The Prime Minister shared Canada committed $850 million towards a pledge at this morning’s Coronavirus Global Response Conference; along with other world leaders, civil society and industry, Canada is doing its part to work together to accelerate the global development of a COVID-19 vaccine, treatments and testing

The $850 million includes:

o Investments in Canadian and international research

o University of Saskatchewan Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization to the Vancouver-based AbCellara for treatments

o The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation

o World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trial

· The Prime Minister committed to being open and transparent about the budget, stating that we are in a period of extraordinary certainty

· We are looking at re-opening the economy so that people can stay with their employer


The Premier indicated the target of 16,000 tests per day by May 6 has been surpassed; on May 1 hit 17,000 tests a day

· Revealed Ontario is leading the country in daily tests volumes – total tests and per capita

· Over 342,000 tests conducted to date; indicated this instills confidence that other portions of economy can be re-opened

· Continue to focus on testing most vulnerable in long-term care homes, group homes, homeless shelters and other congregate settings

· Indicated getting close to opening more places safely such as parks and retail for curbside pickup

· Collectively as a province we are doing the right things and taking the right steps


· We continue to update with new information including:

o COVID-19 Guidance Essential Workplaces

· As the province re-opens certain businesses today, continued vigilance to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 is necessary

· From May 4 to 10, York Region recognizes Mental Health Week; coping techniques and helpful resources are available at

· York Region Early Intervention Services and each of the Region’s three hospitals launched virtual neonatal clinics to continue to serve infants and children who are at a higher risk of developmental delay due to prematurity or birth complications

· The COVID-19 Community Coordination Initiative is coordinating donation and resource requests to help meet the needs of York Region’s most vulnerable during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

· Longo’s says customers are now required to wear masks while shopping in stores

· This week (May 3 to 9) is also Occupational Health and Safety Week

Positive news around our region

· A note for thanks for York Region’s water and wastewater staff for keeping our tap water safe and demonstrating the #SpiritofYR

· Aerospace Metal Finishing donates faces masks to the Township of King

· Local partnership creating up to 200 face shields a day for front-line health care workers


Held their first virtual Council meeting broadcasted live on YouTube

King holds at Total confirmed cases of 22 to date; of which 2 are Active, 18 Resolved and sadly 2 deaths.

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

In York Region, as of May 4, at 5 p.m. there are:

1,656 confirmed cases 19 new cases* since yesterday75 confirmed cases in hospital, 16 of which are in Intensive Care 89 cases among health care workers

· 7 new fatalities

· 120 total confirmed deaths

778 resolved cases, which equals about 47%

· 39 institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols:

o 16 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes

o 22 Community Care Settings

o 1 Hospital

· There is one new outbreak:

o Vita Community Living Carrington, City of Richmond Hill

· 6 institutional outbreaks declared over


*Data quality is an on-going process and may result, from time to time, in our reported case numbers not matching up day-over-day. For example, our dashboard today shows an increase of 19 news cases, however, it is actually an increase of 17 over yesterday’s reported numbers.

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:

· 17,923 total cases (12,505 resolved); with 1,300 related deaths in Ontario

· 59,844 total cases (2,696 increase in last 24 hours); with 3,766 related deaths in Canada

· Over 3.4 million total cases worldwide with cases in 215 countries, areas or territories; 239,740 related deaths with 1.1 million recoveries