COVID-19: Ontario opens up testing tips; Canada to open some parks, historic websites June 1

Healthcare workers do testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre.

Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing to anybody with signs, Well being Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Thursday morning.

“Doing so will assist determine and include new instances and monitor any shifts in group unfold to maintain Ontarians secure,” Elliott wrote.

The minister’s announcement comes hours earlier than her authorities is predicted to disclose the main points of the primary section of a reopening plan for Ontario’s economic system. Elliott has burdened that testing for the virus might be massively vital as pandemic restrictions ease and folks begin spending extra time locally.


The province reported 258 new confirmed instances of COVID-19 Thursday morning, the bottom this quantity has been in weeks. Greater than three-quarters of all 21,494 instances confirmed within the province are actually resolved.

The dying toll rose by 33 within the final day, to 1,798. Of 1,026 COVID-19 sufferers at the moment hospitalized in Ontario, 184 are in ICU and 141 are on ventilators.

In the meantime, 185 long-term care houses throughout the province are at the moment battling outbreaks of the virus. For the reason that starting of the pandemic, outbreaks in Ontario LTC houses have led to 1,308 resident deaths, 5 employees deaths, and greater than four,000 confirmed infections, based on the ministry of long-term care.

Throughout the province, 17,429 COVID-19 assessments had been accomplished within the final day – an enchancment that brings testing volumes nearer to the Ontario authorities’s said objective of 20,000-plus, each day.

In different information, Ontario farmers

can now apply

for a portion of a $2.25 million funding by the federal and provincial governments to assist agri-food employers make well being and security enhancements to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 of their workplaces.

Farmers coping with sudden prices associated to an outbreaks of the virus amongst on-farm staff also can apply for assist.


Setting Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says some trails, day use areas, inexperienced areas and leisure boating might be accessible beginning June 1 at nationwide parks, historic websites and waterways and nationwide marine conservation areas.

Tenting in parks will stay off limits at the least till June 21, when the federal authorities will reassess whether or not it must be allowed.

The gradual reopenings are to be accompanied by measures designed to make sure the security of tourists and staff.

The plan includes some 38 parks and 171 historic websites, together with lighthouses, forts, canals and monuments, which can be administered by Parks Canada.

Nonetheless, none of them are anticipated to be open in time for the approaching lengthy weekend.

At his each day information convention, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced new help packages for fish producers and Indigenous college students, amongst others.

“You may’t catch lobster from inside your home,” Trudeau mentioned in describing the hard-hit sector.

The prime minister took the chance to induce Canadians to interact in some patriotic buying.

“Purchase Canadian. Decide up some Canadian cheese to assist out a neighborhood dairy farmer. Have a barbecue, or purchase Canadian lobster. Not solely will it style nice, but it surely’ll assist the individuals who maintain placing meals on our plates.”

All nationwide parks and websites have been closed for greater than a month to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.

There have been 72,536 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 5,337 deaths reported throughout Canada, based on federal authorities statistics up to date late Thursday morning.

The Trudeau authorities’s wage subsidy was alleged to be the federal flagship assist package deal to assist Canadians and companies get by the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However greater than two weeks after it launched,

it’s attracted barely 13 per cent

of the anticipated variety of candidates.

However, the Canada Emergency Response Profit (CERB), which pays out a month-to-month $2,000 for as much as 4 months to those that misplaced their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been far more common than the federal government deliberate.


Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has shut their doorways to walk-in sufferers, 13 Ottawa well being businesses

have opened another

— on-line.

The web site

is a streamlined portal for psychological well being companies that will get individuals to the assistance they want and simplifies the customarily tough activity of navigating psychological well being companies.

Town’s medical officer of well being, Dr. Vera Etches, is urging residents to make their voices heard with regards to their experiences with pandemic-era guidelines, and concepts for reopening town. A public engagement is dwell, at


Ottawa Public Well being has reported 1,707 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 182 deaths, up to now.

With recordsdata from Postmedia and The Canadian Press