WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 169,944,872 up from 166,064,212 at 3:30 p.m. on May 21, 2021. Canada now reports 1,372,766 cases, up from 1,347,445 cases of COVID-19 on May 21. Ontario reports 528,453 cases, up from 518,980 cases on May 28, 2021. The Province reports 1,273 (0.2%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 504,304 have been resolved (95.4%) and there have been 8,711 deaths (1.6%). The province has now completed 15,144,303 tests and reports 16,002 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
In Ontario 8,690,473 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 624,920 people being fully vaccinated as of May 28, 2021. In Canada, 22,684,317 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 20,818,131 people have received only one dose and 1,866,186 people are fully vaccinated.
Today, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced that families entitled to the CCB will receive additional support of up to $1,200 for each child under the age of six. This temporary measure will put money directly into the pockets of Canadian families to better help them cope with the pressures of the pandemic. More information here.
On May 25, the Federal Government announced that they will be providing a range of support to Manitoba in anticipation of a Request for Federal Assistance to support the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government Operations Centre is working to coordinate the federal response to the situation in Manitoba and Canadians can be assured that all orders of government are working together to deliver the required help. In anticipation of this request, the Government will: deploy federal health human resources, deploy medical staff through the Canadian Red Cross; and provide support from the Canadian Armed Forces. The Government is also prepared to deploy epidemiologists, public health capacity, laboratory technicians and increased testing capacity from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada to respond to needs identified by Manitoba. More information here.
On May 21, the Federal Government, extended the temporary travel measures restricting entry into Canada by foreign nationals until June 21, 2021. To continue managing the elevated risk of imported COVID-19 cases into Canada, the Government of Canada has extended the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India and Pakistan until June 21, 2021 at 23:59 EDT. The government is also extending the requirement for air passengers who depart India or Pakistan to Canada, via an indirect route, to obtain a COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. More information here.
Today, the Ontario government announced Ontario has reached a key milestone in its fight against COVID-19, having achieved its target to administer first doses to 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over ahead of schedule. Ontario is also preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments starting with individuals aged 80 and over, beginning on May 31, 2021. If there is sufficient vaccine supply, it is anticipated that the majority of Ontario residents who choose to receive the vaccine will be able to be fully vaccinated by the end of summer. More information here.
Today, The Ontario government is providing $2.39 million to help improve mental health supports and services for postsecondary students. The funding is part of Ontario’s Roadmap to Wellness and will support eight innovative projects at select colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. More information here.
On May 27, the Ontario government invested $1.25 million through Destination Northern Ontario to provide 300 people with free training to work in Northern Ontario’s tourism industry. The project will benefit people who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19 and benefit businesses and employers by ensuring they have the resources they need to attract and retain workers. More information here.
On May 25, the Ontario government announced one one-time funding of $3 million to the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) as part of the province’s efforts to support the film, television and new media industries, as they continue to deal with the daily impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be used to support film, television and digital media training programs and COVID-19 adaptation plans, such as program innovation and the development of new initiatives, including virtual production training and accelerators for immersive media start-ups, to ensure Ontario’s screen-based industries are strong and vibrant and remain a source of pride for the province. More information here.
On May 25, the Ontario government invested more than $5 million to train and mentor up to 150 health sciences professionals on how to secure investments for their innovative medical solutions and bring them to market. The project, led by the Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization, will support the creation of new pharmaceuticals, vaccines and other medical tools. More information here.
On May 25, the Ontario government invested $2.5 million in Siemens Healthineers through the Ontario Together Fund. The investment will help increase production capacity of the epoc Blood Analysis System, a handheld device that can analyze oxygen levels in blood, helping clinicians make faster decisions with lab-quality results at the patient’s side. The project is expected to create 93 jobs over five years. To scale up their production capacity, Siemens Healthineers is investing over $20 million into their Ottawa facilities to increase their manufacturing output. More information here.
On May 21, the Federal Government announced that as of May 23, 2021 youth aged 12 and over across Ontario will be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking. More information here.
Today, The City of Toronto’s newly launched “VaxTO” campaign to connect residents with COVID-19 vaccination appointments and information continues to roll out. Starting today, nearly 650,000 broadcast voice message calls from Mayor John Tory will be sent to Torontonians on cell phones and through landlines in priority neighbourhoods to invite them to attend the June 2 telephone town hall and to book their first dose vaccination appointments. More information here.
On May 27, the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners launched “Homebound Sprint” to deliver first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to all remaining homebound Toronto residents. The team focused on vaccinating homebound Torontonians in their place of residence has already administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 65 per cent of those residents, in many cases also vaccinating the resident’s essential caregiver at the same time. More information here.
On May 26, Mayor John Tory announced that Team Toronto has now administered more than two million COVID-19 vaccine doses. The City of Toronto is working non-stop with its healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 2,010,103 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. Toronto is the first local health region in Canada to administer more than two million vaccine doses. This latest milestone comes a day after the City confirmed more than 65 per cent of eligible adults have received at least their first dose of vaccine and just one month after Team Toronto marked the administration of one million doses. More information here.
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