Your daily COVID-19 update: March 26

Welcome to our daily COVID-19 update. Here, you’ll find some tips and stories about how Canadians are coping with being cooped up in their homes. We’ll bring you some more uplifting news during these scary, uncertain times. 

What’s the government doing? The federal government is now requiring that returning travellers self-isolate for 14 days. Before, they were simply asking Canadians to do so. There are some exceptions for healthcare workers and truck drivers.

The government also announced a program Wednesday called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit that is meant to streamline the application process for laid off workers for $2,000 a month in support. 

Alberta has given its law enforcement agencies the power to enforce public health orders. 

In Newfoundland and Labrador, where 32 new cases were confirmed Wednesday, police arrested a woman for failing to follow an isolation order. 

Ontario’s provincial government announced a $17-billion aid package Wednesday, which included $100 million for skills training for workers affected by the disease. 

What’s happening across Canada? The number of community transmitted cases in Canada now outnumber the travel ones. This means that the virus has spread to many people who contracted it from others in their communities, rather than outside the country. 

British Columbia health officials confirmed that 55 healthcare workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

In Ontario, there were 10,489 people waiting for test results on Wednesday. More than 35,000 have been approved for testing so far. Ontario confirmed 100 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total to 688, as well as five more deaths. That brings the number of people who have died in Ontario to 13. 

The number of confirmed cases countrywide has now grown to 3,400, and 36 people have died. 

Lift me up. Traffic reporters in some of Canada’s largest cities are losing their minds! They have had a lot less to report about morning commutes with many people staying home to follow social distancing guidelines. (There have been so few cars on the road in Manitoba in recent weeks, that the province saw a 20 per cent reduction in accidents!)

We’ll leave you today with a list Nature Canada put together of things you can do to keep yourself busy while complying with social distancing guidelines. 

Stay safe.