Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: April 20

Published on April 20, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

 

  • Canada is bracing for potential shortages of critical drugs needed to treat COVID-patients, and has put a call out for new suppliers. 
  • Ontario appears to have avoided the worst-case pandemic scenario, with new projections suggesting the province saw the community spread of COVID-19 peak earlier than anticipated, which health officials attribute to vigilant social distancing measures — officials stressed that these measures must be continued for Ontario to eventually ease up and re-open the economy.
  • The projections are far less promising when it comes to the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care homes and other congregate settings, where the curve continues its upswing -- despite outbreaks impacting 127 long-term care facilities, the government has failed to take appropriate action to mitigate the spread, says Andrea Horwath. 
  • In a press conference, Doug Ford said he doesn’t “believe in collecting race-based data” – the Official Opposition's Anti-Racism critic Laura Mae Lindo countered: “Facts are facts, regardless of whether or not the premier chooses to believe in them. Black, Indigenous and racialized Ontarians already faced barriers to access and worse health outcomes before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with the spread of COVID-19, these health inequities could be compounded by other social and economic inequities, leading to even more dire health outcomes.”

Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

  • With long-term care and other group home settings the epicentre of the pandemic, Horwath called on the government to intervene with a host of measures, including taking over the management of long-term care homes most at risk, mandating that all workers limit to one facility—including temp agency workers—and raising wages for workers to $22 an hour. 


Email me to let me know how you’re doing, what you’re concerned about: gbisson@ndp.on.ca