Moving to Stage Three … numbers in the province
Two of the last three regions in Stage Two of the provincial recovery plan will be allowed to move into Stage Three as of Friday.
Toronto and Peel Region had fewer than ten new cases each of COVID-19 yesterday, continuing a sharp downturn in the number of diagnoses.
But Windsor-Essex, still plagued by infections among migrant farm workers, will remain in Stage Two.
Our province reported its lowest daily count of new infections since March 23rd, with 76 new coronavirus cases yesterday.
The number of people being treated in hospital also continues to decline, now at the lowest level since the province began reporting hospitalizations on April first.
Of the almost 39-thousand people who have contracted the virus, 89 per cent have recovered.
Inquiry underway in long-term care homes
The provincial government has launched an inquiry into how the coronavirus managed to ravage long-term care homes in Ontario.
The three member commission will be led by Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco
The inquiry will examine how the virus managed to spread within long-term care facilities, the impact it had on those who live and work in those homes, and the adequacy of the measures that were taken by the province to contain the situation.
It will have the power to compel witnesses to testify.
The commission is to present its report by next April 30th.
Nearly 18-hundred residents of long term care facilities, and eight employees, have died of the coronavirus.
Plans for reopening schools to be announced later today
The government will present its proposals for the reopening of schools later today.
Premier Doug Ford admits the return of two million students in September is concerning and makes him nervous…. but he will take the advice of medical experts on how to do it safely.
There have been three models up for discussion….a return to full time classes, with extra protections….a hybrid model of part-time attendance and on-line learning….and on-line classes only.
A review of worldwide studies by McMaster University suggests children won’t suffer a spike in infections, or spread the virus widely, if they’re allowed back into the classroom.
The study says what needs to be emphasized is limited contact between adults in the school settings.
The numbers south of the border
The United States has reached another grim milestone, passing 150-thousand coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.
The U-S has experienced 23 per cent of the world’s COVID-19 deaths, and more than 25 per cent of the 17-million cases of infection.
There are now 21 states considered coronavirus “red zones,” where there are at least 100 new cases per 100-thousand people in the past week.