Ontario Extends Emergency Order Until June 9 As It Continues To Face Increased Coronavirus Cases And Major Problems In Some Long-Term Care Homes Home Of Running Vulnerable Elderly Residents an increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID. 19.
A press release said on Wednesday that as part of the extended emergency order, measures such as restricting gatherings of more than five people will remain in place, as well as a range of other measures, including the closure compulsory bars and restaurants.
The extension comes as political leaders face questions about a report prepared by the Canadian Armed Forces on conditions in the five long-term care homes in Ontario where they were deployed to assist during the pandemic.
The military report details allegations of insect infestation, aggressive feeding of residents who caused suffocation, bleeding and residents calling for help for hours. The report also addresses staffing and training issues, supply shortages and poor communication.
Premier Ontario Doug Ford called the report “horrible” and said it was “the most heartbreaking report” he had ever read. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it “deeply troubling” and said more needs to be done to support people living in long-term care, a message he reiterated Wednesday after Quebec released a report from soldiers on what the members had observed in this province. .
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are helping in 25 long-term care facilities in Quebec, which is the epicenter of the epidemic in Canada.
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Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, said Tuesday that epidemic growth “continues to slow” nationally, but outbreaks remain a problem, especially in long-term care, shelters and workplaces.
Tam said on Twitter that “the most worrisome” was the spread of the community in and around hot spots like Toronto and Montreal.
2/3 Epidemics represent closed parameters where #public health measures may be aimed at #StoptheSpread, but community transmission presents additional challenges for #TestandTrace to control spread to the population level.
She urged people to respect public health measures such as physical distance, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and to stay home when sick.
As of 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Canada had 87,481 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, of which 46,085 were considered resolved or recovered. A count of CBC News deaths based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports is 6,829. Public health officials have warned that the numbers recorded do not capture information about people who have not been tested and cases that are still under investigation.
The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, this can cause serious illness or death. There is no proven treatment or vaccine for the virus, which causes COVID-19 disease.
Here’s what’s happening in the provinces and territories
The British Columbia provincial health worker reported no new deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday. Dr. Bonnie Henry said it was the first time in “a few weeks” that the province had not increased its death toll, which stands at 161. Henry also announced that a hospital outbreak of Richmond was complete, and that there were no new community or health care outbreaks to report. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia
The mayor of the most populous city in Alberta urges residents to keep their distance in popular parks. “Don’t be like Toronto,” said Naheed Nenshi, asking the Calgary residents to avoid four parks and referring to the overcrowding of a popular Toronto park last weekend. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta, where the province has suspended a trial of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19.
Saskatchewan reported a new death from coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths in the province to eight. Health officials said another death was under investigation. The province has not reported any new cases, leaving it with 634, of which 549 are deemed resolved. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
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Manitoba to allow restaurants, gyms and swimming pools to reopen June 1, province announced on Wednesday. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba, where the government is considering amending the multi-million dollar assistance program for businesses affected by the pandemic and subsequent public health restrictions.
Ontario COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the Greater Toronto Area, with more than three-quarters of active cases according to the province of Toronto, as well as in the regions of Peel, York, Durham and Halton, reports MIke Crawley of CBC. Learn more about what’s going on in Ontario, where questions about long-term care continue after a detailed report from the Canadian Armed Forces highlighted the main problems at five facilities. Ontario reported 292 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
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Quebec Expands COVID-19 Tests by Bringing More Mobile Tests to Mauricie region. In Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, municipal vehicles have been transformed in order to be able to offer roadside tests. “When the unit arrives in a neighborhood, the team will ring the doorbell, talk to people about their health, and if they have symptoms, we will invite them to get tested,” said a local health official. . Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec, which reported 541 new cases of coronavirus and 89 new deaths on Wednesday.
New Brunswick health officials reported a new case of coronavirus on Tuesday, the second new case in the province in a week. The new case, a person in their forties, has been reported in the Campbellton area. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
Nova Scotia reported a new case of coronavirus on Wednesday. The province reported a total of 1,053 cases, of which 975 were reported to be resolved or cured. Learn more about what’s going on in Nova Scotia, including the story of a woman trying to help staff at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax.
Prince Edward Island government takes criticism from opposition over decision to allow seasonal residents to travel to the island this summer in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.
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Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, marking 19 days in a row without a new COVID-19 box. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
The Premier of the Northwest Territories has said that she hopes to see lasting change emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. “These programs – bringing people into housing, giving people almost guaranteed wages, better access to child care – are all things that we should all be proud of in this house, and that would be a sin, Mr. Speaker , to take it back, “said Caroline Cochrane Tuesday in the Legislative Assembly. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.
Here’s what’s going on in the world
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