COVID-19 recap: Ottawa announces seniors’ aid; Premier teasing more reopenings; Health Unit numbers trending in the wrong direction

Here's what you missed on Tuesday, May 12th

Today, the federal government announced some extra funding for the nation’s seniors. The Ontario Government will announce Phase One of the provincial reopening on Thursday, and Simcoe-Muskoka’s medical officer of health says our COVID-19 numbers are trending in the wrong direction.

Government of Canada

The federal government is providing short-term support for seniors struggling to pay increased costs for things like food delivery, extra prescription dispensing fees, and a lack of public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who have already registered for Old Age Security and/or Guaranteed Income Supplement already qualify for this one-time fund.

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Province of Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province will share more details about the reopening of the province on Thursday. Ford said Ontario will “hit stage one” in the coming days, adding that “good news” is coming. “We will have more good news to share on Thursday on the next stage of the re-opening of the economy,” said Ford during his media briefing Tuesday at Queen’s Park.

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Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit

There have been an additional 20 cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka since the last update from the local health unit on Friday, which brings the total caseload to 379. There were five new deaths for a total of 30; nine individuals are in hospital, a drop of two; and there have been 203 recoveries.

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