COVID-19 recap: Ottawa extends wage subsidy; province teasing education announcement; health unit wraps up the week with five recoveries

Here's what you may have missed on Friday, May 15th, 2020

We closed out the work week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing an extension of a federal wage relief program, while the province hinted we’ll learn more about the rest of the school year after the long weekend, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed just seven new cases of COVID-19 locally, with nearly as many recoveries.

Government of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the extension of the federal government’s 75 percent emergency wage subsidy until the end of August. The federal government is also extending the scope of the program to include more workers and businesses.

RELATED: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS EXTENDING THE WAGE SUBSIDY UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST

Province of Ontario

An announcement about the rest of the school year and daycares in Ontario will be made on Tuesday, May 19. Premier Doug Ford confirmed the news during his media briefing from Queen’s Park today.

RELATED: PREMIER FORD SAYS IF YOU SEE YOUR FAMILY THIS LONG WEEKEND ‘STAY OUTSIDE, HAVE A BBQ’

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is closing out the work week by announcing seven new cases of COVID-19 locally, bringing the local case count to 406. That includes another five people now recovered, 263 to date. No local lives were lost since yesterday’s update, the region’s death toll remains at 32.

RELATED: SEVEN NEW CASES, FIVE RECOVERIES AS SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT UPDATES LOCAL CASE COUNT

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