Ontario Will Announce The Details On Stage 3 Today – Full COVID19 Update

The Ontario government is set to announce details about Stage 3 of its re-opening plan later today as the spread of COVID19 continues to slow. But a spokeswoman did not say whether the province will take a regional approach. Most but not all of Ontario entered Stage 2, which included allowing patios and hairdressers to reopen, on June 19th. Stage 3 includes allowing remaining workplaces to reopen and relaxing restrictions on certain public gatherings.

Ontario Numbers:

Yesterday Ontario reported 129 new cases of COVID19, after doing almost 26,000 tests. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions both decreased again. Incase you’re wondering, here’s a quick look at the numbers we should be concerned about: active cases in the province. Toronto leads the pack with 497 active cases at the moment. Peel is second with  341. York Region has 134. Those are the main hotspots. In the Ottawa area there are only 48 active cases. Waterloo only has 27 at the moment. Hamilton has 23, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is down to 19, Niagara Region has 15, London has 13, Brant has 7, Grey-Bruce has 1. There are at least 6 public health units in Ontario with zero active cases.

World Numbers:

The World Health Organization has reported another record increase in the number of COVID19 cases over a 24-hour period at more than 230,000. The UN health agency says the US again topped the list among countries with more than 66,000 cases recorded. The figures don’t necessarily account for delays in the reporting of cases, and are believed to far underestimate actual totals. The previous record was set Friday, with more than 228,000 confirmed infections in a 24-hour span.

Studying the Spread of COVID19 in Canada:

Medical researchers have turned to supercomputers in their efforts to try and figure out when and where COVID19 originated here in Canada. The $40-million-dollar Genome Canada COVID19 project has labs across the country comparing genetic material from versions of the novel coronavirus isolated from blood samples of thousands of Canadians. Researchers say the virus is changing just enough that individual cases can be linked to show how the virus spread through the country. This allows them to identify weak spots in early public health measures and more quickly stamp out flare-ups by figuring out where cases originated.

Interprovincial Travel:

Quebecers travelling to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by car through New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island this summer must now register online with those provinces. Quebec says the request came at the behest of the two Atlantic provinces to stem the spread of COVID19. To get to Iles-de-la-Madeleine by car, you need to drive through New Brunswick to catch a ferry from PEI, which is about 500 kilometres away.

Record Number of New Cases in Florida:

Florida has hit an unhappy milestone, registering the largest single-day increase in novel coronavirus cases in any one U.S. state since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic. It was 15,299. But that hasn’t stopped many people from continuing to reject mask-wearing. Some Floridians are balking over a mask mandate instituted by Martin County legislators. About a hundred demonstrators protested in Stuart, and cars were honking as they stood along the busy roadway chanting “health freedom now.”

Dire Situation in Texas:

Top officials in Houston are calling for the city to lock back down as area hospitals are overwhelmed with an influx of COVID19 patients. Houston Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner says a stay-at-home order is needed for America’s fourth-largest city to cope with the surge. The call comes after a week in which Texas continued to break records for confirmed COVID19 cases and deaths linked to the disease.

Calls to Reopen Gyms:

Gold’s Gym CEO Adam Zeitsiff said governments should allow gyms to reopen during the pandemic because they provide needed outlets and health benefits for Americans.  “We all came together as an industry and we’ve been working on this for months now.  And we voluntarily shut our doors even before the mandates because we knew we had to do this for the betterment of humanity,” Zeitsiff said on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday.  “But we’ve been working for months to deliver strict sanitizing, cleaning, distancing guidelines and protocols to help keep our community safe. And to your point, exercising, it is medicine.  It is very important to people. And as gym operators, above all, we absolutely value the well-being of our communities.”  He added that being in gyms was an “essential part of people’s lives.”

American Numbers:

As the coronavirus pandemic reached a new high for worldwide cases in a 24-hour period yesterday, the U.S. topped the list of hot spots, with Florida at the forefront.  Meanwhile, Trump administration officials made the rounds on morning news shows to promote efforts against the crisis with a new look – President Trump in a mask.  With more than 66,000 new infections, the U.S. accounted for almost 29% of the 230,000 reported cases globally yesterday by the World Health Organization. Nearly 15,300 of the new cases in the U.S. were confirmed in Florida, which set a dubious single-day mark and now has reported 269,811 cases but still plans to open all schools to in-classroom learning next month. California set the previous daily record of 11,694 five days ago.  New York had 11,571 on April 15.

The Cost of COVID19:

The coronavirus pandemic and measures to slow its spread cost the global economy $3.8 trillion, and put 147 million people out of work, a new study shows.  In the first work to attempt to quantify the impact of the pandemic, researchers from the University of Sydney created a detailed model of the global economy.  The sector to be hit the hardest is the travel industry – due to cancelled flights and countries closing their borders to visitors – particularly in Asia, Europe and the US.

New Study on COVID19 Spread:

A new U.S. study shows aerosol droplets thought to cause the novel coronavirus can hang around for a while. Doctor Scott Weaver of the University of Texas Medical Branch says they’ve discovered the droplets can stay in the air for almost 16 hours. He says the data shows very clearly that wearing a mask can make a difference in containing the spread of COVID19.

Mexico Update:

Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the novel coronavirus. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insists the development of the pandemic has been positive, because only nine of Mexico’s 32 states had an increase in infections.

Waterloo Region / Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph:

As-of today, anyone using transit or entering any public indoor space must have a mask on in Waterloo Region. This is the latest initiative to help stop the spread of COVID19. For now, Grand River Transit will be handing out masks to people who need them. 40,000 masks were purchased. Half of them are disposable and half are reusable. If you don’t want to wear the masks on transit, no problem. The Region has begun installing 30km of temporary bike lanes. That project should be completed by the end of the month. Local COVID19 case numbers aren’t reported on weekends anymore. An update on the Region, plus Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph will be released at 10:30am.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: CPAC via YouTube screenshot


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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan