COVID-19 in Canada: Ontario urges use of face masks, U.S.-Canada border to remain closed

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June 16
2:00 pm: "We cannot force anyone to take a test"
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford spoke about the recent COVID-19 outbreaks of temporary agency workers in the province after Mexico stopped sending those workers to Canada.
Two workers have died in the province and 300 Mexicans in Canada are said to be infected with the virus.
Ford said 724 plants in Windsor-Essex have been tested, but stressed that the province cannot force anyone to be tested.
"We cannot force anyone to take a test, we encourage them to take a test," said Ford. "I want farmers and workers to work together."
Should masks be mandatory?
Coronavirus: Ontario Releases Additional COVID-19 Enterprise Security Guidelines When It Reopens
On Tuesday, Prime Minister of Ontario Doug Ford announced that the province will release a toolkit for the COVID-19 security plan as more regions in the province prepare for phase 2 of phase 2 reopening. According to Ford, the toolkit builds on support that has already been provided to companies and would help companies identify risks and "take steps to make their jobs safer".
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Christine Elliott said the provincial government believes that physical distance is the most important rule without the requirement to wear masks.
"Physical distancing is still the most important rule for the foreseeable future," said Elliott. "Masks should work in situations where this is not possible."
Prime Minister Ford said he advocates businesses that implement their own policies to require customers to wear facewear. This happens after 14 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered that are linked to a Home Depot store in Richmond Hill.
"I can only recommend if you go out wearing a face mask," said Ford.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the Ontario government would "consider" an order to protect essential workers and key jobs from civil prosecution so that they would not be sued for spreading COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the province announced a new toolkit for businesses in the province to create a safer job.
Some of the recommendations for companies that open up include installing plexiglass barriers to separate workers from customers, removing unnecessary doors that need to touch many people, limiting the number of people in a room at the same time, staggering work shifts, and -pauses and the establishment of review guidelines.
What Canada is doing to fill the Alaska gap
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada and the US are extending border restrictions between the two countries for another 30 days, saying that this is a "collaborative" decision and the measures will remain exactly the same.
When asked about Americans who use the Alaska Gap to vacation in Canada, Freeland said the federal government is aware that every trip to Canada should be for essential purposes, but the federal government also knows that there are people in certain regions of both countries who need to cross the border to get to other areas of their own country.
"We are very confident that Canadian rules will allow you to participate for material but not non-material reasons," said Freeland. "Even so, the RCMP in Banff is following this special report and encouraging Canadians to let them know if they see other people who appear to fall into this category."
She said Bill Blair, Minister of Public Security, directed the CBSA to make further efforts to ensure that people "really" come to Canada for substantial reasons.
The Deputy Prime Minister also spoke about foreign temporary workers contracting COVID-19 in Canada. She said the federal government is working "closely" with Ontario "to ensure that the conditions in which foreign temporary workers live do not affect their health."
"I think all Canadians have to take this obligation very, very seriously, and of course employers have to take this obligation very, very seriously," said Freeland.
11:25 a.m .: Extension to border restrictions between Canada and the USA and CERB
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the border restriction by an additional 30 days until July 21.
"This is an important decision that ensures the security of people in our two countries," said Trudeau.

CERB extended
The prime minister also announced that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by eight weeks, initially until July, with no changes to the $ 2,000 monthly payment.
"Even if we open again, many people still need the support," said Trudeau.
The prime minister said the federal government would address "international best practices" and monitor the economy to determine if changes to the grant program need to be made in the future.
"Our goal here is to make sure the CERB works for you as best as possible," said Trudeau.
The Prime Minister also spoke about Canada's application for a seat on the UN Security Council.
"Getting a seat on the United Nations Security Council for Canada is not an end in itself, but a means to an end," said Trudeau.
He stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic had increased the world's connectivity and interdependency, and the goal was to give Canada more opportunities to get more involved on the world stage.
"Right now, if we look at the kind of world it would come from ... we need a country like Canada big enough to make a difference but small enough to know that we can't can do it alone. " said the prime minister.
15th June
7:30 p.m .: COVID 19 questions of the day
7:15 p.m .: "We have to do two meters"

Dr. British Columbia Province health officer Bonnie Henry commented on recent reports that physical distance could be reduced from two meters to one meter.
Dr. Henry pointed out that this is not a new discussion, but something that has been evaluated for many years. She said the general understood that droplets could spread from one to two meters.
"Because we know that there are very few things we can do if someone has been exposed, there is no treatment, there is no vaccine, we are more cautious," said Dr. Henry.
"Technically, we say that the droplet spread is within a meter, but we have, and I think the consensus with most of my colleagues around the world for this type of attitude is that we have to do two meters."
Dr. Henry said the province is reviewing the easing of travel restrictions within BC. and guide to safe travel this summer.
"We want people ... to stay home to travel within BC, but in a way that only unduly burdens the place you're going," she said.
The health representative of the province v. BC also commented that people are "cheating" on public health regulations and telling border officials that they are going to Alaska but are actually vacationing in Canada. Dr. Henry said these border problems were punishable, but also indicated that we may not know the "whole story" of each person's particular situation.
"If people mislead at the border, it can have ramifications," said Health Minister Adrian Dix. "I would advise anyone who thinks about this to shake their heads and not do it because it doesn't make sense and in some ways jeopardize their ability to visit a country in the future."
Alberta ends his state of emergency
The state of emergency declaration has officially expired in the province, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said on Monday.
"It does not remove or affect the existing orders that Dr. Hinshaw has placed," said Shandro. "It also has no impact on their ability to place additional orders as they may be needed in the coming days."
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer for health, commented on reports from people in the US who used the "loophole" to inform border officials that they were going to Alaska to cross the border.
Hinshaw said she contacted the Canadian Border Protection Agency through the Canadian Public Health Agency and expressed concerns "to ensure that people on their way to Alaska are very well informed about the requirements."
"I've seen a media story about maybe a certain group ... that hasn't shared specific information," she said. "I have no information to suggest that this is a significant number of people crossing the border."
Alberta's chief health doctor claimed that everyone in the province should follow public health advice, as COVID-19 "will be with us for many more months."
"I think it's very likely we'll see some kind of second wave," said Dr. Hinshaw. “The timing and climax of this wave depend entirely on us. It is in all of our hands. "
4:00 p.m .: Ontario wants to collect further data on COVID-19 cases
Ontario plans to expand its data collection strategy and proposes a change in legislation that requires reporting race, income, language and household size data for people who have tested positive for the virus.
Individuals could choose not to answer some or all of these questions.
"This will help us get a more complete picture of the outbreak," said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health in Ontario.
As more and more regions in Ontario enter the next phase of reopening, Dr. Yaffe successfully succeeded in many areas in preventing the future spread of the virus. Of 34 health care units, 28 reported five or fewer cases in the daily number of cases on Monday and 18 reported no new cases at all.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer for health, said that people in the province still had to make sure that they followed public health guidelines, especially as more and more companies and services began operating.
"We are expanding, but we need to be more careful," said Dr. Williams.
Ontario's chief health doctor said he would like to see daily case numbers below 100, with around 60 cases per day, which was already the case in February.
1:30 p.m .: Further Ontarians enter phase 2 of the reopening
Outbreak of the corona virus: Ford names additional regions that are planned for the reopening of phase 2 of phase 2
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford announced Monday that additional regions have been given the green light to proceed to Phase 2 of Phase 2 of the provincial regional reopening process beginning June 19. Toronto, Peel Region and Windsor-Essex continue to be excluded.
The Ontario government announced that seven new regions will enter the second phase of the reopening on Friday, June 19, at 12:01 p.m.
These regions include:
Durham Region Health Department
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
Halton Region Health Department
Hamilton Public Health Services
Lambton Health Unit
Niagara Region Health Department
York Region Public Health Services
"Thanks to the combined efforts of our frontline healthcare workers and the people in these regions to stop the spread of COVID-19, more companies can open their doors and thousands of people can work and work again on the table," said the Prime Minister of Ontario, Doug Ford, in a statement.
The second phase of the reopening in Ontario includes dine-in services in restaurants, personal services such as hair salons and shopping centers that can be reopened.
The people of Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex remain in phase 1 for the time being. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Christine Elliott said the number of cases in these regions is higher than the health authorities want, but they are "very close".
Although some of these regions, which are still in Level 1, are fairly close to other areas that are transitioning to Level 2, the Prime Minister and health authorities expressed no particular concern about travel between these areas and said the remaining regions should soon be in go to the next level.
"Please be patient, we will be there very, very soon," said Ford.
Regarding the recent outbreaks of migrant workers in southern Ontario, Ford said it was "so important" to test everyone living in outbreak conditions. He said that workers must be willing to be tested voluntarily and that employers must agree to the tests.
"Your concern is that if they test positive that they will lose all of their workers, they will lose all of their harvests, but I think the chief medical officer has a solution with his communications," said Ford. "If they test asymptomatically , you can still work. "
"They came here, they isolated themselves for two weeks, and they've picked it up since they got here. I don't want a finger to point out these hard-working migrant workers."
12:55 pm: "We will not be returning before January 2020"
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, stressed that the COVID 19 crisis was not over and that people across the country must continue to comply with public health regulations.
"Cases are declining due to public health measures," said Dr. Tam pointed out that the virus has not become "less serious".
She said people would have to be physically two meters apart and wear a non-medial face cover if that was not possible. Dr. Tam stated that health officials are looking for sustainable measures that can continue to be implemented in Canada, especially when we start the influenza season in the fall.
"We will not be returning before January 2020 and everyone, including young people, must follow local health advice," said Canada's chief public health officer.
After an announcement by Quebec officials to adjust the safe physical distance rules for some groups, Dr. Tam said that "most" droplets of a person can be avoided at a distance of one meter, but the distance of two meters is a more effective measure.
11:50 am: Announcement on CERB to be made later this week
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is working to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with an official announcement promised later this week.
Trudeau continued to ask employers to apply for the wage subsidy when their company can start operating again.
"The CERB was designed to keep everyone at home and enable us to survive the initial stages of this pandemic," said the Prime Minister. "We know that there are many jobs that will not return in the short term."
"We will continue to be there for you and your family."
Trudeau also spoke about the Canada-US border, stating that both countries are satisfied with the restrictions currently in place.
When asked about reports of "gaps" last week that allow Americans to get to Canada, including crossing the border into Alaska, the prime minister said the federal government is reviewing these circumstances to ensure that the rules are "consistent for everyone." “Travelers are used.
Coronavirus outbreak: According to Trudeau, there is consensus to maintain Canada-US border restrictions
When asked about the Canadian-US border given recent coronavirus peak rates in some U.S. states, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there is consensus to maintain current Canadian-US border measures and they are looking at some gaps in the system .
Trudeau announced that applications for the Surplus Food Rescue Program can now be submitted. This allows producers to deliver food they can't sell, such as potatoes, poultry, and seafood, to people in need across the country, including remote communities.
He added the federal government said Canada is responding to a UN request to provide emergency air transportation assistance and humanitarian aid to some of the world's most vulnerable populations.
Quebec is changing secure physical distance guidance
Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of public health in Quebec, announced that indoor gatherings can be held with a maximum of 50 people, following the rules for safe distance.
For children under 16, a safe physical distance for them is now considered one meter in the province, as opposed to the two meter distance.
"The impact of the disease on children is very small. We had schools with outbreaks but no major problems with children's health," said Dr. Arruda at a press conference on Monday.
There may also be small “bubbles” of groups of children in this age group in schools, with each bubble one meter apart and two meters away from the teachers.
Dr. Arruda also said that 1.5 meters is now considered a safe distance between individuals or households in cinemas and theaters.
"If you stay there, don't sing, you won't speak, you will only hear the movie ... the risk is less," said Quebec's director of public health.
In all other cases, the distance of two meters must be observed.
12th of June
6:15 a.m .: COVID 19 questions of the day
6:00 p.m .: No new cases in Albert in connection with protests, demonstrations
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer for health, announced that approximately 60 percent of the province's active COVID-19 cases occur in people under the age of 40. Recently there has been a particular increase in cases among people between the ages of 20 and 29.
"It is important for younger Albertans to remember that while you are not at risk of serious infections, your actions are critical to protecting others," said Dr. Hinshaw.
There has also been a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Edmonton, which has increased from 58 to 149 in the past three weeks. Dr. Hinshaw said a single source or cause has not been identified. About two thirds of the cases are associated with known sources of infection.
Dr. Hinshaw has been able to confirm that none of these recent cases are linked to protests and demonstrations against racism in the province, but the Alberta health team has developed a guidance document for the organizers of these events. Recommendations include the use of virtual media, auto rallies and demonstrations in groups of no more than 100 people, spaced between groups.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta also commented on Friday's announcement by the federal government to conduct temperature controls at airports.
"We know that not everyone who has COVID-19 has a fever," said Dr. Hinshaw. "If that were the only measure ... that wouldn't be enough."
Dr. Hinshaw said it could be a useful tool in a multi-step process, but the province will monitor whether this precaution can or should be moved alongside traveling to other environments.
1:45 pm: People in Ontario can form “social circles” with up to 10 people
How to create a secure social circle
The Ontario government has announced that people in the province can now form a “social circle” of up to 10 people.
These are people you can get in close contact with, including hugs and meals together at home or on an open restaurant terrace.
Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Christine Elliott said that everyone must follow five steps to form a social circle. The steps are as follows:
Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who come to your household regularly
If your current circle has fewer than 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including members from another household, family members, or friends
Get everyone's approval that they will join the circle
Protect your social circle. Keep the physical distance to people outside of your circle
Be true to your circle, nobody should be part of more than one circle.
"The social circle police won't knock on your door," said Doug Ford, Prime Minister of Ontario. "We trust that you are doing the right thing and simply following the protocols."
Elliott emphasized that the rules of the social circle are different from the rules for social gatherings that were announced earlier this week. For social gatherings, a physical distance of two meters must be maintained and the participants do not have to be in your social environment.
Ontario allows social bubbles, but is it too early?
The province has released the households to expand their social circles to a total of 10 people. However, caution is of the utmost importance to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.
"So far, the Ontarians have done a great job of staying at home ... wearing facewear in public places," said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health in Ontario. "You want to trust the people in your group."
Williams pointed out that following the social circle protocol is also important to help public health track contacts and manage contacts in the event of additional COVID-19 cases or outbreaks.
1:00 p.m .: Travelers with a fever must rebook their flights within 14 days
Coronavirus outbreak: Garneau explains new temperature screening plan for air travel
Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced on Friday the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "step-by-step approach" to the introduction of temperature controls at airports as part of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is in addition to the health care questionnaire and face mask rules already in place Spot. Garneau said that by the end of July, the federal government is aiming to establish temperature measurement stations in the departure sections of Canada's fourth largest airports, which will accommodate international travelers, and will eventually expand them.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced additional details about the federal government temperature tests.
The temperature tests will be carried out by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for international passengers coming to Canada from the end of June. By the end of July, these reviews for flights from Canada will be carried out at Canada's four largest airports, followed by eleven other airports by the end of September.
The temperature tests for passengers are carried out twice at intervals of 10 minutes. If someone has a fever, they have to rebook their flight 14 days later. Garneau said the federal government is working with airlines to ensure that the subsequent flight is no more expensive than their original booking.
The Transport Minister stressed that this was in addition to health screening and wearing face-covering issues.
"It's perfect, no, but it's part of a multi-layered approach we're taking," Garneau said, adding that if someone with COVID-19 has a fever and presents at an airport, there is a "very high" chance of it being recognized .
Americans could come to Canada to go to Alaska
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland commented on reports that Americans could come to Canada by stating that they were driving through the country to get to Alaska.
She said that even though border officials do a "great job" of determining whether someone's trip is essential, she reminded people on both sides of the border that "restrictions exist for a reason."
"They are there to protect us all," said Freeland. “Don't come to Canada unless you come for a reason.
Regarding the future of Canada-US border restrictions, the Deputy Prime Minister said the two countries continue to pursue a "cooperative approach" and talks are ongoing.
"I think it is important for all of us to recognize that our collaborative approach has been a real success," said Freeland. "All decisions about the Canadian border are made by Canadians in Canada's national interest."
She also said that although the reopening of the Canadian economy is exciting, the COVID-19 situation remains serious.
11:55 am: Canada prescribes temperature tests for travelers
Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau announces new rules for air travelers regarding temperature tests
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that the federal government will require temperature testing for all passengers through a "step-by-step approach". The Prime Minister had previously announced that travelers and employees must wear face masks on flights because practicing physical distance on airplanes is difficult.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government prescribes temperature controls at the airport.
Trudeau said this would be a "step-by-step approach", first for travelers to Canada, then for travelers from Canada, followed by travelers within Canada.
The prime minister said a fever passenger should not board his flight, and people working at airports would also have temperature controls performed.
"It's an additional measure that can highlight symptoms of COVID-19," said Trudeau. "It is not a 100 percent solution, it is an additional level of security ... it also corresponds to what many of our international partners also do."
The Canadian armed forces are scheduled to remain in nursing homes until June 26
Coronavirus outbreak: According to Trudeau, CAF is to help nursing homes in Ontario, Quebec, through June 26
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that the deployment of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to Ontario and Quebec nursing homes to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks as part of the ongoing pandemic will continue until June 26th Help elderly care.
Trudeau also said the Canadian armed forces will remain in long-term care facilities in Ontario and Quebec until June 26.
"Your help is still needed," said the Prime Minister.
He continued that this was not a long-term solution and the goal was to replace the members of the Canadian Armed Forces in these environments with trained members of the Canadian Red Cross. Trudeau said that armed forces were there to "stabilize" the situation in this environment and had made a significant difference to date.
June 11th
7:11 p.m. COVID-19 questions of the day



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