The Prime Minister did not make an announcement today. At 2:30 p.m. he will attend the repatriation ceremony for the six Canadian Armed Forces members killed in a helicopter crash during Operation REASSURANCE.


Trends are heading in the right direction; preparing to get the economy moving in a slow, safe and gradual way

· The Ontario government has released a framework in consultation with businesses and stakeholders that outlines 60 sector-specific health and safety guidelines:

o As of Friday May 8, garden centres and nurseries will be re-open for in-store payment operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies

o As of Saturday May 9, hardware and safety supply stores will re-open for in-store payment and purchases

o As of Monday May 11, retail stores with a street entrance can start curbside pick-up and delivery in accordance with proper health and safety requirements

o The Ontario government will also permit expanding essential construction projects including apartments and condominiums

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

o The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak; includes extending all-day, off-peak electricity rates

o All emergency orders that have been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act will also be extended until May 19, 2020, including the closure of non-essential businesses, the prohibition of public gatherings of more than five people and the closure of outdoor amenities, such as playgrounds, for an additional two weeks


· The province has expanded the list of workers that can access emergency child care services

· York Region Public Health professionals remain committed to all aspects of the COVID-19 response; contact tracing is Public Health’s most effective tool to slow the spread of COVID-19

· York Region Public Health continues to remind individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to seek assessment and testing at one of three COVID-19 Assessment Centres located at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Mackenzie Health and Markham Stouffville Hospital

· Police Association of Ontario says pandemic premium pay should not be extended to municipal police personnel

· The 175-year-old Markham Fair originally scheduled for October has been cancelled

Positive news around our region:

· York Catholic District School Board supports local food banks during the month of May

· Organizations around our region are demonstrating their #SpiritofYR:

o Willow Springs Winery in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville donates 50,000 nitrile gloves to help keep York Region front-line health care workers safe

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

In York Region as of May 6, at 5 p.m. there are:

1,732 confirmed cases 43 new cases* since yesterday69 confirmed cases in hospital, 11 of which are in Intensive Care 90 cases among health care workers

· 2 new fatalities

· 124 total confirmed deaths

825 resolved cases, which equals about 48%

· 40 institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols:

o 16 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes

o 23 Community Care Settings

o 1 Hospital

· 7 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.

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:

· 18,722 total cases (13,222 resolved); with 1,429 related deaths in Ontario

· 62,458 total cases (1,274 increase in last 24 hours); with 4,111 related deaths in Canada

· Over 3.58 million total cases worldwide with cases in 215 countries, areas or territories; 247,503 related deaths


Our situation remains constant with NO NEW CASES for 3 days!