The federal government announced the launch of the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) that will invest $1 billion to create up to 3,000 new permanent, affordable housing units across the country.


The Ontario government pledged $116.5 million to create up to 766 beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province; this investment is intended to reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during COVID-19. Nurses and personal support workers who want to testify in front of the COVID-19 commission into long-term care will be granted anonymity


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There’s still ample opportunity to have a safe, responsible and fun Halloween this year!

York Region can assist families struggling to meet some of their housing costs

The Canada Emergency Business Account program is being expanded to include businesses that use personal banking accounts


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of October 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

6,452 total confirmed cases 134 new cases* since yesterday 97.7 average daily cases over past 7 days 7 new hospitalizations 46 confirmed cases in hospital, 6 of which are in Intensive Care 391 cases among health care workers, of which 389 cases have resolved*No new fatalities 268 total confirmed fatalities 5,336 resolved cases 4.91% positivity rate** (explanation below) 51 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 21 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 8 Child Care Centres 2 Schools; 56 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing 20 Workplaces 254 closed outbreaks

*Data quality is an on-going 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.

**The daily COVID-19 Council Update includes the 7-day average daily case numbers, new hospitalizations and positivity rate (positivity rate refers to the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among all individuals being tested for COVID-19).


As of this morning, there are:

More than 43 million total cases worldwide (357,704 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.1 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 220,213 total cases (4,109 new); with 9,973 related fatalities in Canada (27 new); 184,306 resolved in Canada (as of October 26 at 7 p.m.) 72,051 total cases (827 new); with 3,103 related fatalities; 61,530 resolved in Ontario


6 new cases reported today