· The federal government announced $2 billion in funding to be transferred to provinces and territories to help with the safe re-opening of schools
· Ontario will receive $381 million as part of this funding
Prime Minister Trudeau announced $2 billion in funding to be transferred to provinces and
territories to help with the safe re-opening of schools
• School matters, the tools we give students now to be safe will get them back into the learning environment
• Our children must be safe in the classroom, this is non-negotiable
• The provinces are responsible for the safety of our children and teachers in schools, but they must make those decisions on public health advice not on availability of funding
• The Canadian government is here to help, to ensure the funding is available
• This year is challenging and like no other
• The Safe Return to Class Fund will help keep children and teachers safe when returning to the classroom
• This funding is flexible so schools can use it for what they need most from hand sanitizer to online learning platforms
• Also announced, an additional $112 million in funding for schools in First Nations communities
• Parents must be confident so they can get back to work
• Over the coming weeks the Federal government will be working with the provinces and territories to get the funding where it needs to be as soon as possible
• Fighting COVID-19 is a team effort and we are all committed to continue to work together
· The Government of Ontario releases their COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools, which highlights requirements in the event of an outbreak and how public health units can assist schools respond to an outbreak
· York Region Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gould met with Public Board Trustees, with focus of conversation focusing on masking for JK to Grade 3 students
o Public Health advice for this age cohort remains it is best for parents to decide if their child can safely wear a mask without adult assistance
Premier Ford began his announcement acknowledging the government has spared no expense to get children back to school safely; the government has dedicated $900 million to get two million students and hundreds of thousands of support staff back to school this September
• Premier indicated the government can’t let students fall behind and can’t sacrifice the quality of education, which is why the government is getting kids back in the classroom
• He acknowledged he will not hesitate to take further action if it is required because the safety of children is the number one priority
• The federal government announced Ontario will be receiving an immediate payment of $381 million to support schools re-opening; this funding will enhance Ontario’s back to school plan
• The funding will target where additional supports will be most effective, such as ventilation, PPE supplies, additional remote learning supports, enhanced safety measures on school buses, hiring more teachers and hiring 125 more public health nurses for schools
• Today the government is releasing their COVID-19 management plan for schools, which highlights what is required when a case or an outbreak occurs in a school and how public health units can assist schools in the event of an outbreak; all of these documents will be made available to parents
• All guidelines have been reviewed and approved by Ontario’s top medical advisors
• Premier announced Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario’s Chief Coroner who spearheaded the province’s testing strategy, will lead Ontario’s efforts on outbreak management in schools, child care,
agriculture, health care and long-term care
· For Wednesday, August 26, 2020, York Region recorded no new fatalities and no changes to current or resolved outbreaks
Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of August 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:
3,413 total confirmed cases 5 new cases* since yesterday, 11 confirmed cases in hospital, 4 of which are in Intensive Care387 cases among health care workers, of which 385 cases have resolved*No new fatalities253 total confirmed fatalities 3,093 resolved casesTwo institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 2 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes 0 Community Care Settings 0 Hospital 0 Child Care Centre0 Emergency Housing 73 institutional outbreaks declared over
*Data quality is an ongoing process and may result in the more/less cases reported on a day-over-day basis or other changes to how cases are classified (e.g., municipality, acquisition, etc.). These data quality activities have also resulted in the re-categorization of individuals. Data quality activities do not increase or decrease total case counts.
As of this morning, there are:
More than 23.7 million total cases worldwide (210,183 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; 815,038 related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO)125,969 total cases (322 new); with 9,090 related fatalities in Canada (7 new); 112,050 resolved in Canada (as of August 25, 7 p.m.)
· 41,695 total cases (88 new); with 2,802 related fatalities; 37,863 resolved in Ontario
NO new cases reported and currently there are only 2 active cases in our municipality. Please remain vigilant.