Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

May 15 2020, 1:41 pm

Every day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

And for now, we will be putting together Montreal and Canada’s top headlines daily to help digest the news in one place.

Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.

Top coronavirus stories for May 15, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec confirms 50 more coronavirus deaths as cases near 41,500

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 3,401, after announcing 50 more deaths since Thursday afternoon.

As part of his daily briefings, held on Friday from Montreal, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, confirming 41,420 known cases and 1,822 hospitalizations, 191 of whom are in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 274,630 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

5 military members assisting at long-term care homes test positive for coronavirus

Five members of the Canadian military have tested positive for the coronavirus after working in long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec.

Roughly 265 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are assisting at five long-term care facilities across the Greater Toronto Area and another 125 were deployed to CHSLDs in Quebec to fortify the supply of much-needed staff.

All CAF members arrived in response to a request for assistance from the federal government.

Trudeau extends wage subsidy until end of summer

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by another three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau said the subsidy will extend to the end of August, and added that the government will be broadening the eligibility.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.

Select national parks to partially reopen next month: Trudeau

Justin Trudeau said the government is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by another three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau said the subsidy will extend to the end of August, and added that the government will be broadening the eligibility.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.

Over 320 km of pedestrian and bike paths to open in Montreal by summer

The fight against COVID-19 has changed travel throughout Montreal and the city has announced an ambitious new initiative as summertime approaches.

The 327 km of new pedestrian and bike paths will be created throughout Montreal by the end of summer 2020, in addition to more than 900 km of existing paths for pedestrians and cyclists on the island.

Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit are now open

Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) are now open online.

The benefit is part of a $9 billion support package for students who are facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CESB is aimed to help students continue their studies, secure, and retain summer employment, pay their bills, and save tuition for the fall.

Here’s where you can get tested for coronavirus throughout Montreal

Santé Montreal is encouraging citizens to get tested as soon as they develop COVID-19-related symptoms or if residents have been in contact with someone who’s confirmed with the disease.

Françcois Legault said the government is gradually moving towards the province’s goal of 14,000 tests per day and is encouraging Quebecers to go out and get tested.

Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal’s director of public health, says the aim is to quickly isolate known-coronavirus cases to reduce the spread of the virus as quickly as possible.