COVID-19 - April 7 Update

This is a challenging time for all of us and with all the information and announcements that come forward each day is it difficult to review all of them. Each weekday, I provide you with a concise update on the events of the day. As your City Councillor, it is important to hear from you and answer your questions directly. That is why tomorrow at 7PM, I will be hosting a Facebook Live event. On the stream, I will be providing an update on what the three levels of government have done to support you and then there'll be an opportunity to answer your questions. If you would like to participate, please click ‘Follow’ on my page – facebook.com/AnaBailaoTO.

I have also launched the Davenport Easter Egg Hunt! event. Due to the challenges we are facing this year, we are trying something a little different and sharing our celebrations online through a #DavenportEggHunt social media community event! Let's come together as a community to draw, colour or create our very own eggs and then share them with our neighbours by placing them in our windows or porches. If you take a photo and tag me on social media @AnaBailaoTO using the hashtag #DavenportEggHunt, I will be sure to share it with the whole community!

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Food Delivery for Seniors (1-833-204-9952)
Responding to the Province of Ontario’s recommendation for everyone over age 70 to self-isolate, the City is working with Red Cross and other partners to provide food hamper delivery to seniors and others in need who are unable to leave their homes to access food. Beginning today, Red Cross will be accepting calls at 1-833-204-9952 for those who require this service. With support from United Way Greater Toronto, this service is made available for qualifying seniors and others that are in self-isolation and do not have alternative access to food through family, friends, or other food delivery services, and are not receiving assistance from another community food program.

SafeHaven Resource Panel (Donate)
The Safehaven Project for Community Living has provided high-quality community-based care for over 30 years. As an organization, Safehaven sets out to address the physical and attitudinal barriers that surround individuals with medically complex care needs. In light of the growth and evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional gaps in the Developmental Sector are being illuminated, leaving the individuals they care for increasingly vulnerable. Not only is Safehaven addressing these gaps, but they are also demonstrating their leadership by developing and updating a resource portal to support the public in accessing resources to help them through this time. Go to safehaven.to/covid-19-update/ for a plethora of resources, including government updates, self-care information, community partner resources, and more.

Flatten the Curve Survey
Toronto Public Health wants to learn how COVID-19 is moving through the community, to provide an indication of how well public health measures are working and help determine next steps. Residents who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms can help Toronto Public Health understand where Toronto is on the 'curve' of the epidemic by completing the survey at toronto.ca/flattenthecurve.

#GiveANurseSomeZa
With the help of Terroni and General Assembly Pizza, each week these organizers will be sending enough pizza to feed the day and night shift in the Emergency Department at a different hospital some much deserved pizza.

Toronto McDonald's closes after employee tests positive for coronavirus
An employee at the 1185 Dupont Street McDonald’s location, reportedly tested positive on April 6. They last worked on April 2 from 7 am to 3 pm. The restaurant has been closed for intensive cleaning.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

The Toronto Public Library will host 9 food banks in branches across the City for residents in need of food support
Toronto Public Library has partnered with the North York Harvest Food Bank, Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest to set up food bank distribution from library branches across the city to provide alternate service locations for existing food banks that are now closed.

City of Toronto continuing to receive troubling reports of gatherings in parks, dumping at clothing drop boxes
The City received 385 complaints yesterday alone about people using closed park amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. MLS spoke to 848 people regarding the closure of park amenities and distancing.

Provincial

Ontario Helping Indigenous Communities Stop the Spread of COVID-19
As part of Ontario's Action Plan: Response to COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing over $37 million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous people and communities.

Federal

Readout: Minister of Foreign Affairs continues to coordinate with international counterparts on COVID-19
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today organized a fifth call with his counterparts from countries affected by COVID-19, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

During the call, the ministers provided an update on their country’s response to COVID-19 and discussed their priority issues as the global pandemic evolves.

Minister Schulte and Minister Hajdu express Canada’s gratitude on National Caregiver Day
The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, and the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, issued a statement thanking caregivers.

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