The Ontario government provided an update on COVID-19 testing, noting that more than 342,000 tests have been completed in Ontario to date and the province is now leading Canada in both total and per capita testing. The government also said that Ontario is completing more than 16,000 tests per day, nearly a week ahead of their original target of May 6, set three weeks ago.
In partnership with Ontario Health, Public Health Ontario, local public health units and hospital and community laboratories, the Ontario government has developed an integrated laboratory system with testing being carried out in hospitals, long-term care homes, group homes, shelters, emergency child care centres and other congregate settings.
The Prime Minister announced that Canada and international partners have launched the “Coronavirus Global Response” dedicated to raise more than $8 billion to help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat and protect people against COVID-19.
The PM highlighted that Canada’s contribution of $850 million toward the initiative includes investments to support both Canadian and international research targets including implementation of vaccination through The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative and Vaccine development through World Health Organization’s solidarity trials. Currently, more than 100 research groups are pursuing vaccines with nearly a dozen in early stages of human trials or poised to start trails soon.
Three more residents in Windsor-Essex have passed away due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 54. In total, Windsor-Essex has 641 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. As we enter a new week, I hope everyone will continue to follow the recommended practices of our medical professionals by washing your hands regularly and practicing social distancing.