COVID-19 - May 27 Update

As we all work together to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, many residents would like to know the data with respect to their own neighbourhoods. Mayor John Tory and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, have released the City’s geographic data of cases by neighbourhood. This data shows that the virus is present in every community across the city. It is important that we approach this information with an understanding that each case is a person – a neighbour, a friend, a colleague. Data such as this is used to assist public health officials and others in addressing this public health emergency.

Dr. de Villa also provided an update on the COVID-19 reproduction number. Prior to public health measures, COVID-19 was spreading with an infection rate of 3 – meaning every existing case created 3 more. After the implementations of our public health measures, we have been successful in reducing that number to 1.1. Our goal remains to reduce that number to below 1, which will lead to the decline and eventual end of new cases. Evidence confirmed in these statistics demonstrates that our collective efforts are working and we need to continue our commitment to the measures that have brought us to this point.

In order to further support our essential workers, the City has received authorization from the province to open another child care centre for their children. Since launching the online application form on March 28, the City has received more than 1,128 applications, contacted and offered a placement to 757 families, and placed more than 342 children in childcare. Sixty-seven per cent of the applications were from heath care related workers (including Toronto Public Health and Long-Term Care) and first responders. Because physical distancing is difficult when caring for young children, additional measures are being taken in consultation with Toronto Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Click here for further details and eligibility requirements.

Tomorrow, Toronto City Council will be meeting virtually for the second time since the provincial shutdown. You can find the full agenda here and can watch it live on the City’s YouTube page.

On Thursday, June 4 at 7pm, I will be hosting my third Virtual Davenport Town Hall to bring our community together, share updates from the City and hear from you about how we can support our community further. You can register for this event here, or by calling our office at 416.392.7012. I look forward to connecting with you.

Our office continues to work to serve you remotely. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca or by phone at 416.392.7012.

In community,

Ana

Questions from the Community!

Each day, we are working to answer important questions from our community. To keep you all informed, we will feature some of these questions each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.

Are religious groups allowed to hold services again in Ontario?
The answer is actually yes and no. The province continues to maintain in place its state of emergency declaration that prohibits gatherings of more than five people. They recently amended their order to allow for drive-in religious gatherings where faith leaders can lead services provided people remain in their vehicles two metres apart and that there is nothing exchanged between cars. Up to 5 religious leaders can lead the services from outside at the front. The provincial government is currently in discussions with faith leaders to determine how regular services can resume in a safe manner in the coming weeks and months. In the interim many religious leaders have been conducting services using online platforms. Below is a link to the provincial order regarding this subject.
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-to-keep-people-safe.html

Where can I find information regarding the numbers of Covid-19 cases in my neighbourhood?
The City's Public Health Division has now created an interactive map that allows you to review the number of Covid-19 cases based on neighbourhoods. This map, along with a great deal of additional information can be found at the link below.
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/

Local Updates

Toronto Public Health releases planning guide to help businesses reopen safely
The Toronto Public Health Planning Guide includes an easy-to-use risk assessment tool and a risk mitigation planning guide, links to an array of industry-specific support documents and sector-specific Toronto Public Health fact sheets as well as downloadable posters and infographics.

Support for retailers re-opening for curbside pickup
The City has created a plan to support retailers as they re-open for curbside pickup and delivery. This includes a program to establish Temporary Parking Pick-up Zones and Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones. All open businesses should follow advice from public health experts. Learn more about government guidelines for street entrance retailers reopening for pickup services at a webinar on May 28 at 11 a.m.

Stay connected with Business AdviceTO online events
The City of Toronto Business AdviceTO program is a series of free weekly online events for technology, retail and female-led businesses. The events provide an opportunity to share, learn and grow with other entrepreneurs and leaders mitigating through COVID-19. Participants will hear ideas from speakers and peers and break into smaller groups to delve into specific topics of interest.

Online IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s
Register here to join the first virtual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 31, in your neighbourhood. Share what your move is and whether you are connecting solo or as a team on social media using the hashtags #igwalkforalz and #ourconnectionsmatter.

Habitat for Humanity Update
When COVID hit, Habitat for Humanity responsibly closed their sites. Over this period, they have been working to ensure when they re-open, they could do so safely. Now that they are reopening, they have shared a number of important measures they are taking.

Artist Call Out! Vaughan and Oakwood Street Art Project
I am excited to share that Oakwood Village BIA has received a Toronto Street Art Grant! They are currently on the hunt for an artist to give a makeover to three benches at Vaughan and Oakwood. You can find more details on their Facebook page.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto releases geographic information on local COVID-19 cases
Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg today provided an update on the City’s continuing response to COVID-19.

Toronto City Council meeting to occur virtually May 28
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto City Council will meet virtually tomorrow, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. The first virtual Council Meeting was held on April 30.

City of Toronto planning for expressway closure, accelerated road construction and ActiveTO this weekend
The City of Toronto encourages the public to plan ahead for essential trips this weekend as the City will actively manage traffic which will be impacted by important expressway maintenance, roadway construction and safe physical activity options for residents.

City of Toronto to resume waste bin exchanges and reopen all closed drop-off depots
The City of Toronto, under the guidance of the Medical Officer of Health, is gradually reopening City facilities and restarting operations where it is safe to do so. As part of our phased resumption of services, 311 will now begin taking requests for waste bin exchanges. Requests to upsize or downsize a recycling or garbage bin can now be made by calling 311. Requests for a new garbage, recycling or green bin, additional bin or bin repair can also be made by calling 311.

City of Toronto opens eighth emergency child care centre for essential and critical service workers
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open another licensed child care centre to provide care for the children of essential and critical service workers. Like the first seven centres, this new centre is in an existing City-run licensed child care facility and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers.

Provincial

Ontario Taking Action at High Risk Long-Term Care Homes
The Ministry of Long-Term Care has deployed long-term care inspection teams to conduct comprehensive, detailed inspections at high-risk long-term care homes over the next 21 days. At the same time, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has started the process of appointing temporary management at Eatonville Care Centre, Hawthorne Place Care Centre, Altamont Care Community, Orchard Villa, and Camilla Care Community. Further, the recently announced independent commission into Ontario's long-term care system will now begin its work in July 2020.

Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak
The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Federal

Health Canada announces another step to accelerate access to health products for COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global search for therapies to treat, diagnose, mitigate or prevent the infection. Before new therapies can be made available to Canadians, they must be shown to be safe and effective, and clinical trials are a critical part of that process.

To date, Health Canada has approved 37 clinical trials for potential COVID-19 therapies and vaccines. To accelerate these efforts, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, has authorized changes for a more flexible process for clinical trials related to COVID-19, without compromising the safety of participants or the reliability of trials’ findings.

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