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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 20,238 cases in Ontario, an increase of 294; 961
people are in hospital, 195 of them in intensive care and 140 on ventilators. To date, 1,634
people have died.
- According to today's report from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 172 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2,727 confirmed cases in residents and 1,693 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,235 confirmed resident deaths and four confirmed staff deaths.
- Global News is reporting that four children living in foster care and group homes, and eight staff in group homes and youth-detention facilities, have tested positive.
- At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford said that, as of May 11, the government will begin reopening provincial parks and conservation reserves for day use. Camping, playgrounds, and beaches will remain closed, but visitors will be allowed to hike on trails, provided that they maintain physical distancing. Jeff Yurek, minister of the environment, conservation and parks, said that more than 500 parks and conservation reserves will open May 11 and that the remaining 115 parks will open on May 15. "We also ask that you stay local," he said. "Ontarians should still be reducing the amount of unnecessary travel to other areas of the province."
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that, so far, more than half a million small businesses have received loans through the Canadian Emergency Business Account.
- Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced Saturday morning that the government is extending funding to both provincially funded and privately operated childcare centres so that they will be prepared to reopen when the state of emergency ends. Lecce also announced a new emergency order that allows staff employed by boards of education around the province to be voluntarily redeployed to help in congregate-care settings, such as shelters and long-term-care homes.
- "I know that parents and educators and staff would like some predictability today of what will June look like," Lecce said at a press conference Saturday morning. "What I can commit to is we're working very closely with the chief medical officer of health and the COVID-19 command table with one focus: how do we get students back into schools when it is safe. We're building up protocols for what that could look like ... but, right now, the medical advice is that schools cannot open until at least the 29th of May. We are going to respect that. But I'm letting parents know that we will communicate a plan for the month of June well before that deadline." Ford later confirmed that he'll announce next week whether the school year will be cancelled.
Ontario and Canada are spending $2.25 million to better protect workers at provincially licensed meat-processing plants during the pandemic. The money will flow through the pre-existing Canadian Agricultural Partnership; the province will begin accepting applications as of May 12. Queen's Park says it will expedite approvals to make sure money flows quickly where it's needed. Meatpacking plants have been hit hard by COVID-19, leading to fears of shortages around the country.
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Greater Toronto Area
- According to today's report, there are 7,413 cases in Toronto, 429 of them in hospital and 102 in intensive care. To date, there have been 124 institutional outbreaks. In total, 578 people have died.
- To date, 50 residents at the Camilla Care Community long-term-care home in Mississauga have died.
Pickering deputy mayor Kevin Ashe says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days.
- Toronto Western Hospital is reporting another COVID-19 outbreak.
- The City of Toronto announced yesterday that it would be partnering with GlobalMedic and the University of Toronto Scarborough on an initiative called CARES — Collective Action and Response for Everyone in Scarborough: "CARES will be packaging food at the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Highland Hall Events Centre. The food, supplied by GlobalMedic, will be distributed to food banks across Scarborough."
- QP Briefing is reporting that an outbreak at a Maple Lodge Farms meat-packing plant in Brampton "remained unknown to the public for more than two weeks as the local public health unit said nothing, opting to let the company 'tell their story from their private business perspective' instead."
- As of Saturday, the Hamilton Waterfront Trail and parking lots adjacent to parks will reopen in the city.
- York Region Public Health is reporting that one person has died and 23 others have tested positive at a Saputo Dairy Products facility in Vaughan.
- As of May 11, Metrolinx staff will start wearing masks on the job.
- As of May 8, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 41 cases on First Nations reserves in Ontario.
- The Nishnawbe Aski Nation task team is recommending that NAN First Nations communities not ease or reopen their borders.
- On the Social Distance Powwow Facebook page, the Assembly of First Nations tweets, you can "connect with other First Nations and share your dancing, drumming, beadwork, stories from the safety of your home."
- The Owen Sound Transportation Company has announced that the MS Chi-Cheemaun will begin ferry service for essential transportation only on June 1.
- The Thunder Bay Health Unit is reporting that, as of May 9, there were 78 confirmed cases in its region. To date, one person has died.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting an outbreak at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home after a resident tested positive.
The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting an outbreak at the South Centennial Manor in Iroquois Falls after one resident tested positive.
An employee at a Peterborough Walmart has tested positive. Earlier this week, two employees at a different Walmart in the city tested positive.
Thirty-eight residents have died of COVID-19 at Carlingview Manor, in Ottawa, according to the facility's administration.
According to a press release, "a shortage of work will impact approximately 55 full-time City of Kingston employees, beginning May 19." The city has also suspended its summer-student hiring program.
Four more residents have died of COVID-19 at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet; in total, six people have died there.
The unemployment rate for the London region went up from 5.8 per cent in March to 8.9 per cent in April.
As of May 9, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 694 cases and 59 deaths.
FCA Canada and Ford Canada’s two engine plants in Windsor will resume operations on May 19.
Forty-four workers at Conestoga Meats, a pork processor in Kitchener, have tested positive for COVID-19; 12 cases have resolved. Hsiu-Li Wang, acting medical officer of health for the Region of Waterloo, said in briefing notes that "the cases we are now seeing are believed to be from the period prior to the closure and full implementation of PPE and other protective measures." To date, the region has confirmed 912 cases of the virus; 454 are resolved, and 102 people have died. It currently has outbreaks in 10 long-term-care and retirement facilities.
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