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COVID-19 Government Order Timeline

January 25, 2020

The first presumptive case is reported in Ontario when a man in his 50s, who came from Wuhan, China, feels minor symptoms. He then calls 911 and is placed in isolation at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. His wife becomes the second case and begins self-isolating the following day. The man’s illness is officially confirmed two days later.

March 11, 2020

The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a Global Pandemic

March 17, 2020

Ontario declares a state emergency and orders some businesses to close including daycares, bars, restaurants, private schools and theatres

March 21, 2020

Ontario authorizes health service providers the ability to take “any reasonably necessary measure to respond to, prevent and alleviate the outbreak of the coronavirus for patients,” allowing them to override collective agreements, statutes, policies and regulations

March 23, 2020

All non-essential businesses are ordered to close for 14 days.

March 25, 2020

Bill 188 passes providing $3.3 Billion to support healthcare workers against COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act is passed giving financial support to individuals’ suffering a loss of income for reasons related to the coronavirus disease.

April 6, 2020

The first COVID-19 case surfaces in a northwestern Ontario Indigenous community, prompting calls for a military hospital to be set up.

April 14, 2020

Ontario extends the state of emergency for another four weeks and pledges more resources to LTC homes, which have become the epicentre of the crises in the province.

Prevents healthcare workers from employment with multiple healthcare providers resulting in significant human resource issues in the sector.

April 24, 2020

Order grants outside service providers the power to assist in LTC homes by giving assessments, offering clinical supervision, and providing nursing and personal support services.

April 27, 2020

Doug Ford provides the framework in which he will reopen the province although he does not commit  to a date for when it will get underway.

April 29, 2020

The list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency childcare during the COVID-19 outbreak expands to finally include both unregulated and regulated health care professionals.

May 6, 2020

Emergency orders are extended by the province for the third time. They will now continue until May 19, which will extend them past Victoria Day weekend.

May 8, 2020

Province orders available school board employees, including custodial and maintenance workers, to be redeployed and assist in “congregate care settings” which include hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes without proper training.

May 12, 2020

Province finally grants itself the power to issue mandatory management orders to LTC homes dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

May 20, 2020

Canada confirms 79,101 cases of confirmed cases to date resulting in 5,912 deaths.

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