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- As of May 19, there are 23,774, known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
- 18,190 cases have been resolved in the province and 1,962 people have died.
- As of May 18, there are 8,866 cases in Toronto, 6,616 cases are resolved and 690 people have died.
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9 am Many Toronto park amenities reopen this weekend
Skate parks, tennis courts and outdoor fields are among the more than 850 city park amenities set to reopen this weekend. Toronto shuttered all park amenities in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but the province has now partially eased restrictions to allow some things to reopen.
More than 70 off-leash dog parks, five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four disc golf locations have already reopened.
More than 600 tennis courts at 185 locations will begin reopening this weekend as well and lawn bowling and outdoor bocce will reopen next week. Amenities scheduled to open in time for this upcoming weekend include:
- Picnic shelters
- More than 300 soccer and multi-use outdoor fields
- More than 300 baseball diamonds
- 150 basketball courts
However, there are rules around the use of fields as permits for soccer, multi-use fields and baseball diamonds are still cancelled until June 29.
People can use outdoor sports facilities and fields for non-team sports, such as walking, running, biking, skateboarding, frisbee, kicking a ball, and low contact racquet sports like tennis, badminton, pickleball and ping pong. Torontonians are not permitted to play team sports on a city field unless they are members of the same household.
Playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, swimming pools, splash pads, greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories, High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm are closed.
9 am Canada has more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 80,102 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 6,030 people have died.
The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized.
Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.