COVID-19 Recap: Feds say post-secondary relief coming Friday; province redeploying education workers; Health Unit notes big jump in recoveries

Here's what you missed on Wednesday, May 13th

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced details on when post-secondary students can apply for a previously announced federal aid package. The Ministry of Education says it is working on redeploying education workers into other sectors where bodies are most needed, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit announced over two dozen recoveries since yesterday.

Government of Canada

Applications for Canadian student COVID-19 pandemic assistance will open on Friday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as students apply for their relief benefit they will also be directed to a job bank so they can see what jobs are available for them. Students collecting the emergency financial aid will be required to confirm they’re looking for summer work.

RELATED: POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC AID ON FRIDAY

Province of Ontario

The Ontario government asked school staff to redeploy to congregate care settings like long-term care homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. The redeployment would be voluntary and only for those who are not directly involved in current ‘at-home’ learning. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the action “hasn’t been necessary” up until this point. Elliott also says it’s just a tool they can use to mobilize quickly.

RELATED: SCHOOL STAFF IN ONTARIO ASKED TO REDEPLOY TO LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has announced twenty-six more recoveries since yesterday, with 229 people recovered thus far. That represents just over 58% of all local cases. However, eleven more cases were added to the caseload now totalling 390. Of those, 31 people have died, one more since yesterday.

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

RELATED: TWENTY-SIX PEOPLE RECOVERED IN SIMCOE-MUSKOKA SINCE YESTERDAY AS HEALTH UNIT CONFIRMS 11 NEW CASES AND ONE DEATH

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