COVID-19 - March 30 Update

As we head into another week of practicing physical distancing, requiring self-isolation, I hope everyone is managing as best as they can during this challenging time. By following the directions of our Medical Officers of Health we will get through this health emergency together and in a shorter time.

I know these are difficult times for all of us and as our Chief Medical Officer of Health has noted, it’s OK to not feel OK. Many people are experiencing anxiety, frustration and sadness in response to the public health and social impacts of COVID-19. These are normal and healthy responses and feelings to an abnormal situation. Whether in self-isolation or practising physical distancing, it is important to be mindful of mental health and connect with friends and family over the phone or online. Try to eat well and stay rested. Everyone is encouraged to check in, by means that maintain physical distancing, on others who may be struggling.

Crisis Services Canada is also available 24/7 by calling 1-833-456-4566 or texting 45645. For children, the Kids Help Phone is also available through text at 686868, or by phone at: 1-800-668-6868. I encourage you to take mental health seriously and reach out if you need support.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

SafeHaven (Donate)
SafeHaven continues to provide high-quality, family-centered and community-based residential and respite care for individuals with complex care needs.

Actors Fund Canada (AFC) Support (Donate)
AFC is the lifeline for many in Canada's Entertainment Industry. To apply to receive funds, to donate or to help promote the fundraising efforts Fund, please visit their site.

Pro Bono Ontario
Pro Bono Ontario continues to provide free legal assistance to low-income Ontarians for their everyday legal problems. They have pivoted all operations to the Free Legal Advice Hotline, and have started developing specialized resources to help answer legal questions related to COVID-19 shut-downs. The Hotline is a safe, convenient way for Ontarians to get help with:

 Employment issues

  • Housing issues
  • Consumer debt and protection problems
  • Corporate law for small businesses and non-profits
  • Powers of Attorney &
  • Civil litigation

Dial 1-855-255-7256. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

Recent Announcements

Municipal
City of Toronto to open child care for essential and core service workers
The City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open four licensed child care centres specifically to provide care for children of essential and critical service workers.

City of Toronto stresses the need for resident cooperation in responding to COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19, with first responders and staff working around the clock to keep Torontonians safe and healthy. All people in the city need to be our partners in slowing the spread of the virus.

City of Toronto reminds people to be mindful of mental health amid closures and ongoing response to COVID-19
Mayor John Tory, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management, Matthew Pegg, stressed the importance of mental health and addressed the anxiety many people are experiencing in response to the public health and social impacts of COVID-19. These are normal and healthy responses and feelings to an abnormal situation. It’s OK not to feel OK.

Toronto issuing fines up to $5K for people using prohibited amenities at parks
The City of Toronto has begun issuing fines for those who are using park amenities previously shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Province
Ontario Protecting Supply Chains To Support COVID-19 Emergency Response
Ontario continues to take important steps to protect the province's supply chain and make sure the heroes on the front lines have the essential goods and services they need in the fight against COVID-19 including personal protection equipment such as ventilators, masks and swabs.

Ontario Taking Emergency Measures to Support Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19
The Government of Ontario is implementing a new emergency order to ensure that staffing and resources are available to help care for and protect long-term care residents during the COVID-19 crisis. These temporary measures provide further flexibility for long-term care homes and allow homes to redirect their staffing and financial resources to essential tasks.

Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites
Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer announced updated guidance to help employers better understand their responsibilities and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the job site.

Ontario Protecting Seniors During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The government is investing $10 million to help community organizations with the coordination of subsidized deliveries of meals, medicines and other necessities to seniors. This investment doubles the government's initial commitment in Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. The government is also working with grocers and pharmacists to prioritize seniors' delivery orders and establish seniors-only shopping hours.

Ontario Increasing Health and Safety Measures to Better Protect Frontline Nurses from COVID-19
The province, in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and in consultation with the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), Ontario Health and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), is issuing a directive on health and safety standards for frontline nurses in hospitals in order to prevent exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. These standards have been developed with the guidance of clinically trained frontline nurses, hospital leaders and public health experts.

Federal
Government of Canada announces new domestic transportation measures
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced that the Government of Canada is introducing new domestic transportation measures to support provincial, territorial and local efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading from travellers within Canada.

Businesses, non-profits, charities eligible for wage subsidy
The 75-per-cent subsidy on wages meant to help reduce the impact from the pandemic will be available to employers whose revenues have fallen by at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19.

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