It’s a big day in much of Ontario — with the exception of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, the province is moving into phase two of its COVID19 reopening plan. That means places including restaurant patios, malls, hair salons, childcare centres and swimming pools will be able to welcome clients back. Provincewide today, the limit on social gatherings will increase from five to 10, but people must still stay two metres away from anyone outside their own household.
Ford and Elliott Test Negative for COVID19:
Premier Ford has tested negative for COVID19. His office said Ford would get tested after learning that Education Minister Stephen Lecce had come into contact with someone who was infected. Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott held a joint news conference with Lecce on Tuesday to announce a child-care reopening plan. Lecce’s test result came back negative, and the premier’s office says that Ford’s and Elliott’s were negative as well.
Here is Premier Ford’s news conference from Yesterday:
Easing Restrictions on Long Term Care Visits:
The province is easing restrictions to allow a limited resumption of visits to residents of long term care facilities and retirement homes. One person per week will be allowed outdoor visits with residents at long term care homes that do not have COVID19 outbreaks starting next week. Retirement homes can allow indoor and outdoor visits, with the number of visitors being left to the discretion of each home. Visitors to both types of facilities must have tested negative for COVID19 in the previous two weeks.
We know that one of the most heartbreaking parts of COVID-19 has been the separation of loved ones, especially those living in congregate living settings. Today we announced the first steps to cautiously reunite families who have been separated. pic.twitter.com/vZpFVgl2vH
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 11, 2020
Ontario reported only 203 new cases of COVID19 yesterday. That’s an increase of 0.6 per cent over Wednesday which is the lowest growth rate in new cases since early March. There were also 505 more cases marked as resolved, for a total of 25,885.
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, we announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and residential care settings. Here’s today’s update: pic.twitter.com/CwtasTTw4M
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) June 12, 2020
StatsCan wants to hear from the country’s mums and dads about juggling work and child-care through the COVID19 pandemic. The agency is conducting an online survey for parents with children younger than 15. They can vent about their struggles and share their experiences — including how the crisis has affected children and families and how they have been coping.
Here are Prime Minister Trudeau’s remarks from yesterday:
Could Blood Plasma Be The Cure?
Scientists are beginning a new study to tell if the blood plasma of COVID19 survivors might help prevent infection in the first place. Doctors already are using survivor plasma as a treatment for many hospitalized patients as it holds novel coronavirus-fighting antibodies. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are testing if giving that immune system boost to people newly exposed but not yet sick could help stave off illness.
Casinos, churches, pools, arenas, libraries and movie theatres are among the businesses allowed to reopen today in Alberta. More people are allowed to book campsites and sit in restaurants at the same time. Fifty people are allowed to gather indoors and up to 100 will be able to congregate outside. Alberta has said it is among the world leaders in per-capita testing.
The United States reached two million reported cases of COVID19 yesterday. Though some countries are close to the one million mark, the US is the only nation to not only surpass that mark, but double it. Just before midnight on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University’s world map of coronavirus cases put the US at 2,000,464 confirmed cases. The death toll in the US is 112,924. Brazil has the next highest number of cases with 772,416 confirmed infections.
Official figures show that the British economy shrank by a colossal 20.4 per cent in April. That’s the first full month that the country was in its COVID19 lockdown. The Office for National Statistics says that all areas of the economy were hit, especially pubs, education, health and car sales.
Waterloo Region Numbers:
Six new COVID19 cases were reported yesterday by Waterloo Region Public Health. But, another seven cases are now marked as resolved so, of the 1,189 infections, only 109 are active. For a third day in a row, there were no new deaths reported. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, there were no new cases reported.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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