COVID-19 recap: Feds and province urging use of masks; big business loan applications being accepted; local health unit confirms two more lives lost

Here's some COVID-19 info you may have missed on Wednesday, May 20th

A unified message from both the provincial and federal governments today: wear a mask when physical distancing isn’t an option. Meanwhile, the local health unit confirmed two more lives were lost to COVID-19 in our region.

Government of Canada

Not only did federal officials urge Canadians to use non-medical face masks today, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced details of a Canada-wide commercial rent relief program. Trudeau implored landlord’s to opt-in to the program. “If you are a landlord and you and your tenant are eligible, please apply,” Trudeau said.

RELATED: COMMERCIAL RENT RELIEF PORTAL WILL OPEN ON MAY 25 FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Province of Ontario

Provincial officials used the daily COVID-19 update from Queen’s Park to build on the message from federal health officials: wear a mask when you cannot practice physical distancing. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott added Ontarians should wear a non-medical mask while using public transit or grocery shopping too.

RELATED: CANADIAN HEALTH OFFICIALS NOW ‘RECOMMEND’ GENERAL MASK-USE IN TIGHT PUBLIC SETTINGS

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reporting 5 new cases of COVID-19 in our region, along with another six people who have since recovered, and two more people who have died. The two deceased were residents of Owen Hill Community Care in Barrie.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health provides live updates via Facebook video every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

RELATED: TWO MORE LIVES LOST AS SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT ADDS FIVE NEW COVID-19 CASES TO ITS TALLY

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