A report from a committee of senators says despite all we’ve learned about COVID19, we are still not prepared for a second wave. The Senate’s social affairs committee says the federal government needs to pay urgent attention to seniors in long-term care homes where outbreaks and deaths in the pandemic have been concentrated. There are also concerns in the report about the vulnerability of low-income seniors. The document made public this morning is the committee’s first set of observations on the government’s response to the pandemic, with a final report expected later this year.
Across Ontario there were 170 new COVID19 cases yesterday. Almost half (86) of those were reported in Windsor-Essex amongst migrant workers. The number of people in hospital because of the virus remains steady, while people in intensive care and on ventilators both decreased slightly over the previous day.
Ontario Emergency Order Extended:
Ontario has extended its emergency orders for the pandemic until July 22nd. Premier Ford says the extension will help protect vulnerable people and support front-line workers as the economy continues to reopen. The provincial government isn’t able to issue new emergency orders once the state of emergency ends, but it can extend existing orders.
Here is Premier Ford’s news conference from yesterday:
Ontario Would Prefer Students In Class 5-days a Week:
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province would prefer to have all students back in class in the fall — but health officials must approve. Lecce told school boards weeks ago to prepare for an array of options for September, including a return to regular class learning, online learning or a combination of both. He says school boards and the government must make plans to continue student learning in light of the unpredictable conditions presented by the pandemic. Lecce says while cases of COVID19 appear to be on the decline across Ontario, the province must be prepared to respond to any potential spike in the fall.
For too long, too many students in Ontario have been left behind. No longer can we sit idle. Today, we lay out the foundation to set up ALL students for success, in the classroom and beyond. 🚀 https://t.co/UR5TBxRvS0
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) July 9, 2020
Most Affected by COVID19:
A survey for the TD Bank is revealing who is being hit hardest in economic terms by the COVID19 pandemic. People in the 18 to 34 age bracket as well as workers who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour report the highest number of layoffs or cutbacks to their hours. Nearly 30 per cent of Canadians with disabilities expect to be late paying their rent or mortgage while almost 30 per cent of Indigenous people expect to borrow money for essentials. That’s far higher than the general population surveyed.
Starbucks to Require Masks:
As cafes, restaurants and businesses continue to navigate the throes of the pandemic under guidance from top health officials, Starbucks announced that all customers will soon be required to wear masks at all of its U.S. locations. The coffee chain announced yesterday that beginning on July 15, it will require “customers to wear facial coverings while visiting all company-owned cafe locations in the U.S.” “This decision was based on a growing number of government mandates requiring individuals to wear facial coverings while in public as well as guidance from the CDC and other public health officials and partner feedback,” a representative for the company said in a statement. Starbucks explained that customers who “may not be wearing a facial covering” at locations where a local government mandate is not in place, will have other ways to place orders.
Our priority is the health and well-being of our partners (employees) and customers. Starting July 15, U.S. company-owned Starbucks locations will require customers to wear facial coverings while visiting the café. Learn more: https://t.co/ldDfwTRe3n pic.twitter.com/1m0cMKChoV
— Starbucks News (@StarbucksNews) July 9, 2020
The resurgent COVID-19 pandemic has led to a second straight day of at least 58,000 new cases in the United States and the nation’s top infectious diseases expert says a number of states should consider locking down again. The United States reported 58,600 new cases on Wednesday, according to an update yesterday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Tuesday, there were a little more than 60,000 cases nationwide. More than 1.3 million American workers have filed new claims for unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said in its weekly assessment yesterday. The department said 1.31 million U.S. adults filed for benefits last week, a decrease of 99,000 from the previous week.
As of July 7: Almost 3 million #COVID19 cases have been reported in the United States. The number of cases continue to increase with larger increases in the Southeast, Southwest, and West Coast. See how many cases have been reported in your state: https://t.co/wiuFBKR3Uh pic.twitter.com/BwpEB4HWPJ
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 8, 2020
Arizona Imposes New Restrictions:
Arizona’s governor is ordering restaurants to work at half of their capacity. Still, Doug Ducey is declining to shut them down entirely as authorities seek to control a robust COVID19 outbreak that has doubled the daily case count in two weeks. Ducey admits he has heard the criticism over his handling of the pandemic but says that neither the media nor politics will influence his decisions. After a drop in the number of new virus cases in the early part of the week, Arizona shot back above four-thousand yesterday.
Face Covering Law In Waterloo Region:
This is your last weekend to get a mask before the new rules kick in on Monday requiring a face covering on transit and in all indoor, public spaces in Waterloo Region. The law was passed earlier this week by council. Business will refuse service to anyone entering their establishment without a face covering.
Waterloo / WDG Numbers:
There were only 2 new COVID19 cases reported by Waterloo Region Public Health yesterday. 10 more cases were marked as resolved so the number of active cases has dropped down to just 59. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, they had 4 new cases in yesterday’s update. 2 were in Dufferin County and 2 were in Guelph. When you factor in the resolved cases, they have just 26 on the go at the moment. Guelph itself only has 12 active cases and only 1 in hospital at the moment.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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