Pandemic pay premium has not flowed to workers, Ontario government says

Pandemic pay premium has not flowed to workers, Ontario government says”

Premier Doug Ford announced that some other Ontario regions will move to stage two on Friday.

Windsor-Essex reported seven new cases Monday and 26 the day before.

At the same time, Ontario's Minister of Health Christine Elliott said that guidance from health officials remains the same-physical distancing is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The rest of Ontario was allowed to open more businesses and activities last week; including restaurant patios, hair salons, and swimming pools as the province takes a regional approach to reopening.

In eastern Ontario, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Public Health Unit reported 352 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday while the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 159 and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit reported 28.

It includes 2,538 deaths and 27,431 resolved cases - 218 more than the previous day, continuing a trend of resolved cases growing more quickly than active ones.

Any worker who thinks they are working in unsafe conditions should report their concerns to Ontario's Health and Safety Contact Centre, at 1-877-202-0008.

Ford made the announcement as the number of daily positive COVID-19 cases across Ontario continues to drop, with the number of new cases falling below 200 in three of the past four days.

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They bring the province to a total of 32,370 - an increase of 0.6 per cent over the previous day.

Nearly a third of the Ontario nursing home residents who have died of COVID-19 were living at facilities owned by just two corporate chains, according to a Global News analysis of government statistics.

As for hospitalizations, now 419 Ontarians are in hospital because of COVID-19, a decrease of 19 from yesterday and 108 since last Thursday.

That includes Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., where almost half of the residents died due to COVID-19.

Almost 1,800 long-term care residents have died amid outbreaks, according to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, which is separate than the data on overall provincial case numbers.

The province is looking to change regulations to collect more data on COVID-19 cases in order to "ensure (it) has a more complete picture of the outbreak". The province is investing $13 million to encourage Ontarians to explore their own backyards, Lisa MacLeod said.

"I am hopeful we will join with other Ontario regions soon", de Villa said.

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