WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 7,680,700, up from 7,544,701 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 97,893 cases, up from 97,472 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 31,726 cases, up from 31,544 cases yesterday.
The growth rate of new cases in the province is now under 1%, with 182 (0.6%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 26,187 have been resolved (82.5%) and there have been 2,498 deaths (7.9%). The province has now completed 953,015 tests and reports 18,512 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
The City of Toronto has shared a breakdown by postal code of all COVID-19 cases here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
Today, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada, or travellers departing Canadian airports for either international or domestic destinations will be required.
For international flights to Canada, air operators must conduct temperature screenings at the point of departure, unless the local authority has an equivalent measure in place, in addition to the existing required health check questions for symptoms prior to boarding.
Within Canada, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority screeners will conduct the temperature screening of passengers as part of departure screening procedures. This is in addition to the health screening questions and the wearing of face coverings that are already required for all passengers.
Last night Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their thirteenth weekly call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.
Today Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau launched the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) as part of the Government of Canada’s action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
The program will prioritize projects based on two objectives:
- Emergency COVID Response to assist companies to implement changes required by COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of workers. This funding will assist with:
- plant retrofits or adjustments to existing operations to accommodate changes to processes and production; and
- increasing capacity for herd management.
- Strategic Investments to assist companies to improve, automate, and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.
Eligible applicants include for-profit organizations, cooperatives and indigenous groups. Activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2020.Information on the application process is available through the Emergency Processing Fund or to learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-877-246-4682.
People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation. More information here.
The Government of Ontario is taking additional steps to better protect workers in the agri-food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is significantly expanding the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program and committing up to $15 million to enhance health and safety measures on farms and in food processing facilities. More information here.
The City of Toronto is continuing to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend. Residents are reminded to follow public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Today, the City of Toronto provided an update on services, amenities and ActiveTO. More information here.
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 City sites.
Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage residents to get outside and be physically active, and support the local agriculture sector.
The decision to reopen City-permitted farmers’ markets has been made in consultation with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Toronto Public Health has developed a guidance document PDF to help organizers, staff and vendors reduce the spread of COVID-19. It provides recommendations on public health measures such as crowd control, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection. More information here.
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