Another eight cases reported in Ottawa

Lawrence Kim
June 16, 2020

"We need the same rules across the province of Ontario".

"This is a win-win", said Trudeau.

Now, the Ontario government is looking to expand that data collection across all health units for the purposes of tracking the pandemic.

In practice, this will work by asking people who have tested positive to answer questions on their history and lifestyle.

"We recognize that some Ontarians may be at greater risk of COVID-19 infection".

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said the initiative is the largest of its kind in Canada and the funding will flow in "very short order" but did not provide a specific date.

Elliott added that collecting information province-wide, and in a standardized way, will help guide decisions as the province works to stop the spread of the virus while protecting those who are most vulnerable.

Testing in the province has now surpassed one million, with 1,003,749 tests, including another 23,278 conducted Saturday.

The material will be posted to the Science North and Science Centre websites, and include worksheets, professional development videos for teachers and at-home activities for students.

That means a long list of businesses and facilities will be permitted to reopen in these regions.

Premier Doug Ford announced several more jurisdictions will advance to stage two, but not Windsor-Essex, Toronto, or the Peel Region.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe says of today's 181 new cases, 28 of Ontario's 34 health units are reporting five or fewer cases with 18 reporting no new cases at all. The country has 8,175 deaths from the virus - 168 in British Columbia, 151 in Alberta, 13 in Saskatchewan, seven in Manitoba, 2,527 in Ontario, 5,242 in Quebec, two in New Brunswick, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 62 in Nova Scotia.

As of Monday (June 15), 419 people are in hospitals due to COVID-19, with 104 in intensive care units and 69 on ventilators. The ministry has reported 1,794 deaths of residents in long-term care homes as a result of COVID-19.

"A number of retailers have decided that they want masks to be worn and it is the retailer's right to do that", she said.

There have been 21,724 COVID-19 tests processed since yesterday's provincial update.

The areas excluded from moving forward to Stage 2 remain the province's COVID-19 hot spots.

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