The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

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Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Ontario declares a STATE OF EMERGENCY in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta declares a state of public health emergency. Alberta’s COVID-19 website receives 300,000 visits Ontario may have its first COVID-19 related death. Anxiety rising in Canada according to the latest polls PM Trudeau says emergency measures are under consideration Shoppers Drug Mart gives seniors exclusive hour to shop amid COVID-19 panic buying Five US states have postponed voting in the 2020 Democratic Primaries AMAZON OVERWHELMED, DELAYS SOME DELIVERIES <<<<<<>>>>>>  Late this afternoon, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney made an  announcement declaring a state of public health emergency. It includes a ban on any organized gatherings of more than 50 people.  Albertans are now prohibited from visiting a number of venues including: public recreation centres, casinos, bingo halls, bars, nightclubs, fitness centres, arenas, museums, and indoor children's play centres.  Sit-down restaurants, pubs, delis and coffee shops are now limited to a maximum of 50 people or 50 per cent of their maximum capacity, whichever is lower.  The declaration comes under the province's Public Health Act  which typically permits a 30-day period for the state of emergency, which can be extended to 90 days.  <<<<<<<>>>>>>>>  Meanwhile, Alberta’s COVID-19 website has received more than 300,000 visits. It’s a new tool to self-assess for the coronavirus - launched in Alberta to reduce the strain on Health Link 811 call volumes, which have more than doubled in recent days. The online service is the first of its kind in Canada and helps people determine whether to call Health Link 811 and get tested for COVID-19. The online questionnaire asks what symptoms, if any, someone is experiencing and takes the user through steps to determine whether testing is needed. <<<<<<>>>>>>>  Ontario may have its first COVID-19 related death. The province’s health minister Christine Elliott says a man who tested positive for the corona virus has died but it’s not yet clear whether COVID-19 was the cause of death. There are now 190 COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Twelve new cases were reported today. That’s down considerably from the 74 new cases that were reported between Saturday and Monday. <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>  Two new polls confirm what many of us already know…Canadians are stressed by the pandemic and many agree the worst is yet to come. The Angus Reid Institute reports half of those surveyed fear the  illness will severely harm someone close to them; 65% worry about their personal finances amid chaotic markets <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>  Markets in the US responded with a favourable bounce – the Dow Jones finishing up more than 1000 points after the White House unveiled its $850 billion relief package. We may get a sense of the financial measures Ottawa will be taking when we hear from the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Today, Prime Minister Trudeau says he’s considering a recall of Parliament . Trudeau says there will be legislation that makes it easier for the government to get EI cheques out the door…and they’ll explore options under the federal Emergency Measures Act <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>  The challenges posed by self-isolation, by school closures and the chaos as some retailers and grocery stores has meant more of us are turning to Amazon to deliver our goods and groceries to our door.   And that has stressed Amazon’s capacity. So much so that Jay Carney at Amazon tells CNN, the company is prepared to hire 100 thousand new workers. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>  IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE OR A GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY STORY YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford.