WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 5,643,983, up from 5,560,868 at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Canada now reports 86,614 cases, up from 85,104 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 26,191 cases, up from 25,904 cases yesterday.
The growth rate of new cases in the province continues to remain under 2%, with 287 (1.1%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 19,958 have been resolved (76.2%) and there have been 2,123 deaths (8.1%). The province has now completed 629,414 tests and reports 6,961 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
The Department of National Defence announced the first of a series of calls for innovations aimed at addressing some of the key challenges Canada is facing. These challenges were determined by multi-departmental panels led by the National Research Council of Canada as part of the COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program.
With an initial commitment of $15M, the first three challenges focus on:
- Viable and effective processes and methods for safely and rapidly decontaminating enclosed work environments (e.g., buildings and modes of transportation) containing sensitive equipment;
- Innovative material and designs to aid in decontamination of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), operational clothing and equipment for personnel responding to events involving biological hazards; and
- Data gathering solutions to support the early detection and community-based monitoring of outbreaks of contagious diseases.
More information here.
Yesterday the Prime Minister said the federal government was in talks with the provinces to bring in 10-days of paid sick leave. In prepared remarks the Prime Minister said: the government will continue discussions with the provinces, without delay, on ensuring that as we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, every worker in Canada who needs it has access to ten days of paid sick leave a year. And we’ll also consider other mechanisms for the longer term to support workers with sick leave. More information here.
The Canadian government signed an agreement with GM to produce 10 million face masks. The government has also signed an agreement with an Ontario company to produce 10,000 ventilators. More information here.
The Ontario government outlined key findings from the Canadian Armed Forces report on the five long-term care homes at which the military has been assisting. The report details serious concerns around infection prevention, safety, staffing and level of care. The report also indicates that these five homes are beginning to stabilize with the support of the armed forces.
This afternoon the Ontario government called on the federal government and the Canadian Armed Forces to extend their current mission for at least an additional 30 days. More information here.
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