Across Ontario 135 new cases of COVID-19 were announced yesterday. More than 33,000 of the Province’s 37,739 are now resolved. Unfortunately, the number of people in hospital, in intensive care and on a ventilator all rose in yesterday’s report, which included 1 new death.
Lots More Regions Moving to Stage 3:
The provincial government is letting 7 more health regions move to Stage 3 of the COVID19 reopening plan. Premier Ford says Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, Sarnia-Lambton and York Region will join most of the rest of the province on Friday at 12:01am. That means restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor service. Gyms, movie theatres and casinos can also reopen as long as they follow physical distancing rules. Ford says Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex are still being kept as Stage 2 because they all have higher COVID19 case counts than other regions.
Here is Premier Ford’s update from yesterday:
Calls to Change Rules for Bars and Gyms:
Mayors of some Greater Toronto and Hamilton area municipalities are asking the province to consider adopting new public health measures for bars, restaurants and gyms. The mayors say they support common sense measures to reduce the risk of COVID19 in the businesses. But they did not offer details on the sorts of measures they’d like to see in place. The group includes Toronto Mayor John Tory, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
GTHA Mayors & Chairs are working together & remain focused on a safe restart & recovery plan. We have concerns about the protocols for indoor bars/restaurants, gyms & fitness clubs under stage 3. We have asked the province to ensure additional public health measures are in place. pic.twitter.com/jNueI08ytg
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) July 21, 2020
Trudeau Will Be in the Commons Today:
The WE scandal is expected to be in the spotlight again, with the Prime Minister back in the House of Commons today. The Opposition Conservatives have been raring to press Justin Trudeau about the sole-sourced deal, approving the WE Charity’s takeover of a $900-million-dollar student program. Media reports have pointed to internal problems with WE, including red flags about how the organization has handled its finances in recent years. They have also been calling for Trudeau to step aside, citing his family’s ties to the group.
Sometimes WE need a day off. https://t.co/45ecuMmsZ6
— pierrepoilievre (@PierrePoilievre) July 20, 2020
Parents Think Kids Should Wear Masks in School:
Almost two-thirds of parents in a new poll say they believe that children returning to school in the fall should wear masks — at least part of the time. The survey found that 62 per cent of respondents also expressed concern, generally, about sending their children back to school. Topping the parents’ list of concerns was their children’s health and the potential economic impact if they had to skip work to stay home with the kids.
Government Aware Young People Are Bored With COVID19:
Health Minister Christine Elliott has acknowledged there is a sense of COVID19 fatigue among young people in the province. Elliot made the comment when asked about the increasing number of cases among those under the age of 39. 75 of the 135 new cases of COVID19 reported yesterday are under the age of 39 — including 23 under the age of 19. The minister says with more of the provincial economy reopening, it’s more important than ever that people follow public health rules.
Building on the success of the regional approach in the previous two stages & based on the positive public health trends we are seeing, we are ready to move more regions into Stage 3. We all must remain vigilant & continue following public health advice. https://t.co/TzwWlHCkuU pic.twitter.com/eF1FyXj0X8
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) July 20, 2020
COVID19 Vaccine Potential:
One COVID19 test vaccine is showing promise. Oxford University’s Dr. Adrian Hill says his team’s vaccine has been shown to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. But he adds any vaccine is still a way off. A Chinese test virus is also looking positive.
BC Curve Going the Wrong Way:
There’s a warning from BC’s top doctor. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the COVID19 curve is starting to bend upwards again. She says 102 new cases have been detected since Friday. Henry says people have increased their contacts to 20 or 30 people in some cases, from a low of three to four, so it’s time to “pay attention now.”
Here is yesterday’s update from Dr. Bonnie Henry:
The Quebec government says the COVID19 infection rate remains stable. But there is a slight increase in the number of new cases in recent days. Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault says the areas of concern for the province remain private gatherings and campsites. Guilbault says health officials are keeping a close watch on signs of community transmission. Quebec reported 150 new COVID19 cases yesterday, as well as two new deaths.
More COVID19 in New Brunswick:
New Brunswick health officials say the province has recorded another case of COVID19. The latest infection involves a person in their 20s in the Fredericton area who is a close contact of a recently confirmed travel-related case — the person is self-isolating. Five cases remain active, 163 earlier cases are considered recovered, and two people have died.
Trump Briefings Start Up Again Today:
The White House is reviving its public coronavirus task force briefings, and President Donald Trump will again take on a starring role. Trump says he’ll lead a briefing today. It will be his first since April 27th. The Trump briefings disappeared after ratings began to slide and Trump mused about the possibility of using disinfectants inside the body. Trump claims his briefings, “had ratings higher than anyone had ever seen“. Today’s briefing is expected to start shortly after 5pm EDT.
President @realDonaldTrump, Vice President @Mike_Pence, @USTreasury Secretary Mnuchin, @senatemajldr, and @GOPLeader talked additional Coronavirus relief and progress toward a vaccine this morning in the Oval Office.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 21, 2020
TIFF to be a Drive-In at Ontario Place:
Bringing the Toronto International Film Festival to the masses will be no easy feat this year. COVID19 has changed everything, but one idea from the Ontario government will bring the live movie experience to some TIFF fans. The provincial government says it is investing two-million dollars for socially distanced summer activities at Ontario Place, including a drive-in version of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Fauci to Throw Out First Pitch:
The U.S.’ top infectious disease expert, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Major League Baseball’s first game of a pandemic-delayed regular season. The Washington Nationals announced Dr. Anthony Fauci accepted the team’s invitation to have the pregame honour Thursday. He is a self-described fan of the reigning World Series champions. The Nationals host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin.
A statement from the Washington Nationals regarding Opening Day. pic.twitter.com/iejxXeAA4V
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 20, 2020
L.A. May Lock Down Again:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned the city was on the brink of another stay-at-home order and admitted that the economy resumed too quickly as cases continue to spike in the coronavirus hot spot. Garectti’s interview with CNN’s State of the Union came as California ordered personal care services, including hair and nail salons, to operate outdoors. “I think we’re on the brink of that,” Garcetti said about a potential second city wide lockdown.
Our COVID-19 threat level remains at orange. Our collective behavior can bend the curve and avoid going to red.
Please avoid gatherings and wear your mask. pic.twitter.com/ItSVRIwIQ2
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 19, 2020
Air Travel Drops Again in America:
Air travel across the United States has dropped for the first time since April as coronavirus cases surge across the country and airlines struggle to avoid layoffs amid the pandemic. The number of passengers traveling through security checkpoints at airports across the country in the week ending July 19 dropped by four percent compared to the previous week, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration. The data shows it is the first weekly percentage drop since April when the number of passengers started to increase again after hitting record lows.
Research Finds Mosquitoes Are Not Spreading the Virus:
Researchers from Kansas State University say there’s one less risk factor to worry about. According to their latest findings, mosquitoes aren’t capable of spreading SARS-CoV-2 to humans. This is the first such project to investigate mosquitoes’ capacity to become infected with, and spread the coronavirus to other beings.
Trumps Posts Pic in a Mask:
Nearly four months after President Trump said mask-wearing was not for him, he sent out a tweet yesterday suggesting people should cover their faces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” Trump wrote. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Trump then included a photo of him wearing a mask from his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this month.
We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
9 new COVID19 cases were reported yesterday by Waterloo Region Public Health. 7 more were marked as resolved so the number of active cases in the Region sits at 49. 11 of those are hospitalized. No new deaths were reported. 4 new cases were reported in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Only 21 are active at the moment.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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