Coronavirus Updates

We want to keep residents up to speed on the rapidly changing situation at hand. We will be updating this page as soon as any new information is released.


June 2nd, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says the federal government has begun procuring syringes
  • CRA opens snitch line to information about federal Covid-19 aid program fraud
  • Government announces interest relief for First Nations through the First Nations Finance Authority

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford extends emergency orders until June 30th, 2020
  • Province announces $9 Million to support people struggling to pay their energy bills
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 747,964
    • Currently under investigation: 10,622
    • Confirmed positive: 28,709
    • Resolved: 22,484
    • Deceased: 2,293

Local:

 

  • Closures remain in effect
    • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
    • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
    • Springwater Township playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
    • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
    • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
  • Local Cases:
    • Confirmed positive: 480
    • Resolved: 397
    • Currently in Hospital: 8
    • Deceased: 36

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 6,474,075 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 381,718 confirmed deaths
    • 3,006,831 recovered

 

 


June 1st, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Cities to be sent $2.2 Billion in infrastructure funds early to help Covid-19 recovery
  • Federal government pledging millions to promote holiday travel to Canada during pandemic
  • Prime Minister Trudeau promises another $650 Million in Covid-19 aid to Indigenous communities

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford plans to extend emergency orders until June 30th, 2020
  • Province expands testing for public, frontline workers, first responders and workplaces
  • Province is establishing a new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 732,720
    • Currently under investigation: 6,427
    • Confirmed positive: 28,263
    • Resolved: 22,153
    • Deceased: 2,276

Local:

 

  • Closures remain in effect
    • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
    • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
    • Springwater Township playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
    • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
    • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
  • Local Cases:
    • Confirmed positive: 476
    • Resolved: 389
    • Currently in Hospital: 7
    • Deceased: 36

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 6,365,473 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 377,404 confirmed deaths
    • 2,903,418 recovered

 


May 28th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Feds nearing one-year bilateral deal with provinces on childcare support
  • Dr. Tam says health officials reviewing sports leagues looking to resume play
    • 14-day quarantine for people entering Canada remains in place
  • Canadian intelligence services warn that Canadian health organizations are ripe for cyber attacks

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford rejects regional approach to reopening Ontario’s economy
  • Premier Ford says he’s done ‘taking bullets’ for union members who refused to inspect care homes
  • Ontario government extends mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table
    • This table is composed of health care professionals who make immediate decisions to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 662,162
    • Currently under investigation: 11,868
    • Confirmed positive: 26,886
    • Resolved: 20,673
    • Deceased: 2,189

Local:

  • RVH president asks for patience as hospital prepares for next stage
  • Postal workers walk off the job at Barrie facility over Covid-19 worries
  • Closures remain in effect
    • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
    • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
    • Springwater Township playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
    • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
    • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
  • Local Cases:
    • Confirmed positive: 458
    • Resolved: 356
    • Currently in Hospital: 7
    • Deceased: 36

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,904,673 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 362,010 confirmed deaths
    • 2,579,629 recovered
  • US:
    • Democrat governor of New Mexico violated Coronavirus order, kept business open so she could buy jewelry
    • White House says Trump will sign an executive order on social media after Twitter labeled one of his tweets as misinformation
  • UK:
    • Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet
    • Dental practices to reopen on June 8th, 2020
    • Scottish lockdown easing to begin on Friday May 29th, 2020
  • Europe:
    • France to reopen cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Russia:
    • Moscow more than doubles Covid-19 death toll, now saying 1,561 people died in April
  • Africa:
    • Madagascar denies plan for COvid-19 injection

 


May 27th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says ‘nothing off the table’ in solving long-term care crisis
  • Prime Minster Trudeau will likely attend G-7 meeting in person this June
  • Prime Minister Trudeau implores businesses to re-hire their employees, citing mounting financial pressure
  • Prime Minister Trudeau downplays chance of snap election amidst pandemic
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information to release an interim race data standard, after calls for better demographic data to understand health inequalities

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford announces Ontario will take over five private long-term care homes worst hit by Covid-19
  • Premier Ford extends emergency closures to June 9th, 2020
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 644,547
    • Currently under investigation: 11,817
    • Confirmed positive: 26,483
    • Resolved: 20,372
    • Deceased: 2,155

Local:

  • ‘Thunderhoops’ basketball camp cancelled for first time in 27 years
  • Closures remain in effect
    • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
    • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
    • Springwater Township playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
    • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
    • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
  • Local Cases:
    • Confirmed positive: 458
    • Resolved: 356
    • Currently in Hospital: 7
    • Deceased: 36

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,781,606 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 356,825 confirmed deaths
    • 2,492,499 recovered
  • US:
    • Coronavirus deaths reach 100,000 in US
  • UK:
    • Test and trace system will start Thursday May 28th, 2020
    • No decision on resumption of primary schools reopening
    • Scotland sees fourth weekly fall in Coronavirus deaths
  • Australia:
    • China begins boycott campaign of Australian goods after Australian government calls for an international investigation into Coronavirus origins
  • Europe:
    • EU proposed 750 Billion Euro recovery fund

 


May 26th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • New Democrats have joined forces with the Liberals to waive normal House of Commons proceedings for another four months
    • Special Coronavirus meeting will now meet four times each week for the next month, and four times over the summer
  • Minister of Digital Government, Joyce Murray, promoted fundraiser to sue journalist who published information critical of Chinese government’s handling of Coronavirus
  • Federal deficit likely at $260 Billion due to Covid-19 programs
  • Thousands still flying into Canadian airports despite Covid-19 restrictions
  • Prime Minister Trudeau vows more PPE coming

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford announces launch of investigation into five long-term care homes that could lead to criminal charges
  • Ontario government released full report on state of long-term care homes detailed by the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 629,414
    • Currently under investigation: 6,961
    • Confirmed positive: 26,191
    • Resolved: 19,958
    • Deceased: 2,123

Local:

  • Closures remain in effect
    • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
    • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
    • Springwater Township playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
    • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
    • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
  • Local Cases:
    • Confirmed positive: 457
    • Resolved: 350
    • Currently in Hospital: 7
    • Deceased: 36

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,681,649 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 352,155 confirmed deaths
    • 2,430,510 recovered
  • US:
    • Trump administration considering ‘back-to-work’ bonuses as part of next stimulus
    • New York state health officials cover up Gov. Cuomo’s March 25th order requiring nursing homes to take in Covid-19 patients by deleting it from state health department website
  • UK:
    • Coronavirus deaths fall to six-week low
    • Research into anti-viral drug ‘Remdesivir’ shortens recovery time by about four days
    • Shops in England will start to reopen next week
  • Australia:
    • PM Scott Morrison outlines plans to revive Australia’s economy and reignite local businesses
  • New Zealand:
    • No new cases confirmed for five days in a row
    • Deputy Prime Minister says country has been in lockdown for too long focus needs to shift towards health and economic impacts caused by continuing restrictions
  • Europe:
    • Denmark reopens borders to couples in Germany and the Nordic countries
    • Germany eyes lifting travel restrictions to 31 countries
  • Africa:
    • Kenya looks for 400 vaccine volunteers as part of a trail
    • Zimbabwe arrests 40,000 for ‘violating lockdown’
  • Asia:
    • The WHO continues to lavish China with praise for handling of Coronavirus crisis, citing their openness

 


May 25th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Minister of Health, stops Dr. Tam from answering questions about the Federal stockpile of personal protective equipment
  • Prime Minister Trudeau taps bank CEOs to help chart course for economic recovery plan
  • Feds pledge to push provinces for paid sick leave following NDP prompt
  • Applications now open for property owners in the Commercial Rent Assistance program

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford warns landlords of ‘consequences’ as small businesses fret evictions
  • Premier Ford to delay easing Covid-19 rules after people in Toronto flock to parks over the weekend
  • Ontario auto-sector returns to work
  • More than 6,500 Ontarians have offered to deliver food, run errands for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Ministry of Long-Term Care has issued mandatory management orders appointing local hospitals to temporarily manage two long-term care homes
  • The Ontario government is quickly moving forward with innovative research to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. Part of $20 Million investment
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 619,539
    • Currently under investigation: 3,883
    • Confirmed positive: 25,904
    • Resolved: 19,698
    • Deceased: 2,102

Local:

  • City of Barrie considering report which would ban cars on Dunlop Street between Mulcaster and Clapperton streets in hopes that it will help downtown businesses
  • Closures remain in effect
    • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
    • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
    • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
    • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
  • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
  • Local Cases:
    • Confirmed positive: 454
    • Resolved: 340
    • Currently in Hospital: 8
    • Deceased: 36

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,587,526 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 347,872 confirmed deaths
    • 2,365,663 recovered
  • US:
    • New York’s daily Coronavirus death rate falls below 100 for the first time since March
    • Governor Cuomo attempts to deflect blame of deadly nursing home situation on to Trump
    • Small business owners petition NYC to let them reopen: ‘Walmart is open, why not us?’
    • White House bars entry of non-US citizens traveling from Brazil, citing Coronavirus conerns
  • UK:
    • Non-essential shops to reopen on June 15th
  • Europe:
    • Czechs reopen bars and restaurants
      • Schools, swimming pools, zoos and castles reopened
    • Spain to stop quarantining arrivals on July 1st
  • Africa:
    • Nigeria has no money to import food
      • President urges farmers to get back to work
    • South African leader warns outbreak will get worse
  • Asia:
    • Flights resume in India

 


May 22nd, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says that Federal government will strongly suggest citizens use their contact tracing app
  • Prime Minister Trudeau says feds will fund testing and tracing
  • Official Opposition Conservatives want Parliament declared ‘essential service’ and a return to regular sittings
  • Feds expand eligibility to CEBA loans to farmers and food producers
  • Government of Canada announces online tool to assist Canadians in accessing financial support
  • Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party apply for wage subsidy as donations drop due to Coronavirus

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford announces that Ontario to start expanded testing this weekend
    • Starting with front-line health-care workers
  • Ontario government announces funding grants for the purchase of tools, protective equipment and clothing necessary for workers in the trades and hospitality sector
  • $ 1,000 for those destined for trades in the motive power sector
  • $ 600 for trades in the construction and industrial sectors
  • $ 400 for trades in the service sector
  • To be eligible for the new grant, apprentices must have:
    • completed level 1 training on or after April 1, 2020;
    • an active registered training agreement; and
    • been registered as an apprentice for at least 12 months.
  • Ontario government is permitting Ontario corporations to conduct virtual meetings and defer certain annual meetings in specific circumstances
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 588,958
    • Currently under investigation: 5,516
    • Confirmed positive: 24,628
    • Resolved: 18,767
    • Deceased: 2,021

Local:

  • MISC:
    • Decision to close Lake Simcoe Airport reversed after local MPs advocated against such action
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,301,800 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 339,922 confirmed deaths
    • 2,158,477 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump announces that houses of worship are essential and calls on governors to open them up
    • Basketball legend Patrick Ewing tests positive for Coronavirus
  • UK:
    • Quarantine plans unveiled for UK arrivals
  • Europe:
    • Theatres, cinemas, and museums reopen in Denmark
  • Africa:
    • Tanzanian official says that Coronavirus has ended
    • Africa reaches 100,000 Coronavirus cases
  • Asia:
    • Yemen’s health care system ‘collapsed’ amid virus warns UN agency

 


May 21st, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces additional $75 Million in funding for ‘off-reserve’ Indigenous Canadians
  • Finance Minister Morneau, says fiscal update not coming until situation is more stable

Provincial:                                                         

  • Premier Ford announces that daycare staff, teachers to be tested for Covid-19 when they return to work
  • Ontario Government announces first phase of research projects to fight Covid-19
    • 22 clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 577,682
    • Currently under investigation: 5,051
    • Confirmed positive: 24,187
    • Resolved: 18,509
    • Deceased: 1,993

Local:

  • MISC:
    • Hardwood Hills set to reopen Saturday May 23rd, 2020
    • City of Barrie reopens Tiffin boat launch, and Bayview Drive dog park
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,189,177 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 334,072 confirmed deaths
    • 2,078,536 recovered
  • US:
    • Republican senators press for more stimulus payments during Coronavirus crisis
    • President Trump orders flags on federal buildings lowered for three days in memory of those killed by Coronavirus
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson orders civil servants to draft plans to end UK’s reliance on China for vital medical supplies
    • New ‘on-the-spot’ Coronavirus test being trialled
    • Ten million antibody tests will also start being rolled out next week – Health Secretary
    • NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff
    • Scottish lockdown easing to begin next week
  • Europe:
    • Sicily’s Coronavirus chief arrested in bribery probe
    • French healthcare workers fined at Paris hospital protest
  • Russia:
    • Chechen leader treated for Coronavirus in Moscow hospital
  • Latin America:
    • Mexico reports record one-day Coronavirus death toll
    • Strict Coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have destroyed the food supply to the point that people are waving/hanging white flags seeking food and assistance
  • Africa:
    • Two-day-old baby dies with Coronavirus in South Africa
    • Uganda cuts official Coronavirus tally in half
  • Asia:
    • China implements new security law in Hong Kong amidst Coronavirus pandemic

 


May 20th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Federal Government rolls out loans for big firms
    • Large companies can now apply to access multi-million-dollar loans
  • Landlords will soon be able to apply for commercial rent relief program
    • Feds promise quick turnaround on funding
  • CSIS flags possible security breaches at Canadian pandemic research facilities
  • Public Health Agency of Canada now recommends wearing non-medical face masks

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford vows that testing numbers will increase
  • Premier Ford issues warning to landlords not participating in the commercial rent subsidy program
  • Government of Ontario now recommends face coverings when physical distancing is no possible
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 567,176
    • Currently under investigation: 4,444
    • Confirmed positive: 23,774
    • Resolved: 18,190
    • Deceased: 1,962

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 5,085,504 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 329,731 confirmed deaths
    • 2,021,666 recovered
  • US:
    • More than 600 doctors signed a letter to President Trump pushing him to end the ‘national shutdown’
    • All 50 US states now on a path to reopening
  • UK:
    • Track and trace system in place for June – Prime Minister Johnson
    • Coronavirus benefit claims fraud could be 1.5 Billion Pounds
    • Public cautioned against buying antibody tests
  • Europe:
    • Greece to start tourist season in mid-June
    • Spain tightens mask rules for all older than five
  • Africa:
    • Experts warn that virus could kill over 40,000 in South Africa
  • Asia:
    • Controversial diary written by Wuhan author has been translated into English
    • India extends Coronavirus lockdown by two weeks

 

 


May 19th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau promises to continue support for the WHO
  • US/Canada border to remain closed to non-essential travel until June 21st, 2020
  • Finance Minister announces Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended until August
  • Minister of Small Businesses announces expanded loan eligibility
    • Sole owner-operators
    • Businesses that rely on contractors
    • Family-owned business
    • Pay employees through dividends
    • Businesses without a minimum of $20,000 in payroll if they have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return
      • “…we know that there are still some business owners who operate out of their personal bank account, as opposed to a business account, or they are new, or they have yet to file a tax return. We're working hard to develop solutions to help these businesses through this challenging time.” – Minister Ng

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford announces Ontario schools will be closed until September
  • Premier Ford extends emergency orders until May 29th, 2020 forcing bars and restaurants to remain closed
    • Drive-in religious gatherings are now allowed
    • Only gatherings of 5 people are allowed
  • Stage one of Provincial reopening comes into effect today
  • Ontario government is working with Medical Innovation Xchange, Canadas first industry-led hub for med-tech start-ups, to provide non-medical manufacturing companies free support as they retool to provide essential supplies
  • Ontario announces independent commission into long-term care
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 559,794
    • Currently under investigation: 2,294
    • Confirmed positive: 23,384
    • Resolved: 17,898
    • Deceased: 1,919

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,986,332 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    • 324,910 confirmed deaths
    • 1,958,496 recovered
  • US:
    • New Jersey Senate plans hearings on Covid-19 disaster inside nursing homes
  • UK:
    • No guarantee of quick economic bounce back – Chancellor Sunak
  • Asia:
    • More than 100 million people in China’s Jilin province are being forced back on lockdown

 


May 15th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says wage subsidy being extended to end of August
  • Deputy Prime Minister Freeland won’t say if US wants to delay reopening Canada/US border
  • Chinese ambassador complains that China is a victim of Coronavirus disinformation
  • 1 dead, 34 Maple Leaf Foods employees infected with Covid-19 at Montreal plant
  • 5 Canadian Forces members working in long-term care homes diagnosed with Covid-19

Provincial:

  • Premier Doug Ford hints at lifting restrictions on gatherings as Ontario economy begins its reopening
  • Ontario stage one reopening includes stores, surgeries, tennis and dog grooming
    • Golf clubs, marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches can open Saturday May 16th, 2020
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 475,058
    • Currently under investigation: 14,373
    • Confirmed positive: 21,922
    • Resolved: 16,641
    • Deceased: 1,825

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,624,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 308450 confirmed deaths
    • 1,757,127 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump announces public-private partnership to develop Coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year if we can
    • California biopharmaceutical company claims Coronavirus antibody breakthrough
    • North Carolina sees highest number of Covid-19 cases amid Phase 1 of reopening plan
    • Fox news obtains draft letter which would partially restore US funding of the WHO
    • Arlington National Cemetery will be closed to the public this Memorial Day due to Coronavirus restrictions
  • UK:
    • Covid-19 tests for all in English care homes by early June
    • Too soon to reopen schools says doctors’ union
    • Public urged to avoid England’s beauty spots
  • Australia:
    • Restaurants, cafes and some pubs re-open in New South Wales
  • Europe:
    • Switzerland, Germany and Austria begin relaxing border restrictions ahead of full reopening
    • Italy to allow travel to and from abroad from June 3rd, 2020
  • Latin America:
    • Second Brazilian health minister quits in a month
  • Asia:
    • Vietnam has reported zero Coronavirus deaths

 


May 14th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau shrugs off CERB fraudsters saying Ottawa did not want to paralyze CERB payments with checks
  • New Memo tells staff to make CERB payment even if claimant quit job voluntarily or was fired for cause
  • Canadian Intelligence Agencies warn that Canada’s Covid-19 research is a target for foreign spies
  • National parks, and historic sites partly reopening June 1st, 2020
    • Will not be open to camping

Provincial:

  • Ontario stage one reopening includes stores, surgeries, tennis and dog grooming
    • Golf clubs, marinas, boat clubs and pubic boat launches can open Saturday May 16th, 2020
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 475,058
    • Currently under investigation: 17,578
    • Confirmed positive: 21,494
    • Resolved: 16,204
    • Deceased: 1,798

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,521,174 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 303,070 confirmed deaths
    • 1,702,113 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump says he will veto house Democrats $3 Trillion Coronavirus relief legislation
  • UK:
    • One in 400 people in England has Coronavirus
    • Government agrees to 1.6-Billion-pound bailout for London transport
    • First moves to ease North Ireland lockdown to begin next week
  • Australia:
    • Cafes and bars reopen in parts of Australia
    • 600,000 jobs lost in Australia due to virus
  • Europe:
    • Slovenia calls an end to its Coronavirus epidemic, relaxes border controls
    • Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia create Europe’s first pandemic travel bubble
    • Amsterdam trials ‘Covid-safe’ restaurant
  • Russia:
    • President Putin has declared Russia’s six-week lockdown over
  • Africa:
    • Burundi expels the WHO staff
  • Asia:
    • Coronavirus infections fall in much of Japan expect Tokyo and Osaka
    • Covid-19 detected in world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh
    • Yemen sees surge in Coronavirus deaths

 


May 13th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Canada/US likely to extend ban on non-essential travel until June 21st, 2020
  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces that portal for student benefit will be open on Friday, May 15th, 2020
  • Prime Minister Trudeau says no timeline for federal budget as things are changing extremely quickly
  • Government announces $962 million for the new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, to be administers through the regional development agencies
  • Ipsos poll says more Canadians are ditching physical-distancing protocols

Provincial:

  • Ontario to ease Covid-19 restrictions on retail construction
  • Premier Ford to announce plans for Ontario to enter ‘Stage 1’ of reopening this Thursday May 14th, 2020
  • Province making prescription drugs more affordable
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 475,058
    • Currently under investigation: 13,395
    • Confirmed positive: 21,236
    • Resolved: 15,845
    • Deceased: 1,765

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,337,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 292,403 confirmed deaths
    • 1,596,882 recovered
  • US:
    • Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state’s stay at home order
    • Illinois county defies governor, vows its back open for business during coronavirus outbreak
    • FBI accuses China of hacking attempts against US Coronavirus data
  • UK:
    • Allowing family gathers ‘complicated’ England’s deputy chief medical officer says
  • Europe:
    • EU promises to have summer tourist season
  • South America:
    • Brazil records highest daily rise in virus deaths
  • Africa:
    • Tanzania hospitals overwhelmed by Coronavirus
    • Cameroonians arrested for distributing face masks
  • Asia:
    • India targets small businesses in economy bailout

 


May 12th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Federal Government sending seniors one-time payment of up to $500 as part of Covid-19 aid.
    • $300 for any senior who is eligible for the OAS
    • $200 for any senior who is eligible for GIS
  • National Research Council strikes a deal with Chinese military and business to develop Covid-19 vaccine in Canada
    • Human testing will be conducted in Canada
  • Canada gives $790 million to help vaccinate in more vulnerable countries
  • Feds unveil new Covid-19 stream for provincial infrastructure program
  • Federal workers order to ignore cheating in CERB and EI claims
    • It is suspected that over 200,000 false claims have been filed
  • Parliamentary Budget Officer says ‘not unthinkable’ that federal debt could hit $1 Trillion this fiscal year

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford to announce plans for Ontario to enter ‘Stage 1’ of reopening this Thursday May 14th, 2020
  • Declaration of Emergency extended until June 2nd, 2020
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 459,921
    • Currently under investigation: 10,811
    • Confirmed positive: 20,907
    • Resolved: 15,391
    • Deceased: 1,725

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,337,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 292,403 confirmed deaths
    • 1,596,882 recovered
  • US:
    • Dr. Fauci appeared before Senate committee for questioning
    • House Democrats unveil Coronavirus bill estimated to cost $3 Trillion
      • Would include illegal immigrants getting stimulus checks
  • UK:
    • UK wage subsidy scheme gets extended by four months
  • Australia:
    • Students go back to school as states open up
  • Europe:
    • Oldest woman in Spain beats Coronavirus at 113
    • EU pushes to unlock borders as Coronavirus ravages travel and tourism
  • Russia:
    • Russia now has second number of virus cases
      • China’s official numbers are widely questioned
  • Asia:
    • India PM outlines economy rescue package

 


May 11th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Increased border traffic likely as Canada – US reopen economies – Deputy Prime Minister Freeland
  • Federal Government announces new loans to large corporations to help pay employees
  • Parliamentary Budget Officer says Federal Government should release fiscal update, and recovery plan soon
  • Federal government considering training program for unemployed Canadians to help in long-term care homes – Minister of Employment
  • Federal Government says food inspectors who refuse to be reassigned to work at Covid-19 infected meat plants could face sanctions
  • Legal group suing Federal Government to roll back Covid-19 restrictions

Provincial:

  • Ontario retail stores open for curbside pickup and delivery
  • Ontario opening Provincial Parks and conservation reserves
    • Social distancing must be maintained
  • Provincial government has approved an emergency order that would enable school board employees to be voluntarily deployed to congregate care settings, including hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and women’s shelters
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 447,964
    • Currently under investigation: 9,018
    • Confirmed positive: 20,546
    • Resolved: 15,131
    • Deceased: 1,669

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores, hardware, safety supply stores, nurseries and garden centres with a street entrance can reopen for curbside and delivery
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,253,631 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 287,245 confirmed deaths
    • 1,527,002 recovered
  • US:
    • Elon Musk of Tesla has reopened factory against orders of local county
    • New York state sees decline in hospitalizations
    • White House staff ordered to wear masks
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson says people should only return to the workplace if it is secure against Coronavirus
    • Plan to ease the North Ireland lockdown to be introduced Tuesday May 12th, 2020
  • Australia:
    • Students go back to school as states open up
  • Europe:
    • French shops reopen, but masks widely required
  • Russia:
    • Putin eases Russian lockdown
  • Africa:
    • Two hotels demolished in Nigeria, over ‘breach of lockdown rules’
    • South Africans start to doubt tough lockdown
    • Tunisia records zero new Coronavirus cases

 


May 8th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Statistics Canada says that Canada lost 2 Million jobs since lockdown measures took effect
  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces that wage subsidy program will be extended beyond June
  • Federal government rejects another 8 Million surgical masks from China
  • Minister of Finance says Canada is in ‘recessionary time’

Provincial:

  • Province eases restrictions on professional sports training facilities
  • Province and Federal government is investing additional $2.25 Million in provincially licensed meat procession plants to better protect employees
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 397,149
    • Currently under investigation: 14,641
    • Confirmed positive: 19,598
    • Resolved: 13,990
    • Deceased: 1,540

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores with a street entrance can reopen Monday May 11th, 2020
    • Hardware and safety supply stores will be allowed to fully reopen on Saturday May 9th, 2020
    • Nurseries and garden centres will be open on Friday May 8th, 2020
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 4,010,571 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 275,959 confirmed deaths
    • 1,382,333 recovered
  • US:
    • Mike Pence’s aide test positive for Coronavirus
    • Unrest growing in few remaining states that won’t give firm reopening dates
    • California county threatens Gov. Newsom with lawsuit over lockdown measures
  • UK:
    • Great Britain facing no ‘dramatic overnight change’ in lockdown rues
  • Europe:
    • Italy death toll tops 30,000 highest in EU
  • Latin America:
    • Three nurses murdered in Mexico as country reaches peak transmission
    • Tijuana Coronavirus death rate soars after hospital outbreaks
  • Africa:
    • Coronavirus could kill 190,000 in Africa in one year, warns the WHO

 


May 7th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says deal has been reached to top up wages for essential Covid-19 workers
  • 82% of Canada’s Covid-19 deaths have been in long term care homes
  • Greyhound Canada to shut down temporarily all bus routes as ridership plunges
  • Prime Minister rules out federal intervention at Cargill meat plant in Alberta, after Union boss complains about health conditions
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs refused to thank Taiwan when asked to thank Taiwan for mask donation

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford announces the resumption of surgeries and medical proceedings
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 380,854
    • Currently under investigation: 13,012
    • Confirmed positive: 19,121
    • Resolved: 13,569
    • Deceased: 1,477

Local:

  • MISC:
    • All retail stores with a street entrance can reopen Monday May 11th, 2020
    • Hardware and safety supply stores will be allowed to fully reopen on Saturday May 9th, 2020
    • Nurseries and garden centres will be open on Friday May 8th, 2020
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,915,836 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 270,684 confirmed deaths
    • 1,341,106 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump’s personal valet tests positive for Coronavirus
  • UK:
    • Government urges caution on lockdown easing
  • Europe:
    • Paris restrictions to stay as France reopens
    • German soccer league will resume on May 16th, 2020

 


May 6th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • President of the Treasury board, Minister Yves Duclos, says the government ‘will continue to be there for Canadians’ as the end date for Canada’s four-month CERB program draws closer to end date
    • Wont rule out an extension
  • Canada to have completed its 1 millionth Covid-19 test soon
  • Government provides tariff relief to importers of certain medical goods

Provincial:

  • Province extends electricity rate relief during Covid-19
  • Government announces that all retail businesses with a street entrance can reopen Monday May 11th, 2020
  • Hardware and safety supply stores will be allowed to fully reopen on Saturday May 9th, 2020
  • Nurseries and garden centres will be open on Friday May 8th, 2020
  • Province has further liberalized liquor laws allowing for lower prices and more options
  • Ontario government funds Virox Technologies Inc. with $850,000 to help double the production of disinfectants and create jobs
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 342,060
    • Currently under investigation: 6,265
    • Confirmed positive: 17,923
    • Resolved: 12,505
    • Deceased: 1,300

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,818,779 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 264,810 confirmed deaths
    • 1,292,786 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump says virus is a worse attack than Pearl Harbour
    • White House says relationship with China is disappointing, frustrating
    • Texas Republicans get illegal haircuts in protest of Coronavirus lockdown
    • California’s LA County reopens trails, some businesses as Orange County reopens beaches
  • UK:
    • UK first European country to pass 30,000 deaths
    • Government launches hardship fund for fairy farmers
    • Heathrow airport trialling passenger temperature checks
  • Australia:
    • With numbers of infections slowing Australia is forging ahead with plans to restart its economy
  • New Zealand:
    • Prime Minister “no open borders for a long time”
  • Europe:
    • Germany says football can resume and shops reopen
    • Poland’s presidential election halted, new date will be set for the postal-only election
  • Latin America:
    • Mexico receives ventilator shipment from US
    • Columbian President declares new state of emergency
  • Africa:
    • Kenya to shut off two areas identified as virus hot-spots
    • Most Africans will run out of food in lockdown
  • Asia:
    • India to start Covid-19 evacuation operation to repatriate thousands of Indian nationals
    • Covid-19 cost India 120 million jobs
    • Iranian airline spread Coronavirus

 


May 4th, 2020

New Developments:

Federal:

  • Prime Minister considering not introducing a Federal budget for 2020
  • Government pledges $850 Million for global fight against Coronavirus
  • Quebec begins easing lockdown
  • Union representing workers at Alberta food processing plant wants government intervention to shut down plant

Provincial:

  • Ontario significantly increases daily lab testing
    • Now exceeding 16,000 tests a day
  • Government announces $12 Million in emergency funding to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports
  • Premier Ford says there’s only so long he can ‘hold back taxpayers from cottages’
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 342,060
    • Currently under investigation: 6,265
    • Confirmed positive: 17,923
    • Resolved: 12,505
    • Deceased: 1,300

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,645,352 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 252,393 confirmed deaths
    • 1,194,969 recovered
  • US:
    • US to borrow record $3 Trillion in pandemic spending
    • Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China
  • UK:
    • Trial app being tested on the Isle of Wight
  • Australia:
    • Australia lifts some of the worst restrictions
    • New Zealand joins Australia’s Coronavirus cabinet meeting to discuss travel hub
  • Europe:
    • New lows for deaths in France, Spain and Italy
    • Germany to reopen all shops, allow soccer matches
  • Africa:
    • Nigeria begins to ease lockdown
  • Asia:
    • Liquor stores reopen in India
    • Indonesia reports 395 new Coronavirus infections

 


May 1st, 2020

New Developments:

Provincial:

  • Ontario providing support for industrial and commercial electricity consumers during Covid-19
  • Ontario allowing some businesses to reopen on May 4th, 2020
    • Recently release list of new safety regulations businesses must adopt to reopen
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 294,054
    • Currently under investigation: 11,975
    • Confirmed positive: 16,608
    • Resolved: 10,825
    • Deceased: 1,121

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,400,278 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 239,570 confirmed deaths
    • 1,081,156 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump stands by China lab origin theory
  • UK:
    • UK has hit its target of carrying our 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day
  • Australia:
    • Prime Minister says Australians ‘deserve an early mark’ as new infections dwindle
  • Europe:
    • France warns that ending the national lockdown on May 11th will only be a first step to pull out of the pandemic
    • Ireland announced plan for gradual re-opening of the economy on May 18th, 2020
  • Latin America:
    • Brazil registers record number of new Coronavirus cases
  • Asia:
    • Kim Jong Un makes first appearance in 20 days after storm of health rumours
    • India virus lockdown extended by two weeks

 


April 30th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PBO says Federal deficit could top $252 Billion
  • House of Commons Health Committee voted unanimously to issue a formal summons to Bruce Aylward, senior advisor to the WHO
  • Liberals forced to amend student support legislation

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford announces more than 60 labour guidelines that businesses will need to follow to reopen
    • “Get ready”, provinces is getting close to reopening
  • Government launches new app to support trucking industry
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 277,522
    • Currently under investigation: 11,859
    • Confirmed positive: 16,187
    • Resolved: 10,205
    • Deceased: 1082

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,304,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 233,829 confirmed deaths
    • 1,039,055 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump says he’s seen evidence virus emerged from Wuhan lab
  • UK:
    • UK past the peak of Coronavirus, says PM
    • UK ethnic minorities suffer extra Covid deaths
  • Australia:
    • Australis plots return of sport as spread of Coronavirus slows
  • Europe:
    • Germany warns against worldwide travel before mid-June
  • Russia:
    • Russian PM, Mikhail Mishustin, tests positive for Coronavirus
  • Latin America:
    • Columbia foils jail break attempt amid virus fears
    • Nine killed in Peru jail riot after Covid deaths
    • Chile opens national park for citizens
  • Asia:
    • Japan to extend Coronavirus emergency as early as Monday
    • Yemen reports first Coronavirus deaths

 


April 29th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • House of Commons passes $9 Billion aid package
    • Emergency student benefit boosted
    • Senate expected to pass the bill on Friday May 1st, 2020
  • Prime Minister Trudeau open to voluntary Coronavirus tracking app for mobile phones

Provincial:

  • ‘Stay at home’ Premier Ford warns people from outside Ontario
  • Premier Ford announces more frontline workers eligible for Emergency Child Care
  • Province launches new website to accept proposals from businesses to temporarily change rules and regulations
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 264,594
    • Currently under investigation: 9,530
    • Confirmed positive: 15,728
    • Resolved: 9,612
    • Deceased: 996

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,219,424 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 228,197 confirmed deaths
    • 1,000,293 recovered
  • US:
    • “Clear-cut” evidence that Coronavirus drug ‘remdesivir’ works, Dr. Fauci
    • Florida Governor announces state will start opening businesses Monday May 4th, 2020 with restrictions
    • New Jersey to reopen state and county parks after protests over restrictions
  • UK:
    • UK government is facing the deadline for its daily Coronavirus testing target of 100,000 per day
      • Reached 52,000 on Tuesday, March 28th, 2020
    • Australia:
      • Australians urged to sign up to tracking app
        • PM said wide usage would be the ‘ticket’ to normal life resuming as soon as possible
      • Europe:
        • Germany warns against worldwide travel before mid-June
      • Latin America:
        • El Salvador gangs taking advantage of pandemic
          • Military and police have been authorized to use lethal force against gangs
        • Amazon city resorts to mass graves as Brazil Covid-19 deaths soar
      • Asia:
        • South Korea reports no new domestic Coronavirus cases
        • Japan PM says he will consult with experts on whether to extend state of emergency
        • China opposes international Covid-19 probe

 


April 28th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Parliament holds first ever digital session
  • New Covid-19 modelling shows that curve is flattening
  • Federal and Provincial governments agree on a common set of principals for the reopening of the economy
  • Premier Legault of Quebec says the Covid-19 situation is under control
    • Quebec to reopen manufacturing, construction and some retail businesses on May 4th
  • Health Minister says Canada is open to reviewing the WHO’s Covid-19 actions

Provincial:

  • Ontario will release clear guidelines on reopening businesses
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 253,040
    • Currently under investigation: 6,282
    • Confirmed positive: 15,381
    • Resolved: 8,964
    • Deceased: 951

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,136,174 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 217,793 confirmed deaths
    • 953,034 recovered
  • US:
    • Trump promises to send ventilators to Nigeria
  • UK:
    • Millions more to become eligible for Coronavirus tests
    • Testing in North Ireland is being significantly ramped up
  • Europe:
    • Aggressive testing to underpin France’s Coronavirus lockdown exit
    • France mandates masks for schools and transport
    • Spain to phase out Coronavirus lockdown, eyes normality by end-June
    • Greece plans gradual relaxation of lockdown measures
  • Russia:
    • Putin extends Russia’s lockdown for two weeks
  • Latin America:
    • Argentine halts all flights until September 1st
    • Chile to introduce ‘virus free’ ID
    • Cuban doctors go to South Africa to fight Covid-19
  • Africa:
    • Nigeria to begin ‘phased and gradual’ easing of lockdowns in Lagos and Abuja
    • Court in Malawi says no to lockdown, only country in Africa where no lockdown in place
  • Asia:
    • Coronavirus probably circulating in Yemen
    • Cases in India close to 30,000
    • India cancels order for test kits from China
    • China bans civilians from buying/playing a Coronavirus themed video game

 


April 27th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says ‘normal’ is still along way off
  • CERB benefit expanded for self employed
    • Owners who pay themselves through dividends will have access
    • Those with business expenses will be able to earn more money
  • US Canadian border will be closed until virus under better control
  • Coronavirus forces feds to hit pause on climate legislation
  • Nearly 10,000 businesses apply for wage subsidy in first hours of program being open

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford unveils plan for reopening the economy in phases
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 242,188
    • Currently under investigation: 5,001
    • Confirmed positive: 14,856
    • Resolved: 8,525
    • Deceased: 892

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 3,060,696 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 211,253 confirmed deaths
    • 921,094 recovered
  • US:
    • More US states begin lifting virus lockdown order
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson returns to No 10.
    • UK not ready to start easing off lockdowns
  • New Zealand
    • Prime Minister declares victory over Coronavirus, economy will begin to reopen
  • Australia
    • Beginning lifting restrictions, beaches reopening
  • Europe:
    • Spain considering looser lockdown after kids return to the streets
    • Ireland not yet ready to ease Coronavirus restrictions
  • Latin America:
    • Argentine imposes toughest travel ban in western hemisphere
  • Africa:
    • Nigeria to begin ‘phased and gradual’ easing of lockdowns in Lagos and Abuja
  • Asia:
    • Turkey says it will send medical gear to the United States
    • Jordan eases Coronavirus curfew and reopens more businesses

 


April 24th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Federal government announces guidelines for reopening the economy
    • Some provinces will have to be patient
  • Deal reached with all provinces to subsidize small business commercial rent by 75%
  • China will be replacing faulty medical equipment it recently sent to Canada

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford’s mother-in-law tests positive for Covid-19
  • Ontario government will announce its plan to reopen Ontario’s economy next week
  • Military is now assisting at long-term care and retirement homes across the province
  • Ontario strikes deal with Ottawa over small business commercial rent subsidy
    • Ontario will contribute $241 million
    • Ottawa will contribute $900 million
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 207,040
    • Currently under investigation: 5,414
    • Confirmed positive: 13,519
    • Resolved: 7,087
    • Deceased: 763

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,825,914 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 196,931 confirmed deaths
    • 779,774 recovered
  • US:
    • US approves first at-home test for Covid-19
    • US repatriates stranded citizens from Cuba
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson is facing pressure to make a speedy return to work
  • Europe:
    • Belgium unveils plans to lift lockdown
  • Latin America:
    • Argentine inmate set fire to prison in Coronavirus protest
    • Uruguay reopens some rural schools
  • Africa:
    • South Africa relaxes lockdown
  • Asia:
    • China rejects calls for inquiry into virus origins

 


April 23rd, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • A prominent physician and key member of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says the World Health Organization placed too much confidence in Chinese data on the outbreak and set back the world’s response by as much as three weeks.
  • Prime Minister Trudeau says that Provinces will decide when to reopen their economies

Provincial:

  • Ontario government providing $1.5 Million in funding to Children’s Aid Foundation to support young people
  • Ontario government unveiled a new Action Plan for Vulnerable People
    • Enhanced Screening and Reduced Exposure to Prevent Spread
    • Enhancing screening of visitors, staff, and residents on sites, as well as restricting non-essential visitors.
    • Providing masks to staff working in congregate care settings and providing training on the use of personal protective equipment in the event of an outbreak.  
    • Infection Control: Managing Outbreaks and Limiting Spread
    • Enhancing testing of symptomatic staff and clients to identify the need for isolation and additional infection control measures on-site.
    • Planning to limit staff from working at more than one congregate care setting during an outbreak, specifically in developmental services, intervenor services, violence against women and anti-human trafficking settings.
    • Providing additional training and support for high-risk settings dealing with an outbreak, including guidance on how to isolate clients.
    • Sustaining Staffing and Managing Staff Shortages
    • Working with organizations to promote workforce stability and capacity in high-risk settings.
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 194,745
    • Currently under investigation: 6,757
    • Confirmed positive: 12,879
    • Resolved: 6,680
    • Deceased: 713

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,718,155 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 190,636 confirmed deaths
    • 745,620 recovered
  • US:
    • Secretary of State say U.S. may never restore WHO funds after cut-off over pandemic
    • Congress passes $484 Billion Coronavirus relief bill
  • UK:
    • Essential workers in England to get virus tests
    • First patients injected in UK Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • Australia:
    • Australia calls on G20 nations to end wet markets in China over Coronavirus concerns
  • Europe:
    • Huge economic rescue plan agreed to by European leaders
  • Latin America:
    • Uruguay reopens some rural schools
  • Asia:
    • President Duterte extends Coronavirus lockdown in Philippine capital of Manila

 


April 22nd, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces financial support for students and recent graduates
    • $1,250 a month, or $1,750 a month if you are caring for someone
  • Quebec request 1,000 soldiers to help long term care homes in the province
  • Ontario request soldiers to help with logistics in long term care homes

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford requests federal soldiers to help province with logistics in long term care homes
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 184,531
    • Currently under investigation: 6,845
    • Confirmed positive: 12,245
    • Resolved: 6,221
    • Deceased: 659

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,637,673 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 184,217 confirmed deaths
    • 717,625 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump signs executive order halting immigration for 60 days
    • US says review of WHO to asses if the group is run ‘the way it should be’
  • UK:
    • UK Government plans to test a sample of 20,000 British households for Covid-19 in the coming weeks to try to establish how far the disease has spread
    • UK Zoom parliament makes an almost glitch-free debut
  • Australia:
    • Australia calls on G20 nations to end wet markets in China over Coronavirus concerns
  • Europe:
    • Spain approves lockdown extension but will let children take walks as Coronavirus spread slows
    • Albanian seasonal workers could go to Greece in May
    • Face masks to be compulsory across Germany
  • Russia:
    • Russian communists defy lockdown with Red Square parade for Lenin’s 150th anniversary since his birth
  • Latin America:
    • Mexican coronavirus cases surpass 10,000
    • Brazil’s Sao Paulo state to gradually reopen economy on May 11th
  • Africa:
    • Egypt amends emergency laws amid coronavirus outbreak
    • Tanzania’s president calls for debt forgiveness to help battle virus
  • Asia:
    • Abu Dhabi will re-open bus services on Saturday after sterilization
    • Bahrain extends closure measures for two weeks starting April 23rd

 


April 21st, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Government launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for employers
  • Two planes scheduled to pickup supplies from China return empty
  • Air Canada suspending flights to US for four weeks after April 26th, 2020

Provincial:

  • Province investing $11 Million to help deliver meals, medicines, and other essentials to provinces most vulnerable
    • Also doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System
    • Ontario begins working on plan to reopen as modelling data suggests cases have peaked
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 174,170
    • Currently under investigation: 5,546
    • Confirmed positive: 11,735
    • Resolved: 5,806
    • Deceased: 622

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,556,559 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 177,613 confirmed deaths
    • 690,302 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump signs executive order halting immigration for 60 days
  • UK:
    • Peak may now be over, experts
  • Australia:
    • New South Wales will start reopening schools next month as Coronavirus infections slow
  • Europe:
    • Spain to let children take walks as Coronavirus spread slows
  • Latin America:
    • Venezuela communist regime and opposition leaders begin secret talks amid Coronavirus pandemic
    • Mexican coronavirus cases surpass 9,000
  • Africa:
    • South Africa pledges Covid-19 rescue package worth 10% of GDP

 


April 20th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Air travel passengers are now be required to wear non-medical face
  • Parliament votes on how it will proceed during the Covid-19
    • 1 in person sitting per week, 2 virtual sittings

Provincial:

  • Health experts say the Covid-19 outbreak has likely peaked
    • Ontario begins working on plan to reopen as modelling data suggests cases have peaked
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 164,840
    • Currently under investigation: 3,799
    • Confirmed positive: 11,184
    • Resolved: 5,515
    • Deceased: 584

Local:

  • Misc:
    • Modelling shows we could have social distancing in place for up to 2 years. – Dr. Gardiner, SMDHU
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,481,026 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 170,423 confirmed deaths
    • 646,675 recovered
  • US:
    • Texas and Georgia announce plans to restart economies, end stay-at-home orders
  • UK:
    • More than 140,000 companies claim wage subsidy assistance
    • UK Parliament to begin mixture of in person sitting and session through video conferencing
    • No public celebrations planned for Queen Elizabeth’s 94 birthday Tuesday April 21st
  • Australia:
    • New South Wales will start reopening schools next month as Coronavirus infections slow
  • Europe:
    • Active Coronavirus cases drop in Italy
    • Germany relaxes Coronavirus shop closures
  • Latin America:
    • President Bolsonaro hope Coronavirus quarantine measures end this week

 


April 18th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Air travel passengers will now be required to wear non-medical face coverings starting Monday April 20th
  • Prime Minister Trudeau tells Canadians ineligible for CERB to keep waiting
  • Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledges that some parts of the country could reopen sooner than others

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford announces updated Ontario projections to be revealed on Monday
  • Ontario investing $20 Million to advance medical research to combat Covid-19
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 146,454
    • Currently under investigation: 6,833
    • Confirmed positive: 10,010
    • Resolved: 4,875
    • Deceased: 514

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,330,781 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 160,747 confirmed deaths
    • 596,482 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump warns China could face consequences for virus outbreak
  • UK:
    • Parks and cemeteries must stay open says UK Minister
    • Public health England is investigating why ethnic minorities seem to be disproportionately affected
  • Europe:
    • Spain’s PM to seek longer but more flexible lockdown
    • Albania re-opens some businesses as it seeks to limit Coronavirus hit to economy
    • French Coronavirus deaths top 19,000, increase is slowing
  • Latin America:
    • President Bolsonaro wants borders reopened, says its worth the risk
  • Asia:
    • Israel to ease some Coronavirus restrictions
    • Iran partially reopens capital as Coronavirus deaths hit one-month low
  • Africa:
    • Morocco’s government extends Coronavirus lockdown to May 20th

 


April 17th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces billions in aid for energy sector
    • Including $1.7 Billion to clean up orphan wells
  • Canada-U.S. agree to extend border restrictions by 30 days
  • Government of Canada funding Covid-19 research project with Wuhan virus lab
  • Senate extends adjournment until June 2nd
  • Government of Canada commits $500 million to arts, culture and sports sectors affected by Covid-19

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford says he wants 14,000 tests done a day by the end of April
  • Ontario establishes key partnerships with Apple and Rogers to make home learning more accessible
    • This week Ontario school boards began distributing iPads to students who don’t have either the technology or the internet they need to access the Learn at Home program
    • iPads come equipped with free Rogers wireless data
  • Ontario government supporting Agri-food sector with $1 Million in new funding to match employers with job-seekers
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 136,992
    • Currently under investigation: 5,993
    • Confirmed positive: 9,525
    • Resolved: 4,556
    • Deceased: 478

Local:

  • Misc
    • City of Barrie lays off 55 more people, moves to four-day work week in most areas
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,231,990 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 153,252 confirmed deaths
    • 568,218 recovered
  • US:
    • California study find infections may be 85 times higher than reported
  • UK:
    • British veteran raises $25 Million by walking for the NHS
  • Europe:
    • Czech lawmakers call on government to look beyond China for Coronavirus supplies
    • Bulgaria’s Roma population fear Coronavirus lockdowns leave them with no means to live
    • Frances death toll nears 19,000 but spread continues to slow
  • Latin America:
    • President Bolsonaro wants borders reopened, says its worth the risk
  • Asia:
    • China says nearly 1,300 virus deaths not counted in Wuhan, city where the outbreak started
  • Africa:
    • Tunisian president extends Coronavirus lockdown

 


April 16th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Government of Canada not in a rush to open Canada/US border, despite calls from US Government
  • Elections Canada looking at how it could run an election during the pandemic
  • Number of Canadians dead now over 1,200
  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces new business rent assistance, and loosed loan qualifications for small businesses
  • Canadians receiving the CERB benefit must re-apply every month to continue receiving benefits

Provincial:

  • Ontario adds more than 2,000 acute care and critical care beds
    • Also enacts pandemic staffing plans
  • Premier Ford’s campaign against price gouging triggers over 15,000 complaints
  • Ontario Government auto insurance companies to provide driver rebates during Covid-19
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 128,093
    • Currently under investigation: 4,333
    • Confirmed positive: 8,961
    • Resolved: 4,194
    • Deceased: 423

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,180,003 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 145,417 confirmed deaths
    • 546,743 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump unveils guidelines for easing restrictions
      • Plan calls for three phases to reopening the country, based on the severity of the outbreak in each individual state or region
    • S. givers $5 Million to Palestinians amid pandemic
  • UK:
    • Government extends lockdown measures for at least three more weeks
  • Europe:
    • Bulgarian capital Sofia sealed off to contain spread of Coronavirus
    • Slovenia to east Coronavirus lockdown next Monday
    • Albania to impost 2-8 year jail terms on Coronavirus quarantine rule-breaker
  • Latin America:
    • President Bolsonaro fires health minister, calls to reopen economy
    • El Chapo’s daughter, Mexican cartels hand out Coronavirus aid
  • Asia:
    • All major Indian cities named as Coronavirus hotspots

 


April 15th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Statistic Canada released figures saying Canada’s economy shrank by nine percent in March, 2020
  • Federal government considering new law to limit free speech to fight Coronavirus ‘mis-information’
  • Prime Minister Trudeau has announced the expansion of the CERB benefit to include workers making $1,000 or less, as well as topping up essential workers salaries
  • Minister of Infrastructure seeking shovel ready projects for post Covid-19 stimulus plan
    • Especially small, easy to approve projects, like community facilities renovations
  • Federal Government approves portable Covid-19 test ‘Spartan-cube’
  • Report out that Government of Canada destroyed millions of N95 masks and surgical gloves in 2019, then shut down the warehouse
    • Masks had expired past manufacturers usage date

Provincial:

  • Ontario government launches Covid-19 action plan for long term care homes
    • Hospital, health unit workers will be re-deployed to long term care homes to help manage outbreaks
    • Bans people from working at two or more locations
  • Ontario government is providing $2.7 million to support services for victims of domestic violence
    • Recent increase in domestic violence has been reported to front-line victims service organizations
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 119,092
    • Currently under investigation: 4,429
    • Confirmed positive: 8,447
    • Resolved: 3,902
    • Deceased: 385

Local:

  • Misc:
    • Springwater man, long-term resident among region’s latest Covid-19 deaths
    • There have been 10 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Simcoe County and one in Muskoka
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 2,077,839 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 134,375 confirmed deaths
    • 509,853 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump halts US funding of WHO
      • Money slated for WHO will go instead to various other aid groups
    • US sources believe Coronavirus originated in Wuhan biological lab
    • California announces huge fund to give cheques to illegal immigrants during Coronavirus
  • UK:
    • Close family will be allowed to say goodbye to dying family members
  • Europe:
    • Spain’s daily Coronavirus deaths decline as testing increases
  • Latin America:
    • Health care workers attacked on public transit across Latin America, people fear they have the virus
    • Bolsonaro expected to fire his health minister
  • Asia:
    • India to allow farmers back to work amidst lockdown

                                                                                                                                                     


April 14th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Ottawa and provinces in talks to reopen economy in stages
  • Federal government imposing tougher quarantine rules on returning travellers
    • Returning travellers must have plan for self isolation, or they will be forced to spend 14 days in isolation in a hotel
  • Government of Canada provides $20 Million to safeguard Canada’s food supply by supporting critical food inspection services

Provincial:

  • Provincial state of emergency extended another 28 day, until May 12th, 2020
  • Schools will not resume on May 4th
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 113,082
    • Currently under investigation: 2,107
    • Confirmed positive: 7,953
    • Resolved: 3,568
    • Deceased: 334

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,997,618 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 126,596 confirmed deaths
    • 478,425 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump will halt US funding of WHO
    • President Trump will authorize governors to reopen states as needed
  • UK:
    • UK promises to test all care home residents and staff with Coronavirus symptoms
  • Europe:
    • Spain, Austria ease Coronavirus shutdown
    • Frances rate of Coronavirus infections, deaths accelerating again
  • Latin America:
    • Brazilian WWII veteran aged 99 survives Coronavirus
    • Two Brazilian governors tested positive for Coronavirus
    • Panama registers 102 new cases of Coronavirus
  • Asia:
    • India announces lockdown will continue for another three more weeks                                                                                                                                                   

 


April 13th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Nearly 5.4 Million Canadians receiving federal aid
  • Canadian Farmers and food processors to get federal funds to help foreign workers isolate

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford announces Queens Park will sit tomorrow Tuesday April 14th to extend state of emergency another 28 days
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 108,230
    • Currently under investigation: 1,534
    • Confirmed positive: 7,470
    • Resolved: 3,357
    • Deceased: 291

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Health Unit confirms 10 new Covid-19 cases in Simcoe-Muskoka region
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,917,239 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 119,090 confirmed deaths
    • 441,232 recovered
  • US:
    • Trump not considering firing Dr. Fauci
    • President Trump says decision coming shortly on reopening of economy
    • 1 in 100 New Yorkers have tested positive for Coronavirus
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson leaves hospital
    • UK government does not expect to ease lockdown in the upcoming week
  • Europe:
    • Spain partially loosens lockdown as Coronavirus death rate slows
    • France extends lockdown

 


April 11th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • House of Commons sat today to pass massive wage subsidy bill
  • Changes coming to CERB for seasonal workers
  • Ontario received 100,000 contaminated, unusable swabs for Covid-19 testing
  • Alberta to send supplies to other provinces in need

Provincial:

  • Ontario Government significantly expanding Covid-19 testing
    • Hospital inpatients;
    • Residents of long-term care and retirement homes;
    • Health care workers, caregivers, care providers, paramedics, and first responders, including police and firefighters;
    • Remote, isolated, rural and Indigenous communities;
    • Other congregate living centres, including homeless shelters, prisons and group homes;
    • Specific vulnerable populations, including patients undergoing chemotherapy or hemodialysis and requiring transplants, as well as pregnant persons, newborns and cross-border workers; and
    • Other essential workers, as defined by provincial orders.
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 96,321
    • Currently under investigation: 1,517
    • Confirmed positive: 6,648
    • Resolved: 2,858
    • Deceased: 253

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Health Unit confirms 8 new Covid-19 in Barrie and 3 deaths in region
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,775,597 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 108,560 confirmed deaths
    • 401,517 recovered
  • US:
    • Trump has declared major disaster in all 50 states
    • US now has more than 20,000 deaths, and more than 500,000 cases
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson up and walking
  • Europe:
    • Ireland extends lockdown another three weeks
  • Latin America:
    • Brazil reports 1,000 Coronavirus deaths
  • Asia:
    • Singapore put on lockdown
    • India to extend nationwide lockdown
  • Africa
    • South Africa’s lockdown extended

 


April 10th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • RCMP to begin verifying Canadians complying with quarantine order
    • Failing to comply could result in $1 Million dollar fine
  • All CERB applicants will receive payments, whether they qualify or not
  • Canadian Intelligence warned about out Wuhan outbreak back in January
  • Emergency Act talks rejected by Premiers
  • Quebec Premier doesn’t rule out schools, daycares reopening ahead of May deadline

Provincial:

  • Child-care centres temporarily prevented from charging parents fees
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 92,673
    • Currently under investigation: 1,508
    • Confirmed positive: 6,237
    • Resolved: 2,574
    • Deceased: 222

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Barrie is cancelling all spring registered recreation programming
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,696,244 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 102,594 confirmed deaths
    • 375,958 recovered
  • US:
    • Trump announces second task force to reopen economy
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson up and walking

 


April 9th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • House of Commons to meet Saturday April 9th, 2020 to pass wage subsidy
  • Ottawa laying the groundwork for using Emergencies Act
  • Lockdown in place at medium security Mission Institution after some inmates tested positive for Covid-19
  • Government of Canada released national-level Coronavirus modelling
    • 22,580 – 31,850 cases by April 16th
    • 500-700 deaths by April 16th
    • Under the current public health measures up to 44,000 Canadians could die
    • Modelling shows that number could skyrocket if efforts stopped
    • Under all scenarios the peak appears to be coming sometime between late spring and early fall

Provincial:

  • Ontario’s public health chief temporarily steps as aside
    • Premier Ford called the provinces low rate of testing unacceptable
  • Province issues new testing guidelines
    • All health-care workers, caregivers, care providers and first responders should be tested as soon as is feasible if they develop any symptoms
  • Province creates partnership with volunteer hub to help seniors during Covid-19
    • Deliver food, medicine and run errands
  • Essential stores will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to give workers a break
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 88,698
    • Currently under investigation: 1,208
    • Confirmed positive: 5,759
    • Resolved: 2,305
    • Deceased: 200

Local:

  • Misc
    • Parking fees being waved at RVH
      • Gate arms will be lifted until May 31st
    • Municipalities
      • Barrie is cancelling all spring registered recreation programming
      • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
    • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
      • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
      • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
      • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
    • RVH
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
      • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
      • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
      • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • SMDHU
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
      • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
    • Simcoe County Linx Transit
      • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
        • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
        • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
        • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
        • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
        • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
      • Local Closures
        • Closures remain in effect
          • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
          • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
          • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
          • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
          • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,598,177 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 95,403 confirmed deaths
    • 355,401 recovered
  • US:
    • 450,000 confirmed cases in US
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson out of intensive care, but remains in hospital
      • Said to be in good spirits
    • Europe:
      • EU ministers seal deal on half trillion Coronavirus rescue plan
      • Spanish lockdown likely into May
      • Number of French people in ICU for Coronavirus falls for the first time
    • Latin America:
      • Lockdowns in Brazil’s largest cities are starting to be ignored
    • Africa:
      • Botswana puts all MPs and ministers under quarantine
    • Asia:
      • Bangladesh locks down Rohingya camps over Coronavirus

 


April 8th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Government announced enhancements to the Canada Summer Jobs program
    • Increase to the wage subsidy, so that employees can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial minimum wage for each employee
    • An extension to the end date for employment to February 28th, 2021
    • Allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
    • Allowing employers to hire staff on a part time basis
  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced the qualifications for the Wage Subsidy are being relaxed
    • Companies can now compare their list revenue to what they made in January and February of 2020, as opposed to March 2019
    • Charities are also being granted the ability to choose whether or not to include government revenues in their calculations of lost revenues when applying
  • Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that the government is working to get more support to groups that have been left out so far
    • “If you’re working less than 10 hours a week, we will be telling you how you can apply for CERB. If you’re a student… we will bring forward more measures”. – Prime Minister Trudeau
  • Report says that there are no public health officials screening for Covid-19 at Canada’s land borders

Provincial:

  • Ontario Government announces online portal for changing wills
  • Ontario has announced the closure of stores this Friday and Sunday to give essential workers a break
    • This includes grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 84,601
    • Currently under investigation: 1,102
    • Confirmed positive: 5,276
    • Resolved: 2,074
    • Deceased: 174

Local:

  • MISC
    • Local campaign started to feed front-line workers at RVH
      • Started by Marshall Green, vice-chair of the Barrie Community Foundation, and Jennifer Long-Allen, co-owner of Cravings Fine Good
      • Money can be e-Transferred to info@cravingsfinefood.ca
      • $15 donation will buy one meal
    • Simcoe County staff have been redeployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave
      • 25 staff have volunteers to be redeployed to long-term care
      • 350-400 have transitioned to working from home
    • Municipalities
      • Barrie is cancelling all spring registered recreation programming
      • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
    • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
      • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
      • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
      • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
    • RVH
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
      • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
      • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
      • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • SMDHU
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
      • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
    • Simcoe County Linx Transit
      • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
        • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
        • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
        • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
        • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
        • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
      • Local Closures
        • Closures remain in effect
          • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
          • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
          • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
          • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
          • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,497,999 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 87,731 confirmed deaths
    • 319,192 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump tweets about cutting off funding for WHO
    • US death toll tops 13,000
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson’s conditions improving in intensive care
    • British government complains about the quality of Coronavirus test kits from China
    • UK death toll tops 7,000
  • Europe:
    • Talks over EU Covid-19 rescue package have stalled
    • No sign that Europe’s COvid-19 epidemic is at peak
    • Spain’s death toll passes 14,500
    • Italy’s daily death toll falls, but new cases accelerate
    • France to extend lockdown, death toll tops 10,000
    • Malta records its first Coronavirus death
    • Head of EU’s top science body resigns over Coronavirus controversy
      • Sites institutional resistance and bureaucratic infighting
    • Latin America:
      • El Salvador, Honduras, Peru introduce stricter measures prior to Easter
    • Africa:
      • South Africa minister suspended for breaking lockdown rules
      • Somalia’s King of Oud dies from Covid-19
    • Asia:
      • China lifts lockdown of Wuhan province
      • Iran appeals for loan as Covid-19 death toll passes 4,000

 


April 7th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Canadian officials successful in convincing US administration to lift ban on exports of medical equipment to Canada, and South America
  • Theresa Tam says she would wear a face mask when physical distancing isn’t possible
  • Draft wage-subsidy bill leaked to Globe and Mail
    • Still no timeframe for when Parliament will be recalled to pass legislation
  • Nearly $1 Million Canadians applied for CERB benefit on day 1
  • Food banks across the country will receive $100 Million from the federal government

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford tours auto parts manufacturer in Vaughan
    • Assembly line has been transformed to make much needed medical equipment
  • Ontario moves to bolster health-care workforce
    • Asking retired health-care workers, medical students and foreign-trained doctors to augment the front lines
  • Ontario Government investing $37 Million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous people and communities
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 81,364
    • Currently under investigation: 691
    • Confirmed positive: 4,726
    • Resolved: 1,802
    • Deceased: 153

Local:

  • MISC
    • Simcoe County Linx transit will be adjusted (see below)
    • Local health unit reports 17 new Covid-19 cases since Sunday April 5th, 2020
  • Municipalities
    • Barrie is cancelling all spring registered recreation programming
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Starting Monday, April 13, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments: 
      • Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced from hourly to every 90 minutes
      • Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – this service will remain unchanged
      • Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – frequency of service will be reduced to every 100 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; service will remain every 50 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – this service will remain unchanged
      • LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
        • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
        • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
        • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,424,341 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 81,896 confirmed deaths
    • 301,770 recovered
  • US:
    • US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urged all countries to be transparent and honest as they grapple with the pandemic
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson has stabilized buy remains in intensive care
  • Europe:
    • Many Italian companies and academics are pressing the government to reopen factories to prevent an economic catastrophe
    • France is fourth country to pass 10,000 Coronavirus deaths
    • Spain’s death rate increases again
    • Slovenian parliament enables the chamber to meet online
  • Africa
    • Eastern Libya confirms first Coronavirus case
    • Egypt to ban Ramadan gatherings to counter Coronavirus
  • Asia
    • Japan to declare Coronavirus emergency, launch stimulus of almost $1 Trillion
    • Mainland China sees rise in asymptomatic Coronavirus cases
      • Government vows tighter controls at land borders

 


April 6th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces that CERB will be expanded to include people who have reduced hours, but not laid-off, students and gig-workers
    • Finance Minister will have more details soon
  • Prime Minister says they are working with major banks and credit unions to reduce credit card interest rates for people in bad shape
  • Prime Minister Trudeau floats the idea of a virtual parliament
  • No date for parliament to resume to pass Wage Subsidy legislation
  • Non-medical mask can keep people with Covid-19 from spreading it – Dr. Theresa Tam
  • Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application process opens today Monday March 6th, 2020
    • 240,000 CERB applications have been submitted

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford tells media that Ontario could run out of personal protective equipment by next week
  • Ontario cities ban health-care workers from crossing borders to work in United States
  • Provincial government made an emergency order that will allow police, firefighters and paramedics to obtain Covid-19 positive status information
  • Province is deferring $15 Million in property taxes for people and businesses in parts of Northern Ontario
  • First day of online learning for Ontario students.
    • Schools remain closed
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 75,046
    • Currently under investigation: 329
    • Confirmed positive: 4,347
    • Resolved: 1,624
    • Deceased: 132

Local:

  • MISC
    • Increased traffic of military personnel in the area
      • Government is concentrating military at Base Borden to be able to respond to requests for help
    • City of Barrie temporarily laying off approximately 470 part-time recreation and theatre staff
  • Municipalities
    • Barrie is cancelling all spring registered recreation programming
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,342,775 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 74,564 confirmed deaths
    • 278,191 recovered
  • US:
    • Authorities warn this week will be ‘peak death week’ for Coronavirus
    • Tiger in Bronx Zoon tested positive for Coronavirus
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson moved to intensive care after his Coronavirus symptoms worsened
  • Europe:
    • Authorities in northern Italy have begun testing health workers for antibodies that may help identify individuals with immunity
      • Looking for ways to ease the lockdown imposed a month ago
    • Spanish Coronavirus death pace slows
    • Frances Coronavirus death rate accelerates
    • Denmark to ease lockdown restrictions next week
  • South America
    • Member of Brazilian Presidents inner circle accuses Chinese medical equipment makers of profiteering
  • Africa
    • Kenya bans travel in and out of Capital, Nairobi, the port of Mombasa and two counties
    • 43 of 54 countries in Africa have closed their borders
    • Morocco made wearing face masks mandatory for anyone allowed outside
  • Asia
    • Japan to declare Coronavirus emergency, launch stimulus of almost $1 Trillion
    • Mainland China sees rise in asymptomatic Coronavirus cases
      • Government vows tighter controls at land borders

 


April 5th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Queen Elizabeth addresses Commonwealth amid Coronavirus pandemic
  • Prime Minister Trudeau has put a call out for volunteers, and offers full time employment to Army Reserves
  • New measures for ferries and commercial passenger vessels capable of carrying more than 12 people
  • The Government of Canada announced that $159.5 Million in funding to support global efforts to fight Coronavirus
  • Canadian Border Services Agency office in Thunder Bay has been closed until further notice
  • Canada looking to disinfect used masks, Dr. Tam asks they not be thrown away
  • Emergency Response Benefit application process opens tomorrow Monday April 6th

Provincial:

  • Updated list of essential businesses now in effect
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 75,046
    • Currently under investigation: 981
    • Confirmed positive: 4,038
    • Resolved: 1,449
    • Deceased: 119

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,268,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 69,330 confirmed deaths
    • 261,200 recovered
  • US:
    • New York new virus cases ‘dropping for first time’
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Johnson hospitalized for testing, after continuing to have symptoms after ten days
    • Hospital built in 9 days set to open in London
      • Largest health facility in UK
      • Four thousand intensive care beds
    • Europe:
      • Second Greek migrant camp quarantined over Coronavirus
      • Dutch implementing policy of ‘intelligent lockdown’
        • Embracing social distancing, but not self isolation
        • Many parts of the economy are not shut down
      • Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as Covid-19 death toll slows
      • France’s death toll slows
    • Africa
      • Malawi President takes 10% pay cut
      • South Sudan records first Coronavirus case
      • Nigeria opens newly refurbished stadium as a facility to help Coronavirus victims

 


April 4th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Canada not looking to retaliate after US restricts export of face masks – PM Trudeau
  • Canada to receive millions of masks from China – PM Trudeau
  • Canada announces support to those experiencing homelessness and women fleeing domestic abuse
    • $157.5 Million to address the needs of homeless Canadians
    • $40 Million to support women fleeing domestic abuse

Provincial:

  • Province is investing $40 Million to support organizations that provide residential services for
    • Children and youth
    • People with developmental disabilities
    • Emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence
  • Province launces new portal so patients can access their Covid-19 test results faster online
  • Province launches new online portal connecting workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 71,338
    • Currently under investigation: 1,336
    • Confirmed positive: 3,630
    • Resolved: 1,219
    • Deceased: 94

Local:

    • “We anticipate local deaths between 185-2,000 (over a two-year period). Had we not put in place these controls, it could be as much as 20 times as great as that,” – Dr. Charles Gardner, SMRHD
    • Barrie Cannabis store closing, after province updated essential businesses list
  • Municipalities
    • Mayor Lehman signed the Barrie Covid-19 Emergency Measures by-law
      • New bylaw prohibits certain activities and regulates physical distancing
      • Individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $100,000 for each offence
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,196,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 64,577 confirmed deaths
    • 246,110 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump predicts this coming week will probably be the toughest in the fight against Coronavirus
    • President Trump deploys military medical staff to New York
    • President Trump signs executive order calling on retired troops to help with fight against Coronavirus
    • New York virus deaths surge past 3,500
  • UK:
    • Five-year-old among latest UK Coronavirus victims
  • Europe:
    • Spain ‘closer to passing peak’ as deaths fall again

 


April 3rd, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau announces $100 Million fund going to food banks, and similar community services
  • Government released Covid-19 app
    • Over 100,000 people have downloaded it since release
    • Includes useful information, and the option for automatic updates
  • Status of cases in Canada:
    • Canada cases: 12,389
      Canada deaths: 178
      Canada recovered: 2,190
      Canada tested: 290,570
      Canada negative tests: 276,598

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford released projections about the potential death toll in Ontario
    • 3,000 to 15,000 potential Covid-19 deaths
    • Projections showed that up to 100,000 could have died without the widespread closures of schools and businesses
    • “The numbers clearly show that we collectively have saved thousands of lives” – Premier Ford
  • Premier Ford announces new list of essential services, more businesses will be shut down
    • Includes all industrial construction sites, except essentials such as hospitals
  • Province announces “Supervised Short Duration Certificate” allowing some foreign trained physicians and domestic medical school graduates to practice under supervision
  • Province announces $4 Million to support victims and protect front-line justice staff
  • Ontario initiates restricted fire zone protocol
    • Restrictions will remain in place until Ontario’s ability to respond to emergencies is no longer impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 66,753
    • Currently under investigation: 1,245
    • Confirmed positive: 3,225
    • Resolved: 1,023
    • Deceased: 67

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Springwater township not affected by provincial fire-ban
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,087,374 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 58,392 confirmed deaths
    • 228,001 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump signs order authorizing Pentagon to call up former troops to help with Coronavirus fight
    • US Army deploys to New York to help with Coronavirus fight
    • President Trump wants to stop 3M from exporting masks to rest of the world
  • UK:
    • First Coronavirus field hospital opens in London
    • PM Johnson remains in isolation
    • Staying at home is an instruction “not a request” – UK Health Secretary
  • Europe:
    • More than 10,000 lives lost to Coronavirus in Spain
  • Russia:
    • President Putin prolonged non-working period until April 30th, 2020
  • South America:
    • Peru limits movement by gender to stem Coronavirus
      • Men and women are allowed out of home on different days
      • On Sunday everyone must stay home
    • Asia:
      • Ultra-Orthodox Israeli town put under lockdown
      • China using surveillance on citizens to fight Coronavirus

 


April 2nd, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau and Ministers refuses to release data models that project how the virus might play out
  • PM Trudeau sidesteps question
  • Canada’s Covid-19 cases surpass 10,000
    • 4,611 Quebec
    • 2,793 Ontario
    • 1,066 British Columbia

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford says he will release data models projecting how the virus might play out next Friday April 3rd, 2020. “You deserve to know” – Premier Ford
  • Province investing $2,440,500 in community service providers in Simcoe County
    • This money is part of Ontario’s $200 million services relief funding to help protect the province's most vulnerable people. 
  • Provincial Government announce measures to support truck drivers
    • All 23 ONroute travel plazas will remain open for take-out and drive through
    • Also providing portable washrooms at truck inspection stations
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 62,733
    • Currently under investigation: 2,052
    • Confirmed positive: 2,793
    • Resolved: 831
    • Deceased: 53

Local:

    • No evidence of more Covid-19 cases at Orillia long-term care home
    • Georgian College loaning dozens of beds to RVH
    • Barrie man becomes first hospitalized Covid-19 patient to recover
    • City of Orillia temporarily laying off some staff
    • City of Barrie has not announced layoffs to date
    • “We need to really be respecting the restrictions that the provincial government has put in place about no more than five people gathering and it’s much more preferable that only household members get together.” – Dr. Charles Gardner, SMDHU, on the topic of Easter celebrations
  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 1,013,022 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 52,975 confirmed deaths
    • 212,015 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump suspends additional seasonal worker visas due to economic downturn
    • President Trump doubts China’s reported Coronavirus numbers are fake
      • US intelligence says China concealed extent of virus outbreak
    • New House coronavirus oversight committee created to oversee stimulus spending
    • More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week
  • UK:
    • UK Government promises 100,000 tests a day, by the end of the month
    • Thousands of ex-NHS staff are returning to work in hospitals
  • Europe:
    • More than 10,000 lives lost to Coronavirus in Spain
  • Russia:
    • President Putin prolonged non-working period until April 30th, 2020
  • Asia:
    • President Duterte tells his security forces to crack down on violent protesters to enforce Coronavirus emergency
    • Saudi Arabia locks down the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in the fight against Coronavirus
    • Iran’s Coronavirus death toll passes 3,000

 


April 1st, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau looks to recall Parliament to pass ‘biggest economic measures in our lifetimes’
    • Need to recall Parliament to pass ‘Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy’
    • No timeline on when Parliament will be recalled
  • More details released about ‘Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy’
    • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020.
    • Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 30 per cent in March, April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, would be able to access the subsidy.
    • Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities.
    • For non-profit organizations and registered charities similarly affected by a loss of revenue, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is appropriate to their circumstances. The government is also considering additional support for non-profits and charities, particularly those involved in the front-line response to COVID-19. Further details will be announced in the near term.
    • An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered.
  • Government document says social distancing/self isolation measures are expected to be in place until July as ‘best case scenario’
  • Minister of Finance eyes low-interest lines of credit for households battered by Covid-19
  • Aid package for energy, airlines and tourism still a work in progress
  • Minister Hajdu, Federal government “likely did not have enough” protective equipment in its emergency stockpile to meet needs during Covid-19 pandemic
  • Whistleblower says workers at nursing homes aren’t being given protective gear

Provincial:

  • Quebec police setup checkpoint to limit Ottawa-Gatineau border crossing
  • Ontario, BC, and Quebec begin building makeshift hospitals in preparation for rise in cases
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am
    • Total Tested: 57,874
    • Currently under investigation: 3,135
    • Confirmed positive: 2,392
    • Resolved: 689
    • Deceased: 37

Local:

  • Misc
    • There are 62 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Simcoe-Muskoka region
  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • There are now 50 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Simcoe-Muskoka region
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 925,263 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 46,403 confirmed deaths
    • 193,431 recovered
  • US:
    • White House projects up to 240,000 US deaths from Coronavirus
    • Army Corps of Engineers mobilize across America to combat Covid-19
    • Florida Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb coronavirus
  • UK:
    • 13-year-old boy dies with Coronavirus
    • Woman fined 660 GBP for breaching Coronavirus rules
    • 2,000 NHS staff tested for Coronavirus
  • Europe:
    • European dead passes 30,000
    • Spain’s deaths soar, but infection rate slows

 


March 31st, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Canadian Postal Workers Union asking Canadians to disinfect their mailboxes
  • Minister Blair (Public Safety) asks prison, parole heads to consider releasing some inmates to stop spread of Covid-19
    • Two inmates and nine employees are infected at Port-Cartier maximum security prison
    • “Prisons will become incubators of the virus” – Senator Kim Pate

Provincial:

  • Ontario extends emergency order to April 13th, 2020
  • Ontario Government expected to unveil extended online learning plan this afternoon
  • Ontario School will remain closed until at least May 4th, 2020
  • Six-month moratorium announced for OSAP loans
  • Premier Ford personally picked up and delivered 90,000 surgical masks to Ontarians, with his pickup truck
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm
    • Total Tested: 51,629
    • Currently under investigation: 4,280
    • Confirmed positive: 1,966
    • Resolved: 534
    • Deceased: 33

Local:

  • Misc
    • Barrie teen confirmed to have contracted Covid-19
    • There are now 55 confirmed cases in Simcoe County and Muskoka region
  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • There are now 50 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Simcoe-Muskoka region
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 845,526 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 41,429 confirmed deaths
    • 176,504 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump calls for $2 Trillion infrastructure bill as ‘Phase 4’ of coronavirus response
  • UK:
    • UK Police now have wide ranging powers
      • The power to detain someone to be tested if they are believed to be infectious
      • The power to close a wide range of non-essential businesses
      • The power to restrict your right to move around and be part of a gathering
    • One UK doctor is calling on 3D printer owners to use their machines to make face shields for the NHS
  • Europe:
    • Spanish Foreign Minister says, spread of Covid-19 is slowing in Spain
    • The Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey have all rejected Chinese-made equipment saying the equipment is substandard
  • Russia:
    • Russia includes jail terms for violating lockdown rules
  • Africa:
    • 13-year-old Kenyan boy shot by police after Coronavirus curfew starts being enforced

 


March 30th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau says that the military is ‘gearing up’ to join the federal approach to combating the Covid-19 pandemic
    • 24,000 soldiers have been mobilized to help provincial and municipal authorities who may need support
  • PM Trudeau expanded on wage subsidies for businesses
    • Applies to businesses of any size that has seen a revenue decrease of 30%
    • Will be eligible for 75% of wages
    • Being backdated to March 15th, 2020
  • Minister of Agriculture announces extension to Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Deadline
    • Deadline to apply, reinstate, cancel or make changes to Crop Insurance contracts is extended to April 13th, 2020
  • Two inmates have tested positive for Covid-19 at Port-Cartier Institution in Quebec
  • Lockdown at Drumheller Institution has ended
  • Air Canada to layoff 16,500 workers amid Covid-19 pandemic

Provincial:

  • Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Williams, strongly recommending people with compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions and anyone over the age of 70 to stay at home
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm
    • Total Tested: 48,461
    • Currently under investigation: 5,651
    • Confirmed positive: 1,706
    • Resolved: 431
    • Deceased: 23

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • There are now 50 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Simcoe-Muskoka region
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 775,786 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 37,109 confirmed deaths
    • 164,541 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump extending self-isolation guidelines to May 1st, 2020
    • USNS Comfort (hospital ship) arrives in New York City harbour
      • Expected to start receiving patients Tuesday March 31st, 2020
      • Not receiving Covid-19 patients, being used to treat non-Covid-19 patients
    • Virginia, Maryland amongst latest states to impose stay-at-home orders to stem Coronavirus crisis
  • UK:
    • UK Coronavirus measures ‘making a difference’ – UK’s chief scientific adviser
    • Prince Charles out of self-isolation
  • Europe
    • Spanish Foreign Minister says, spread of Covid-19 is slowing in Spain
    • The Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey have all rejected Chinese-made equipment saying the equipment is substandard
  • Australia
    • Government limits public gatherings to two people
  • South America
    • Columbia’s ELN Rebels call ceasefire over virus

 

 


March 29th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau pledges more support for Canadians
    • $7.5 Million in funding for Children’s help phone line
    • $9 Million through United War Canada to help seniors get groceries
  • PM Trudeau to remain in isolation longer despite Sophie Trudeau recovering from Covid-19
  • China donating thousands of medical masks, and personal protective equipment to Canada
    • Canada sent many tonnes of equipment to China in February 2020

Provincial:

  • Ontario Government preparing to turn hotels, convention centres into makeshift hospitals
    • This move is already being implemented in other jurisdictions around the globe
  • Ontario prohibits gathers of more than five people with strict exceptions
  • Ontario stepping up measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 on construction sites
    • The update follows an initial guidance document circulated on March 20, 2020, and addresses sector topics including:
      • providing better on-site sanitation, including a focus on high-touch areas like site trailers, door handles and hoists
      • communicating roles, responsibilities, and health & safety policies, by, for example, posting site sanitization schedules and work schedules
      • enabling greater distances between workers by staggering shifts, restricting site numbers and limiting elevator usage
      • protecting public health by tracking and monitoring workers
    • Ontario taking emergency measures to support long-term care homes during Covid-19
      • Funds, resources and flexibility for the sector
    • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm
      • Negative: 40,630
      • Currently under investigation: 7,203
      • Confirmed positive: 1,326
      • Resolved: 8
      • Deceased: 21

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • We have evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in our region which means the virus is spreading in the community and is not linked to travel or a previously known case. Community transmission means that we expect the number of cases will start to rise over the next days and weeks
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 711,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 33,573 confirmed deaths
    • 150,827 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump backs off on his idea to quarantine New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut
  • UK:
    • “All parts of UK on ‘emergency footing’ – UK Minister
    • “Six months before life returns to normal” – UK deputy chief medical officer
    • PM Johnson warns Britons that measures to combat Coronavirus could get tougher
  • Europe
    • More than 900 virus deaths in a day in Italy
  • Australia
    • Government limits public gatherings to two people
  • Russia
    • Sees no epidemic, but starts to shutdown

 


March 28th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau announces that people displaying symptoms of Covid-19 will be banned from internal flights and trains.
    • Measure to take effect Monday March 30th, at noon
  • Lockdown at Drumheller Institution
    • Precautionary measure after some inmates showed symptoms of influenze

Provincial:

  • Ontario Government launches website for citizens to report on price gouging
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm
    • Negative: 33,240
    • Currently under investigation: 8,690
    • Confirmed positive: 1,118
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 18

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so
  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • We have evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in our region which means the virus is spreading in the community and is not linked to travel or a previously known case. Community transmission means that we expect the number of cases will start to rise over the next days and weeks
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 653,208 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 30,338 confirmed deaths
    • 139,591 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump suggests he may quarantine New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut
  • UK:
    • “UK will do well to keep deaths under 20,000” Health Official
  • Europe
    • Spain’s Princess Maria Teresa (86) dies from Covid-19
  • China
    • Wuhan partly reopens after lockdown
  • Africa
    • Tunisians self isolate in factory to make face masks

 


March 27th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau announces major wage subsidy hike for business
    • Boosting it to 75% from 15%
    • Being backdated to March 15th, 2020
    • Allows businesses to defer all GST/HST and customs duties payments until June
    • Launched the new Canada Emergency Business Account
      • Provide up to $25 Billion to eligible financial institutions so they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses
      • These loans will be guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada
    • Launched the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program
      • Enable up to $40 Billion in lending, through EDC and BDC
    • British Columbia has assumed the power to take over supply chains

Provincial:                                                                                                 

  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 29,967
    • Currently under investigation: 10,976
    • Confirmed positive: 967
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 18

Local:

  • MISC
    • Local company, Napoleon, stopping production of bbqs, to focus on manufacturing face shields for front line workers
    • North American Development Group (Park Place) introduces national economic relief program to support and bring immediate relief to qualified small business owners in their shopping centres
    • Local MPs Doug Shipley and John Brassard announced they will be donating their legislated raises to the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
  • Municipalities
    • Barrie City Council will hold a Special Council meeting online Monday March 30th
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. 
  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • “There could be thousands of Covid-19 cases in the region” – Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 586,455 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 26,889 confirmed deaths
    • 132,428 recovered
  • US:
    • President Trump expected to sign $2 Trillion aid package into law
    • President Trump will not deploy US troops to Canadian border
  • UK:
    • Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus
    • Health workers on frontline to be tested in UK
  • Europe
    • Over 900 deaths in a day in Italy
    • Deaths rise, but Spain’s infection rate stabilises
  • China
    • China bars foreign visitors as imported cases rise
    • Wuhan province to ease lockdown
  • Africa
    • Zimbabwe to start lockdown on Monday March 30th
    • South Africa reports first Coronavirus deaths

 


March 26th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • PM Trudeau appoints new ambassador to the United States, Kristen Hillman
  • Canada – United States in talks to avoid American troops along border
  • Federal government facing criticism over sending 16 tons of personal protective equipment to China in February
  • Federal government is asking banks and credit card companies to lower interest rates on Canadians struggling financially
  • Minister for Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, outlined the details of the $305 million Coronavirus aid package for Indigenous communities

Provincial:                                                                                                 

  • Province allowing bars and take out restaurants to sell alcohol with meals
    • Temporary measure meant to help struggling restaurant businesses.
  • New financial measures for businesses
    • $1.9 Billion
    • Will be run through Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
    • Will see premiums payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province
  • Government of Ontario says it will ramp up testing capacity, aims to have 18,900 tests a day by mid-April
  • Provincial government will impose measures to stop price gouging
  • Premier Ford says, anyone who must choose between paying rent and buy groceries should stop paying rent, Province of Ontario will stop people from getting evicted, but please don’t take advantage of this
  • Premier Ford says 72 Covid-19 assessment centres are now open across Ontario
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 26,727
    • Currently under investigation: 10,965
    • Confirmed positive: 837
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 13

Local:

  • MISC
    • Orillia woman dies of Covid-19 complications, March 26th, 2020
  • Municipalities
    • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. 
  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • “There could be thousands of Covid-19 cases in the region” – Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Simcoe County Linx Transit
    • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
    • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
    • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
      • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
      • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 525,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 23,701 confirmed deaths
    • 123,329 recovered
  • United Nations launched a US$2 Billion Covid-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan to support the world’s most vulnerable countries
  • Three new countries/territories/areas have reported cases of COVID-19.
    • Region of the Americas [1]
    • African Region [2]
  • US:
    • Senate approves historic $2 Trillion stimulus package
    • Number of people in the US seeking jobless benefits jumped to nearly 3.3 million last week
  • UK:
    • Government unveils aid for self-employed
      • Up to 80% of their average monthly profits, up to a maximum of £2,500
      • Will not begin to arrive until the start of June
    • Europe
      • Italy fears virus is spreading quickly into southern Italy
      • Coalition government in Kosovo falls, no clear way forward as the pandemic prevents new elections
    • Australia
      • Barbers and hairdressers have been allowed to remain open, despite coronavirus restrictions
    • Africa
      • Uganda bans public transport for two weeks
      • Cameroon rebels declare Coronavirus ceasefire
      • Kenyan MPs debate Coronavirus pay cut

 


March 25th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Prince Charles tested positive to Covid-19
    • In isolation at Balmoral Estate
  • Emergency legislation passed the House early Wednesday (March 24th, 2020) morning
    • Senate passed early Wednesday (March 24th, 2020) afternoon
      • The Official Opposition was successful in blocking the Liberals attempts to suspend Parliamentary oversight of taxation and spending
    • Government announces MANDATORY 14-day self isolation for travellers arriving in Canada
    • PM Trudeau announces $2,000/month Covid-19 Job Loss Benefit (Canada Emergency Response Benefit
      • Online portal should be launched soon
      • People should start receiving money ten days after applying
      • Government will have more to say on wage subsidies for business shortly
    • Federal bureaucrats have been reassigned to work the backlog of EI applications
    • National Parks, and historical landmarks have been closed for parking

Provincial:

  • Ontario Government announces Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to Covid-19
    • $7 Billion in additional resources for the health care system
    • $10 Billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals
    • $17 Billion is a critical first step
  • Premier Ford announces creation of phone hotline for business: 1-888-444-3659
    • Toll free line is a resource to help answer questions from business and employees who feel they fall into the grey area of whether they are an essential service
  • Ontario Implements enhanced measures to protect the safety of residents in long-term care homes
    • Redeploying staff within different locations in (or between) facilities of the health service provider;
    • Changing the assignment of work, including assigning non-bargaining unit employees or contractors to perform bargaining unit work;
    • Changing the scheduling of work or shift assignments;
    • Deferring or cancelling vacations, absences or other leaves, regardless of whether such vacations, absences or leaves are established by statute, regulation, agreement or otherwise;
    • Employing extra part-time or temporary staff or contractors, including for the purpose of performing bargaining unit work;
    • Using volunteers to perform work, including to perform bargaining unit work; and
    • Providing appropriate training or education as needed to staff and volunteers to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 24,458
    • Currently under investigation: 10,489
    • Confirmed positive: 671
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 9

Local:

  • MISC
    • Local Oro-Medonte business “Molded Precision Components” is transitioning its production towards making medical masks for front line workers
    • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit announced the biggest single-day increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region
      • Total up to 21 cases today
    • Municipalities
      • Local municipalities remain in a state of emergency
      • Springwater Township has authorized these special measures
        • Penalties and interest not be applied on May 1 and June 1 for unpaid property taxes that are due April 22, 2020;  
        • Penalties and interest not be applied on April 1, May 1 and June 1 for water/wastewater bills that are due between March 31 and May 31, 2020;   
        • NSF charges be waived for payments that are returned from April 1 to May 31, 2020; and
        • Residents be able to temporarily withdraw from pre-authorized debit plans without penalty from March 26 to May 31, 2020.
      • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
        • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
        • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
        • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. 
      • RVH:
        • Restrictions remain in place
        • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
        • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
        • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
        • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
      • SMDHU
        • “Definitely more than ten cases in the region” – Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer SMDHU
        • Restrictions remain in place
        • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
        • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
      • Simcoe County Linx Transit
        • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
        • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
        • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
      • Local Closures
        • Closures remain in effect
          • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
          • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall
          • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
          • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
          • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 454,824 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 20,545 confirmed deaths
    • 113,128 recovered
  • Four new countries/territories/areas have reported cases of COVID-19.
    • South-East Asia Region [1]
    • Region of the Americas [3]
  • US:
    • Congress continues to work on passing $2 Trillion aid package
  • UK:
    • Government aims to start testing 25,000 people a day
    • 18-year-old dies from Coronavirus in UK
  • Europe
    • Spain’s death toll surpasses China’s
      • Still no way to what China is lying about
    • Russia post-pones vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Putin to remain in power
  • Australia
    • Limits funerals to just ten people
  • Africa
    • Ethiopia freeing 4,000 prisoners to help combat spread of Coronavirus
    • DR Congo president aide dies of Coronavirus
    • Top aide to Nigeria’s president contracts Coronavirus

 


March 24th, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Liberal government backs off giving extraordinary powers to ministers after Official Opposition pushes back against their power grab
  • Official Opposition says they are willing to pass emergency legislation aimed at assisting Canadians and Business get through this pandemic
    • Would not pass giving Minister of Finance sweeping powers to change tax levels, and spend money without Parliament voting
  • Bombardier stopping production, including aircraft and trains, furloughing employees
  • Federal government announced financial measures to support farmers/agri-food businesses
    • Farm Credit Canada will receive an additional $5 Billion in lending capacity to loan to agri-food businesses
    • In addition, all eligible farmers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program loan due on or before April 30 will receive a Stay of Default, allowing them an additional six months to repay the loan
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) and United Steelworkers union both says that Federal Stimulus package ($82 Billion) will not be enough
  • Saskatchewan Health Officials say they are ‘preparing for thousands to die’

Provincial:

  • Ontario government releases list of what it considers non-essential vs essential
  • Ontario government set to lower hydro rates
    • All time of use pricing will be moved into off-peak rates
    • Changes in place for 45 days
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 21,795
    • Currently under investigation: 10,074
    • Confirmed positive: 573
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 7

Local:

  • Municipalities
    • City of Barrie, Springwater Township, & Oro-Medonte Townships all declare state of emergency
    • Oro-Medonte council to meet tonight to pass by-laws allowing for council meetings to be held electronically
    • Springwater Township shutting down playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment
      • Parks and fields will remain open for public use
    • Simcoe County landfills are closed to the public
    • Effective immediately the following adjustments to curbside waste collections will take effect:
      • All green bin organic materials must be bagged, sealed and placed inside green bins. Compostable bags are preferred; however, plastic bags* are being accepted on a temporary basis to assist residents with this change
      • All garbage must be bagged and sealed properly
      • Residential units may place out diapers in clear, sealed bags on their garbage day without additional bag tags
      • Exercise social distancing with collection operators
    • Simcoe County Linx Transit
      • Effective March 23, the county is implementing free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice.
      • Additional sanitization measures are in place on all county buses.
      • The county will be reducing the frequency of service on some of the routes in the near future and further information on reduced hours of service will be updated on the county’s website.
    • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
      • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
      • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
      • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. 
    • RVH:
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
      • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
      • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
      • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • SMDHU
      • “Definitely more than ten cases in the region” – Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer SMDHU
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
      • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 398,760 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 17,259 confirmed deaths
    • 103,748 recovered
  • Three new countries/territories/areas have reported cases of COVID-19.
    • African Region [1]
    • Region of the Americas [1]
    • Eastern Mediterranean [1]
  • 2020 Olympics postponed to 2021
  • US:
    • Trump muses that he might lift self-isolation guidelines
      • Cure “cannot be worse than the problem”
    • Senate working towards passing $2 Trillion stimulus package
    • Stock market rallies as Congress set to pass $1.6 Trillion package
  • UK:
    • PM Johnson introduced stricter self-isolation measures
      • Non-essential businesses to be shut down
    • India:
      • India to go into full lockdown

 


March 23rd, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, announces more commercial flights are being organized to evacuate Canadian citizens from these countries:
    • Peru, Spain, Morocco, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
    • Air Canada to operate 3 commercial flights from Peru this week
  • The Canadian Olympic Committee announces Canada will not be sending athletes to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics unless the games are delayed
  • PM Trudeau to hold conference call with Premiers this morning
  • PM Trudeau announces $275 Million to support large-scale efforts towards countermeasures to combat COVID-19, including potential vaccines and treatments
  • PM Trudeau announces support for farmers and agri-business
  • Parliament to resume at Noon Tuesday March 24th, 2020 to pass emergency legislation
    • Trudeau says $82 Billion stimulus package just the first step, implying more money will come from government at later date
    • The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals
    • Senate will resume Wednesday (Senate needs to approve Emergency Measures introduced in the House)

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford ordering all “non-essential workplaces” to close, effective Tuesday, March 24th, 11:59pm
    • List of what is and is not “non-essential” to be released Tuesday, March 24th, 2020.
  • “Prepare to have kids home longer than April 6th” - Premier Ford
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 19,586
    • Currently under investigation: 8,417
    • Confirmed positive: 489
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 6

Local:

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    • 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    • Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
    • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. 
  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • “Definitely more than ten cases in the region” – Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall

International Situation:

  • Global numbers
    • 373,646 confirmed cases of COVID-19
    • 16,319 confirmed deaths
    • 101,399 recovered
  • Three new countries/territories/areas have reported cases of COVID-19.
    • African Region [1]
    • Region of the Americas [1]
    • Eastern Mediterranean [1]
  • US:
    • Senate Democrats block Trump’s Coronavirus stimulus package
      • 5 Republican Senators unable to vote due to self-isolation
    • ‘This week, its going to get bad’ - US Surgeon General
    • Trump deploys National Guard to New York, California, and Washington state to help deliver urgently needed medical aid
  • UK:
    • PM Johnson expected to introduce stricter self-isolation measures
      • Warning vulnerable populations to stay at home up to twelve weeks.
    • Europe:
      • Italy bans internal travel
      • Germany introduces bans on more than two people outside

 


March 22nd, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Parliament to resume at Noon Tuesday March 24th, 2020
  • Trudeau says $82 Billion stimulus package just the first step, implying more money will come from government at later date
  • The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals
  • Senate will resume Wednesday (Senate needs to approve Emergency Measures introduced in he House)
  • Federal Government threaten fines, arrest, if orders to distance and isolate not followed
    • A failure to follow public health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 could "put our civil liberties in jeopardy" – Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu
  • Modelling suggests up to eight months of aggressive social distancing could be required to stop Covid-19
  • Toronto-based medical supplies company says it can dramatically increase production of ventilators once it gets final instructions from Ottawa
  • Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association say member companies are interested in producing medical supplies.
    • if auto companies get the engineering specifications for a product, and a list of suppliers, they could, within weeks, be churning out gear on a scale unimaginable for medical-supply companies
    • "[The medical industry's] scale is less than one per cent of our scale,"- Flavio Volpe CAPMA, suggesting that companies could, within weeks, be supplying anything from ventilators to protective gear for doctors, such as masks.
  • Nova Scotia latest Province to declare state of emergency
  • Canada not at the point of declaring state of emergency – PM Trudeau

Provincial:

  • Hospitals get new emergency powers
  • Special daycare centres established for frontline workers
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 17,634
    • Currently under investigation: 8,361
    • Confirmed positive: 413
    • Resolved: 8
    • Deceased: 3

Local:

  • RVH:
    • Second Covid-19 death at RVH reported March 21st, 2020
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
    • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
    • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
    • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • SMDHU
    • Restrictions remain in place
    • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
    • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
  • Local Closures
    • Closures remain in effect
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall

International Situation:

  • 337,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 14,455 confirmed deaths
    • Six new countries/territories/areas have reported cases of COVID-19.
      • (African Region [2],
      • European Region [1],
      • Region of the Americas [1],
      • South East Asia Region [1]
      • Western Pacific Region [1])
    • US:
      • Governor Cuomo (New York) says “This is a war. Treat it like a war”
      • US Army discussing plans to turn empty hotels in New York City into hospitals
    • UK:
      • PM Johnson says ‘Time has come to shield the vulnerable’
        • Special steps will be needed to shield 1.5 million vulnerable people
      • Europe:
        • German Chancellor Merkel has been diagnosed with Covid-19
        • New stricter rules introduced in Lombardy, Italy
        • Spanish Prime Minister warns ‘the worst is yet to come’, and ‘very difficult days lay ahead’
        • Strict self quarantines remain in effect in major European cities
      • Russia:
        • Protective measures are being increased, but no lockdown
      • Australia:
        • Introduces nationwide shutdown
          • All pubs, cafes, restaurants to shut down

 


March 21st, 2020

New Developments:

National:

  • Government of Canada is organizing evacuation flights to Canadians stranded in foreign countries
    • Special flights will begin in Morocco, with Spain and Peru coming soon. Other countries will be announced as quickly as possible
      • ‘We might not be able to get to everyone, but we will do everything we can to help as many people as possible.’ PM Trudeau, March 21st, 2020
    • Canadians who are unable to pay, and who have no available sources of funds to return home, are encouraged to apply for an emergency repayable loan through the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. This program was created to help Canadians return home and to cover basic essential needs while they work towards their return
    • In the event the traveller presents COVID-19 symptoms, the airline will be required to refuse to board the passenger for travel for a period of 14 days, or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms the patient does not carry the virus
    • The Emergency Care Benefit for self employed and others not covered by EI, is being rolled out shortly. The Government has made assurances that no single Canadian will be left out
      • Emergency Care Benefit will provide up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment Benefit would be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provide income support to:
        • Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits
        • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits
        • Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not
      • North West Territory issuing ban on non-essential travel into the Territory

Provincial:

  • Premier Ford calls for Manufacturers to retool
  • Government of Ontario launches website portal for businesses and organizations that can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19 (click link here)
    • "We're ready to mobilize Ontario's manufacturing might to help the entire country. We want Ontario to be the workshop of Canada in the fight against COVID-19," Premier Ford, March 20th, 2020
  • Over 35,000 people have used online self-assessment tool (click link here)
    • "I want to remind everyone to please use this tool if you're experiencing symptoms. Please do not visit an assessment centre if you have not been advised to do so by a healthcare professional," Premier Ford, March 20th, 2020
  • Government of Ontario has rolled out “Learn at Home” an online learning portal for K-12 students.
    • Meant to be a resource for K-12 students who are locked out of school
    • Can be accessed at through this link
  • Status of cases in Ontario: Updated daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm.
    • Negative: 15,768
    • Currently under investigation: 7,239
    • Confirmed positive: 369
    • Resolved: 6
    • Deceased: 2

Local:

  • RVH:
    • Restrictions remain in place
      • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
        • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
      • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
      • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • SMRHU
      • Restrictions remain in place
      • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
      • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
    • Local Closures
      • Closures remain in effect
        • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
        • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall

International Situation:

  • 242,430 (+29,214) confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 9,883 (+1,0417) deaths.
    • 166 countries/jurisdictions outside mainland China have reported cases.
    • Eleven new countries have reported cases: Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Chad, Fiji, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guernsey, Haiti, Jersey, Mauritania, and Netherlands Antilles.
    • Outside of China, Italy has reported the most cases, followed by Iran, Spain, United States, and Germany
  • US:
    • New Jersey follows New York and California, in ordering people to stay home, and non-essential businesses to close their doors
  • UK:
    • Deal between NHS and private hospitals reached.
      • NHS will acquire 8,000 extra beds, ventilators, and 20,000 fully trained staff
    • Europe:
      • Italy remains the epicenter
      • Spain sees jump in cases of infected
      • Strict self quarantines remain in effect in major European cities
    • Russia:
      • President Putin announces Russia has situation under control, stating ‘early and aggressive measures’ for their success
    • China
      • Government is bracing for another surge of infections as Chinese students studying abroad are returning to China
      • Recently announced that American journalists will be expelled from China
      • Government orders Chinese nationals to leave work at US news outlets

 


 


March 20th, 2020

Public Health Officials continue to suggest taking these measures:

  • Avoid any unnecessary contact with other people 
  • Stay at least six feet away from others 
  • Remain at home as much as you can - only going out for essential needs like food and medication  
  • Work from home if possible  
  • Do grocery shopping online

Current Situation:

  • 873 confirmed cases in Canada, 12 deaths.
  • Travel Bans coming into effect Friday at midnight, non-essential travel will stop at US/Canada border
  • Ottawa has announced an $82 Billion stimulus package, will need to recall parliament to unlock funds.
    • Fund is aimed at helping business get through this crisis, and helping Canadians
  • Ontario State of Emergency
    • Schools closed
    • Bars and restaurants closed except for takeout/delivery
    • Provincial government has passed emergency legislation aimed at protecting workers
    • Ministry of Health will be updating the status of cases daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm
    • Government of Ontario has launched "Learn at Home" website, an online portal for K-12 students to continue their learning.

Expected Future Developments:

  • PM Trudeau continues to provide Daily Briefings at 11:30am
    • Ottawa working on new plan to mobilize business and industry
      • They will likely be tasked with producing masks, ventilators and other much needed medical supplies (see US for example)
    • Parliament is set to resume early next week; exact date remains unknown, plans to roll out emergency legislation aimed at unlocking funds
    • Ottawa is planning a bailout package for the Oil and Gas Industry
    • Minister of Finance Morneau says EI cheques should be arriving the first week of April
    • Ottawa to roll out foreign aid as part of plan
    • “All options are on the table” – PM Trudeau
    • Canadian Military has told troops, ‘prepare for multiple waves of infections’
  • Ontario
    • Ministry of Health will be updating the status of cases daily at 10:30am & 5:30pm

New Developments:

  • Local
    • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Center opened at 490 Huronia Road, Barrie
      • Monday, March 16: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Tuesday, March 17 to Sunday, March 22: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
      • Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. Ontarians can do so by using a new online self-assessment tool, calling Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or calling the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520, 8:30 am - 8 pm and weekends 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. People should not go to an assessment centre unless they have symptoms of the COVID-19.
    • RVH
      • Closed for visitors, effective immediately
        • except for, the Emergency Department; Paediatrics; Neonatal Intensive Care and the Birthing Unit, where one ADULT visitor is permitted. 
      • Surgical procedures have been cancelled, affected patients will be contacted directly.
      • RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • SMRHU
      • Currently experiencing significant call volume on our phone lines. We are also unable to respond to inquiries on our social platforms.
      • If you are concerned about your health, call your health care provider OR call Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 (24/7). If you wish, you may send us a secure message through our online formand staff will respond within one business day
    • Local Closures
      • Schools, bars and restaurants, no gatherings over 50 people
      • City of Barrie facilities have closed, including city hall

Support for Canadians:

  • Mortgage Payment Deferral
    • Canadians are eligible to receive up to a 6-month payment deferral for mortgages. Contact your bank for more information or to apply for deferred payments
  • Income Tax Deadline Extended
    • The return filing due date has been deferred until June 1st, 2020.
    • All taxpayers are permitted to defer the payment of any income tax amount owing, until August 31st, 2020
  • Moratorium on Student Loan Payments
    • A six-month interest-free moratorium has been placed on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying these loans
  • EI Sickness Benefit
    • The one-week waiting period for individuals in quarantine, and the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits, has been waived.
  • Emergency Care Benefit
    • This benefit will provide up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks to workers taking care of a family member who is sick, and parents required to stay home from work to care for children
  • Emergency Support Benefit
    • This benefit will offer support to workers, including self-employed Canadians, who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment
  • Increasing the Canada Child Benefit
    • The maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts will be increased by $300 per child beginning in May 2020
  • One-Time Additional GST Payment
    • The government will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year

Public Health Updates:

  • Current number of cases is badly dated
  • “Weeks before we know if social distancing is working” – Dr. Theresa Tam
  • “It’s a bit like watching the lights coming from a star,” – Dr. Theresa Tam
  • “You know what you see reported today is something that actually happened a while back, so certainly maybe two weeks back even, after the cases that would have contracted the illness and then they have to be tested,” – Dr. Theresa Tam
  • “We need to act as if the virus is here, circulating in our community,” - Vera Etche, City of Ottawa Medical Officer of Health

International Situation

  • Global Cases
    • 258,845 confirmed cases
    • 10,544 deaths
    • 89,992 recovered
  • US, UK, Europe, China, Russia, Rest of World
    • PM Johnson predicts UK can turn the tide within 12 weeks, if people follow the plan, stimulus plan of 330 Billion GBP
    • US has created Coronavirus task force, stimulus plan of 1 Trillion USD
    • FEMA is taking the lead in US
    • President Trump invoked ‘Military Production Act’ to get business/industry to start producing masks/ventilators
    • Epicenter has apparently moved from China to Italy
    • Much of continental Europe is on very strict lockdown with curfews in place, and mandatory self quarantining
    • Chinese government reporting spread of Coronavirus slowing dramatically
      • Difficult to believe sources coming from Chinese media (they’ve consistently lied since this situation began)
      • Chinese media talking points is that US military created and unleased the disease in China
    • Infections in Russia have been slow but are now increasing in frequency. Russia is now taking similar precautions to western nations
    • Rest of the world is being affected at a slower rate, but are expected to rise

Psychological Effects of isolation

  • Depression, poor sleep quality, impaired executive function, accelerated cognitive decline, poor cardiovascular function and impaired immunity at every stage of life
  • Not only will the disease have negative public health effects, it will also have a massive impact on the world economy as well as people’s mental health