Yesterday was a landmark day for COVID-19 in Ontario. The province reported 100 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 688. It was the largest single-day jump in Ontario thus far. There were also four more deaths. Thirteen Ontarians have now died from the infection.
The Latest Numbers:
Here are the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada: There are now 3409 confirmed and presumptive cases. Quebec still leads the nation with 1339. They have seen a massive spike this week. Ontario has 688 confirmed and presumptive cases. B.C. has 659 and Alberta has 419. Across the country there have been 35 deaths. Down in the U.S. the coronavirus death toll has risen to 823 with more than 60,000 confirmed cases. New York now has 50 percent of the entire U.S.’s total confirmed cases.
Ontario Financial Aid:
The Ontario government is introducing measures to help the province through the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a $17-billion package will provide an influx of cash for the health sector, direct payments to parents, and tax breaks for businesses. Finance Minister Rod Phillips says the government is confident that every dollar invested through the plan that saves a life or a job is a dollar well spent. The spending boost includes a $1-billion COVID-19 contingency fund, nearly $1 billion more for hospitals, and more personal protective equipment for front-line workers.
Canada’s Health Minister is worried about the toll that pandemic-related anxiety and isolation is taking on the mental health of Canadians. Patty Hajdu is encouraging people to help themselves and others through the crisis with kindness and getting outdoors for a walk — provided they are not sick. She says most Canadians know intuitively how long a hockey stick is — adding — that’s the distance you should be keeping between you and anyone else that you’re walking with.
Newfoundland Woman Arrested:
A woman from Newfoundland will appear in court in June to enter a plea after she was arrested for refusing to stay at home following a trip outside the province. Police arrested the 53-year-old on Tuesday for violating public health orders. She was charged with contravening a public health order before being released yesterday. If convicted she could face a fine of up to $2,500 dollars or up to six months jail time.
Approved Financial Aid:
Almost 12 hours after Canada’s governor general signed into law the $82-billion-dollar COVID-19 aid bill, the U.S. Senate passed its$ 2.2-trillion-dollar economic rescue package. It’s the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history. The House will vote on it tomorrow and it will become law. People who lose their jobs because of the coronavirus will get four months unemployment pay in addition to a government plan to send out individual checks to everyone earning under $95,000.
Waterloo Region Numbers:
Yesterday we learned that there are 26 cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo Region, raising the total to 58. 22 of the 26 new cases are presumptive positive and four of the new cases are being treated in hospital. Multiple cases were from close contact and are now all self-isolating at home. Close to half are from community spread. Of the new cases, three are under 20, two in 20’s, eight are in their 30’s and five are in their 40’s.
Waterloo Region State of Emergency:
Waterloo Region and the seven local municipalities have declared a State of Emergency. That declaration gives local levels of government the ability to shares resources, personnel, as well as equipment. Regional Chair Karen Redman and the mayors are simply asking residents to stay home, and only go out to buy essential supplies, or order what you need online.
Cambridge COVID Relief:
Cambridge City Council has passed a COVID-19 relief plan. The plan will allow Cambridge residents to defer everything from property taxes to water bills until June 1. They have also paused Business License renewals and suspended rent collection on city owned properties and paused any meter disconnections and suspended most parking enforcement.
A second positive coronavirus case has been confirmed in a worker at the Toyota Plant in Cambridge. Toyota says they were notified of this latest case Wednesday morning at 11:28am. They say the employee last worked during the day on March 18, and has been at home self-isolating since that time.
The YMCA in Kitchener is being modified to serve as a temporary emergency shelter during the pandemic. The shelter will provide access to amenities, including showers. It will open this week and initially accommodate people who are accessing overflow spaces. The Region points out people accessing the YMCA shelter will be regularly screened for COVID-19. If they show symptoms, they will be transported to an isolation space that is fully staffed.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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