WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 5,264,205, up from 5,164,133 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 82,413 cases, up from 81,279 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 24,628 cases, up from 24,187 cases yesterday.
The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 441 (1.8%) new cases reported since yesterday. Despite remaining below 2%, today’s increase represents the highest number of new cases in the past 2 weeks, which Premier Ford called “concerning” during his daily media briefing.
Of the province’s total cases, 18,767 have been resolved (76.2%) and there have been 2,021 deaths (8.2%). The province has now tested 588,958 individuals and reports 5,516 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
Today, Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray announced a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19” to help residents determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs.
By answering a few questions, individuals will be presented with a personalized list of financial benefits that could be available to them, based on their specific circumstances.
The tool provides individuals with information on federal, provincial and territorial benefits programs available to them, including the just-launched Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and the Canada Child Benefit top-up, as well as measures such as mortgage and student loan deferrals. It will be updated as needed as the government continues to support Canadians during this challenging time. More information here.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister said the federal government will help Provinces and Territories “scale-up” testing and contact tracing. The Premiers spoke with the Prime Minister last night where the topic was expected to dominate the discussion.
At yesterday’s news conference, the Prime Minister said: We have already seen significant ramp-ups of testing in places like Ontario and Quebec, where there is a need for even greater testing. Last week with the premiers, I laid out that offer, that the federal government could take it on. More information here.
As the economy gradually reopens, the Ontario government is helping people affected by COVID-19 get back to work. The province is investing in Ontario’s first Virtual Action Centre, an online counselling and training portal, to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers, and is helping apprentices by providing grants to purchase tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools. More information here.
To make it easier for people to conduct business and practice physical distancing in the new COVID-19 environment, the Ontario government is permitting Ontario corporations to conduct virtual meetings and to defer certain annual meetings in specified circumstances. The government will also allow the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to accept copies of documents, electronic signatures on documents, and electronic filing of documents. These changes are part of COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020. More information here.
Following last night’s call with the Prime Minister, Premier Ford said the Province is looking to join a smartphone app to assist with the national contact tracing effort. At today’s news conference the Premier said: It’s so important to have the proper app make sure we do contact tracing and tracking – when people start flying from Vancouver to Toronto to out east – those apps have to be able to talk to each other. More information here.
Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced a partnership with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) today. Through this partnership TPH will hire more local registered nurses (RNs) to support case and contact management efforts, and support public health work as the City move towards the COVID-19 recovery stage. More information here.
Yesterday, Toronto Public Library (TPL) announced details about the rollout of its curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Starting Monday, May 25, select library drop boxes will be opened to accept the return of library materials. On Monday, June 1, drop boxes at all remaining accessible branches will open to accept returns. TPL estimates that there are more than one million items currently out on loan. More information here.
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