The Prime Minister announced:

o A $240 million investment to bring health care online for primary and mental health care; funding will increase access and resources for Canadians by supporting the implementation of online tools and virtual appointments

o $175.6 million to Vancouver-based biotech firm AbCellera Biologics, which researches and discovers next-generation antibody drugs to fight infection and disease

§ AbCellera has identified over 500 antibodies directly from a patient who has recovered from COVID-19

§ Funding will help accelerate and expand AbCellera’s capabilities to combat COVID-19

§ AbCellera and its partners expect human clinical trials to begin in July 2020 or earlier

o A new COVID-19 Supply Council has been formed and tasked to find vital supplies to keep Canadians safe

o A one-time top-up to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) – eligible families will receive an extra $300 per child as part of their regular May payment to help deal with added pressures of COVID-19


The Ontario Premier did not address the media today.


· This year marks the 25th annual Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3 -9)

· Allotment/Community Gardens will open in Ontario

· Southlake Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 assessment centre shifts to medical field tent

Positive news around our region

· McAlpine Ford Lincoln Sales Limited in the Town of Newmarket donated 300 face shields to York Region Paramedic Services showing their #SpiritofYR

· The parking lot at Vaughan Mills has been converted into a drive-thru foodbank as volunteers hand out care packages to hundreds of families; today the Honourable Stephen Lecce was in attendance to lend a hand to volunteers

· More than 1.1. million people have recovered from COVID-19 worldwide

· Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at

In York Region, as of May 3, at 5 p.m. there are:

1,639 confirmed cases 27 new cases since yesterday75 confirmed cases in hospital, 17 of which are in Intensive Care 89 cases among health care workers

· 4 new fatalities

· 113 total confirmed deaths

754 resolved cases, which equals about 46%

· 38 institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols:

o 16 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes

o 21 Community Care Settings

o 1 Hospital

· 6 institutional outbreaks declared over

The comprehensive list of outbreaks (including the number of resident and health care worker positive cases) is available on The data can be filtered by municipality.

To access this list, select the blue drop-down menu titled Interactive Dashboard – Outbreaks in Long-Term Care and Community Care Settings

As of this morning, there are:

· 17,553 total cases (12,005 resolved); with 1,216 related deaths in Ontario

· 57,148 (434 increase) total cases; with 3,606 related deaths in Canada

· Over 3.3 million total cases worldwide with cases in 215 countries, areas or territories; 238,730 related deaths with 1.1 million recoveries