Canada announces response fund

May 22, 2020
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a $1 billion response fund, including $500 million to go to provinces and territories, a $50 million contribution to the World Health Organization and an additional $275 million to fund COVID-19 research in Canada. Though small in comparison to later U.S. efforts, this commitment comes…

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Canada announces Cabinet Committee

May 22, 2020
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During a visit to a Quebec electric-vehicle company, Prime Minister Trudeau announces the creation of a Cabinet Committee on the federal response to the coronavirus disease, chaired by Chrystia Freeland, “to limit the spread of the virus” and to protect “the health and safety of all Canadians.”

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First identified presumptive case of COVID-19 in Canada

May 22, 2020
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On January 25, the first identified presumptive case in Canada was a male in his 50s who travelled between Wuhan and Guangzhou before returning to Toronto on January 22. Canada issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to China due to the outbreak, including a regional travel advisory to avoid…

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Canadians first advised not to worry based on current data

May 22, 2020
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“There has been no evidence to date that this illness, whatever it’s caused by, is spread easily from person to person; no health care workers caring for the patients have become ill; a positive sign.” Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. Dr. Tam later revised her recommendations.

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Social distancing becomes the norm

May 21, 2020
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Social distancing signage has begun replacing the closing signs. This includes restaurant signs offering curbside service and signs preventing people from entering a public space without a face mask.

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Thanking front line workers

May 21, 2020
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Throughout April and May, worldwide, people are thanking front line workers for their efforts

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District of Columbia and region start lockdown

May 21, 2020
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Despite downplaying by Federal authorities, the Mayor of Washington D.C. and the governors of Maryland and Virginia agree to a shutdown. Very quickly, signs begin appearing in stores throughout the Capital District region. At this point, many stores believe that they will be closed for only one or two weeks…

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RSI announces temporary office closure

May 21, 2020
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Informed by its own risk assessment, Risk Sciences International decides to close the Ottawa office and asks all staff to work from home.

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Prime Minister Trudeau announces self-quarantine

May 21, 2020
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he would self quarantine after his wife Sophie Grégoire tested positive for COVID-19.

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Georgia begins wave of reopening announcements

May 21, 2020
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Some governors in the South have begun loosening restrictions put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus despite not having met the Federal Government’s recommendations including a two-week decline in new cases. On April 20, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp granted businesses across the state permission to reopen later this…

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