Ontario reported 257 new COVID19 cases yesterday and seven new deaths. That number is somewhat misleading though. Health Minister Christine Elliott says nearly 70 per cent of the 257 new cases of COVID19 reported were just in the Windsor-Essex region. Elliott says 177 of the new cases were the result of extensive testing over the weekend of temporary foreign workers in southwestern Ontario. The remaining 80 cases were reported across the province along with seven new deaths. Public health officials in Windsor-Essex say 183 cases were confirmed in the agri-food sector on the weekend and are asking for more resources to deal with outbreaks on farms.
Here is Premier Ford’s news conference from yesterday:
Tam Won’t Be Holding Daily Briefings Anymore:
Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the country is doing so well overall in beating down COVID19 that daily briefings by her team will no longer be necessary. She says they’ll do them just a couple of times a week. But she adds if there’s an urgent development that would change. Tam says Canadians should remember that if they do test positive, the fewer people they have contact with, the better. It is still generally assumed that there will be some sort of second wave of COVID19 eventually.
New Modeling Numbers
The latest modelling data reveals the COVID19 hotspots in Canada are in parts of Saskatchewan, Montreal, Toronto and Windsor. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says federal models show the spread of COVID19 appears under control nationally with any fluctuations due to localized outbreaks. The models estimate there will be as many as 108,000 cases country-wide by July 12th with as many as 8,865 deaths by then. Tam says people under the age of 40 account for a greater proportion of cases, and notes there has been steep declines in case numbers for people over 80-years-old lately.
Here is the new modeling data:
Kingston Nail Salon:
Five more people have tested positive for COVID19 in an outbreak related to a nail salon in Kingston. The local public health unit says a total of 27 confirmed cases are linked to the salon. Dr. Kieran Moore, the region’s medical officer of health, says most of the cases are showing minimal symptoms and no one has been hospitalized.
Canada Day in a Pandemic:
COVID19 means the true north is not entirely free this Canada Day, but a new survey suggests that’s not going to change how many people mark the holiday. Given all that’s gone on around the COVID19 pandemic, 42 per cent of those polled say this Canada Day will be no different than previous years. 16 per cent of those surveyed are feeling that true patriot love — saying they’re more likely this year to find a way to celebrate, even if it’s just a small gathering.
Major Hit to the Economy Expected:
Economists are forecasting a 13 per cent slide for Canada’s GDP, as Statistics Canada gets set to release its latest numbers this morning. April is expected to be the bottom for the economy with non-essential businesses shut for the full month before they started re-opening in May. Statistics Canada’s initial estimate for April, released last month, pointed to an 11 per cent decline in GDP for the 30 day period.
Porter Extends Suspension of Flights:
Porter Airlines is extending the suspension of all its flights until the end of August. The airline had previously planned to resume flying on July 29th. But chief executive Michael Deluce says the ability to successfully relaunch service is directly tied to the lifting of travel restrictions. Porter stopped flying on March 21st as travel restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic ramped up and caused a sharp drop in demand.
Due to ongoing government travel restrictions, we are modifying our return-to-service date to Aug. 31. We are optimistic that key border closures and mandatory quarantines will begin easing, so that we can restart operations. To read more visit: https://t.co/PoHDAAgyha.
— Porter Airlines (@porterairlines) June 29, 2020
Complaints About Air Canada:
The U.S. Department of Transportation says Air Canada racked up more customer complaints about refunds than more than 80 other non-American carriers. It received 969 refund complaints against the airline out of a total of about 7,500 in April. Air Canada also had the third-highest refund complaints of any carrier — foreign or domestic — after United Airlines and American Airlines. Air Canada and other Canadian airlines have refused to reimburse most customers whose flights were cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic.
A new U.S. survey highlights the difficulty many Americans have in finding information they can trust about the COVID19 pandemic. The Pew Research Center found only three in 10 Americans say they trust President Donald Trump and his administration to get the facts straight all or most of the time. The public gives higher marks to their governors and the highest to health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control.
Waterloo / Guelph Numbers:
Yesterday Waterloo Region Public Health reported 13 new COVID19 cases but 16 more cases are now resolved so that leaves just 92 active cases in the region. For the first time in weeks, a death was reported which raises the local death toll to 116. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, 6 new cases were reported yesterday. Of the 476 cases, 390 are now resolved and there have been 37 deaths.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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