COVID-19 recap: feds look to boost testing, contact tracing; province introduces apprentice assistance funding; local health unit reporting low numbers

Here's some COVID-19 info you may have missed on Friday, May 22nd

We closed out the work week hearing from the Prime Minister that increased testing is a necessity if the economy were to reopen, while Queen’s Park introduced a funding plan designed to aid apprentices across the province, and the local health unit saw just three new cases added to its tally.

Government of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new contact tracing measures on Friday to track those who test positive for COVID-19 and help provincial jurisdictions share data. While plans to relax pandemic restrictions vary across Canada, Trudeau said every province/territory needs to be able to identify and isolate new COVID-19 cases.

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Province of Ontario

Premier Doug Ford echoed comments from the federal level on Friday, adding that he would push for robo-calling to prompt people to go out and get tested if needed. Meanwhile, Ford announced Ontario is providing grants for apprentices to purchase tools, protective equipment, and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools. The government is providing an Ontario Tools Grant of $2.5 million in 2020-21 and $7.5 million in 2021-22.

RELATED: PREMIER FORD SAYS IF HAS TO MAKE ROBO-CALLS FOR PEOPLE TO GO GET TESTED, HE WILL

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Just three new cases of COVID-19 added to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s caseload in today’s update, for a total of 443 cases. Of those, 74 percent, or 328 people, have recovered. That’s an increase of four since yesterday. No new lives lost, 36 to date.

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