Jukasa News Update – Thursday, March 26, 2020
Ontario announced a $17 billion dollar COVID19 package more than doubling the provincial deficit.
The funding provides a one time payment for parents of $200 per child aged 12 and under and doubles payments for low-income seniors.
An additional $26 million has been earmarked for indigenous communities to secure health care and critical supplies to fight the pandemic coronavirus.
The plan also includes $75 million dollars for more personal protective equipment and medical supplies for healthcare workers across the province.
Addiction experts are urging provinces to keep liquor stores open during the COVID19 outbreak or risk exacerbating another public health crisis.
Officials in provinces including Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan have cited similar concerns in listing liquor and cannabis stores as essential services exempt from sweeping retail shutdowns.
Doctors say cutting off people who are physically dependent on alcohol can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms such as delirium, seizures and even death.
In 2018, nearly 20 per cent of Canadians over the age of 12 reported alcohol use that classified them as heavy drinkers.
Even a small fraction of people going through withdrawal suddenly all at the same time could spark a “secondary health crisis” for emergency rooms already overwhelmed with COVID-19.
Canada is making unprecedented use of the federal Quarantine Act in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which went into effect early Wednesday, hours before it was announced, means all travellers returning to Canada are now legally required to go into self-isolation for 14 days rather than simply urged to do so. Here’s a closer look at the legislation.
The legislation gives the federal health minister sweeping powers to stop the spread of communicable diseases either in or out of Canada. Those measures include everything from routine screenings conducted by quarantine officers at airports to the sort of mandatory isolation orders issued on Wednesday.
Ontario is now reporting 688 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the province.
A total of 8 cases have resolved and 13 people have died.
The province of Quebec now holds the largest recorded number of cases with 1339 confirmed patients and 6 deaths. One of those cases has resolved.
Of Canadians being repatriated to the country and held at CFB Trenton 13 have been confirmed ill.
There are now 3409 cases in Canada. A total of 73 of those are presumptive cases with 3336 confirmed including 35 deaths and 182 people on the mend.
Ontario Provincial Police have charged a 15-year-old who they allege accidentally shot a friend while playing with a gun in Perth County.
Investigators allege that the incident happened on Saturday morning, when a group of teens were playing with guns in a field.
They say a 14-year-old was shot and suffered minor injuries.
Police say a 15-year-old from the Municipality of North Perth was charged with careless use of a firearm.
The identity of the 15-year-old is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and police didn’t release the gender of the person charged.
Officers say the teen is due in court at a later date.
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