Saturday, June 6th 2020, 9:56 pm - Coronavirus news is changing quickly. Here are some of the latest developments.
COVID-19 news is changing by the hour.
Here's what happened today and some noteworthy stories from the month of June.
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JUNE 6, 2020
Ontario pushes emergency orders to June 19, 455 new COVID-19 cases reported
The Ontario government is extending its emergency orders for another 10 days, until June 19, announced on the same day the province reported an additional 455 cases, 68 of which were the result of a reporting delay, according to CBC News.
JUNE 5, 2020
__Ontario considering Stage 2 of reopening despite steady stream of new COVID-19 cases
According to CBC News, Premier Doug Ford has made indications that he could announce the next phase of loosening Ontario's pandemic restrictions as early as next week, even though there has been a recent uptick in new cases of COVID-19.
Kitchener, Cambridge farmers markets to return in June
Farmers markets in Ontario are gradually reopening after being shut down during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Global News reported. The St. Jacobs Market partially reopened Thursday, and a couple of hours later, Kitchener and Cambridge announced their main farmers markets will open later this month.
JUNE 4, 2020
New Brunswick reports first COVID-19 death
A resident of a long-term care home in northern New Brunswick has died
of COVID-19, the CBC reports.
Daniel Ouellette, who was a resident at the Manoir de la Vallée in Atholville, died Thursday.
He was 84.
New Brunswick has currently confirmed 136 COVID-19 cases, and 120 of those are considered recovered.
Dr. Tam warns of spike in COVID-19 cases if re-openings are mishandled
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam warns Canada could see “explosive growth” in COVID-19 cases if reopening efforts are mishandled.
At a Thursday press conference, Dr. Tam called on all public health offices and government officials to closely monitor COVID-19 over the coming weeks to help keep new infections down.
JUNE 3, 2020
Ontario extends state of emergency until June 30
The Ontario legislature voted on Tuesday to extend the state of emergency until June 30.
The vote came after provincial health authorities reported 446 additional cases of COVID-19, a number that represents a 1.6 per cent increase in total cases.
Canada pre-ordering millions of syringes
The Canadian government has begun stocking up on millions of syringes in anticipation of “mass vaccinations” that will be used if a COVID-19 vaccination is developed.
The signing contract is for 37 million syringes, CTV reports.
JUNE 2, 2020
Ontario hospital failed to flag 700 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Hundreds of positive COVID-19 tests dating back to April 12 in the Toronto area were not flagged to public health officials due to a mix-up between two hospitals, the CBC reports.
The 12 public health units involved were only notified about the oversight within the past few days.
Most of the cases involve residents of Toronto, Peel Region, and York Region.
This means thousands of contacts of confirmed cases were not traced by public health, which may have contributed to a wider spread of the virus.
The tests were conducted by the William Osler Health System as well as a drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre. The samples were processed at a Mount Sinai Hospital lab in Toronto.
Ottawa pledges millions to promote tourism in Canada amid COVID-19
Ottawa will earmark millions to promote domestic travel to support the tourism industry during the pandemic.
On Sunday, Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly announced $30 million originally intended to attract foreign visitors through Destination Canada will be used to assist provinces and territories to develop their own tourism marketing plants.
Officials are also setting aside about $40 million to Ontario and western Canada tourism agencies so that they can adapt their summer operations.
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