Prime Minister began the press conference by reiterating the government’s COVID-19 economic policies including the wage subsidy extension and essential-worker pay top-up

· Indicated so far more than half a million small businesses have received Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

· Less than two weeks since launching the Emergency Wage Subsidy, employers have applied for almost two million workers

· Reiterated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended past June

· Reiterated the announcement from earlier this week about new investments being made to accelerate global development of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, testing and research

· Concluded comments with a message for kids “Tomorrow is Mother’s day, let’s show them how much we love and care about them.”


The Premier announced 500 provincial parks and conservation reserves will be open for day use as of Monday, May 11; 115 more will be open on Friday, May 15

o Access will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching; camping will not be not allowed; playgrounds and beaches will remain closed

· The Premier wished all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day

· Testing has increased to 19,200 tests daily


· Our website adds new information including:

o Public Notices: Access this section by selecting the blue drop down menu titled “Public Notices”

o A video on physical distancing: a reminder for all residents to continue practicing physical distancing to protect themselves and others

· York Region Early Intervention Services and agencies providing EarlyON family programs collaborated to provide telephone support for parents with children up to age six

· Recognized futurist Graeme Codrington from Tomorrow Today Global shares his perspective about getting back to “normal” (re-sent from yesterday in an improved format)

· Provincial parks and conservation reserves are opening next week for limited day-use access; visit to check the status of your local provincial park

Positive news around our region:

· York Region Police Association sends thank-you meals to hospital workers

· Ontario PPE Collective donates personal protective equipment to York Region Paramedic Services

· York Region businesses join forces to raise funds for Southlake Regional Health Centre and honour front-line workers


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard for York Region as of May 9, at 5 p.m. there are:

1,830 confirmed cases 33 new cases* since yesterday73 confirmed cases in hospital, 15 of which are in Intensive Care90 cases among health care workers, of which 64 cases have resolved (71%)

· 3 new fatalities

· 131 total confirmed deaths

898 resolved cases, which equals about 49%

· 35 institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols:

o 18 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes

o 16 Community Care Settings

o 1 Hospital

· 14 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:

· 19,944 total cases (14,383 resolved); with 1,599 related deaths in Ontario

· 65,399 total cases (1,381 increase in last 24 hours); with 4,628 related deaths in Canada

· Over 3.86 million total cases worldwide with cases in 215 countries, areas or territories; 265,961 related deaths


We went 5 days without any new cases, however to we have 1 new positive case.