Monague says that the community has not yet had a case of COVID-19 and that “charges will be laid against those who are found trespassing on Beausoleil First Nation territory while the state of emergency remains in effect.”

  • Statistics Canada released a new report this week on the vulnerabilities of urban Indigenous populations during COVID-19: one-quarter of Indigenous people in urban areas live in poverty, more than one live in three in food-insecure households, and many report being unable to cover an unexpected expense of $500.

Northern

Eastern

  • Ottawa city manager Steve Kanellakos said during a recent press conference that “most of our administrative buildings will not be occupied for the summer.”
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Campbellford Memorial Hospital, Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, and Haliburton Highlands Health Services have developed a plan to begin resuming non-urgent surgeries and procedures in early June.

Southwestern

  • All beaches in Elgin County remain closed until further notice.

  • London’s municipal law-enforcement officers have been equipped with megaphones. "When you go into a park, yes, we’re in the soft uniforms, but, 30 feet away, no one knows what we’re talking to that person about," chief bylaw officer Orest Katolyk told the London Free Press. "Using megaphones, we might be focusing on a small group that might be doing something not permitted at that time, but everybody else in the park hears it.”

  • Random drive-thru testing began in Windsor and Essex County on Friday.

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