COVID-19: What you need to know for May 8

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on May 08, 2020



This article was last updated at 4:25 p.m. 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 19,598 cases in Ontario, an increase of 477; 1,028
    people are in hospital, 213 of them in intensive care and 166 on ventilators. To date, 1,540
    people have died.
  • According to today's report from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 175 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2,782 confirmed cases in residents and 1,707 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,150 confirmed resident deaths and four confirmed staff 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 today that 3,230 health-care workers have tested positive to date and that there are 69 outbreaks in retirement homes and 155 related deaths. "The general trend is a plateauing," he said. "So not a rapid drop, but certainly not increasing overall."
  • At a press conference this afternoon, Finance Minister Rod Phillips said that more details about the three stages involved in the government's reopening framework will be released soon. "Our goal will be to provide the clarity and heads-up employers need to be ready," he said. 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that employers have applied for subsidies for almost 2 million workers and announced that the government will be extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy beyond June "to help kickstart our economic reopening and boost jobs." More details will be provided next week.

  • Ontario will allow professional sports teams to resume training if they can demonstrate they have protocols in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, Lisa MacLeod, the minister of tourism, culture and sport, announced Friday. The measure won't allow pro sports to formally resume in Ontario, but MacLeod said in a release that "we look forward to seeing our athletes return to play in the not-too-distant future."

  • More than three million jobs have been lost in Canada since February, according to the latest release from Statistics Canada

  • In March, the value of multi-family building permits issued by Ontario municipalities dropped 13 per cent, to $1.1 billion, according to Statistics Canada, and the value of building permits overall in the province dropped more than 12 per cent. StatsCan notes that the drop coincided with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • CBC News reports that the federal government may not be able to repatriate all Canadians stranded abroad before the pandemic ends. Many of the thousands of remaining travellers overseas are in remote mountain regions, on secluded islands, or in locked-down countries where transport options are extremely limited at this time.

  • According to numbers compiled by the National Institute on Aging, 82 per cent of the 4,167 COVID-19 deaths in Canada reported as of Wednesday were residents or staff in long-term-care homes.

  • CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie says that the football league’s 2020 season will most likely have to be cancelled. Ambrosie also told a House of Commons committee that the league's future is "very much in jeopardy" and that CFL teams collectively lost about $20 million last year. The league is asking the federal government for $150 million to help stay afloat.
  • Medical radiation technologists are asking to be included as essential front-line workers by the province, the Chatham Daily News reports.

Greater Toronto Area


  • Saugeen First Nation and Neyaashiinigmiing on the Bruce Peninsula have cancelled annual powwows, both of which were to have been held in August, the Owen Sound Sun Times reports

  • The First Nations Health Managers Association will launch InfoPoint, "a service meant to redirect First Nations health managers to reliable and credible information resources around COVID-19," on May 11.
  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek says that the Shawenekezhik Health Centre has supplies available for those required to self-isolate.
  • The Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto has put together a list of food-delivery options.




  • Middlesex-London Health Unit is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 and one death since Thursday. To date, the region has confirmed 438 cases of the virus, of which 287 are resolved; 43 people have died. 

  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 and one death since Thursday. To date, the region has confirmed 685 cases of the virus, of which 252 are resolved; 58 people have died. It currently has outbreaks in 11 long-term-care and retirement facilities.

  • Statistics Canada reports that, in April, unemployment rates increased more than two percentage points in the Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie economic region over the same time last year, to 7.8 per cent; more than three percentage points in the London region, to 8.3 per cent; more than five percentage points in the Windsor-Sarnia region, to 11.7 per cent; and more than two percentage points in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula region, to 8.1 per cent.

  • A theatre in Chatham-Kent has launched a survey to try to gauge when and how people will feel comfortable again attending large gatherings. The survey is part of a national effort by the industry to try to anticipate what it'll need to do to entice audiences back to live performances, the Chatham Daily News reports.

  • The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has banned garage sales in the region, Blackburn News reports.

  • Windsor students in the final year of high school are gearing up for a virtual prom.

  • The maintenance and cleaning of personal protective equipment has created a new job category at the Windsor-Essex EMS: doffing assistants. 

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