Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

May 21 2020, 1:57 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 21, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec confirms 82 more coronavirus deaths as cases near 45,500

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 3,800, after announcing 82 more deaths since Wednesday afternoon.

As part of the Province’s daily briefings, Quebec Premier François Legault updated the Quebec’s numbers, confirming 45,495 known cases and 1,504 hospitalizations, 176 of whom are in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 312,247 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Public health gives okay for Quebec summer camps to open next month: Legault

Public health authorities have given Quebec summer camps the green light to open on June 22 throughout the province.

François Legault says he’s received a lot of emails from concerned parents and is “happy to announce” the date, which he said is “essentially the same date as usual,” in a French press conference from Montreal.

Legault says it’s important for kids to meet with each other, go outside, and play.

$75M of new funding announced for Indigenous peoples in urban centres, off reserve

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous people in urban areas and off reserve.

“As COVID-19 continues to affect Canadians across the country, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis are also facing health, social, and economic challenges,” reads a statement from the prime minister’s office.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that Indigenous peoples have unique needs, especially those who are separated from their families and communities.”

28 military members serving at long-term care homes test positive for coronavirus

A total of 28 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members have tested positive for COVID-19 after serving at long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec.

This shows a drastic increase compared to the confirmed five cases on May 15.

As of May 20, there are 12 CAF members who have tested positive in Ontario and 16 in Quebec who have contracted coronavirus — updates are provided daily for the duration of CAF assistance in long-term care facilities.

Quebec IGA and Metros provide updates on stores with known coronavirus cases

Two of Quebec’s leading grocery retailers, IGA and Metro, have released lists detailing when and where employees and customers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both store chains said that out of respect and for confidentiality reasons, it will never release any personal information about infected employees or clients.

Victoria’s Secret to permanently close 250 stores across Canada and US

Nearly 250 Victoria’s Secret stores across Canada and the US are closing for good.

The retailer, including the Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, and PINK banners, have been hit hard since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Almost all” of the company’s stores have been closed since March 17 due to the pandemic, says an L Brands press release.

Canadiens would play Penguins in NHL’s planned 24-team playoff format

Against all odds, if/when the NHL returns to play this summer, the Montreal Canadiens will be in the playoffs.

Sort of.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the NHL and NHLPA are working on a 24-team playoff, an idea that has been gaining traction over the past few days according to multiple reports.

Skateparks, pétanque courts, outdoor tracks open throughout Montreal today

Montreal has announced the reopening of a few sports and leisure activities as well as some good news for our four-legged friends.

Starting on Thursday, skateparks, pétanque courts, and outdoor athletic tracks will open throughout Montreal for individual use.

Additionally, dog parks will reopen throughout the island, effective as of Friday and golf courses will tee off on Saturday, May 23.