Yesterday was a terrible and tragic day in Nova Scotia where 18 people lost their lives, including an RCMP officer, in an act of senseless violence. I know we all join together in expressing our sincerest condolences to the families of those who have had their lives cut short so tragically. To honour the memory of those who we have lost we have lowered flags across our City.
National Volunteer Week begins today and I would like to express our gratitude to everyone who volunteers their time, energy and resources to help our community. Throughout this pandemic, we have had friends and neighbours come forward to assist others and we are honoured to recognize their service.
This morning the province provided an important update with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their revised projections show that measures like staying at home and practicing physical distancing are being very effective. The provincial projections show that the province is projected to have 20,000 Covid-19 infections, much lower than previous estimates. Although we are experiencing a tragic loss of life, especially in our long-term care facilities, these numbers are also projected to be much lower.
It is important to acknowledge that these revised projections are a direct result of all us following the directions of our public health officials and we must continue to do so to ensure that we move forward on this path.
We must all take this more positive news in the context that our actions have and will continue to make a difference. We will get through this together.
Stay Home Signs
Do you want to show your support for people to #StayHome? Visit here to download copies of the City's signs that you can print and put on your windows. There are even colouring versions for those who want to get creative.
xoTO Loves Film
The Toronto film & television industry has joined xoTO Givebacks with COVID-19 relief efforts. For one of the most deeply affected industries, those within it are generously sharing their talent and resources to assist those in need. You can see a video they made on their efforts here.
Earth Day Public Webinar
Earth Day is this Wednesday and Climate Fast is hosting a free webinar featuring prominent figures addressing climate change and environmental science. You can register for this event here.
Thank You to Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre Staff
Over the weekend, I thanked Marcia and Marisol, two DPNCHC staff for their efforts to sew 120 masks for people in our community. I know you will join me in thanking them once again for their efforts.
I want to also share my appreciation to Delta Bingo for pitching in to support front line health care workers by partnering with a local manufacturer to produce personal protective equipment. To learn more or support this effort, please visit here.
City of Toronto seeing progress in fight against spread of COVID-19
Today’s update followed the provincial government's release of updated COVID-19 projections and the announcement that the curve of community-spread cases of COVID-19 in the province has peaked. Dr. de Villa confirmed Toronto is currently in the peak period for reported cases in the city and there is cause for cautious optimism. She reminded residents that the only way we will continue to be successful is if we maintain in place the measures that have resulted in these revised projections. All residents are asked to stay home as much as possible and practice physical distancing.
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
The coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team, made up of staff from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Building, and Toronto Police Service, has been out all weekend ensuring people and businesses across the city are following public health directions and provincial orders.
City of Toronto COVID-19 Enforcement Team continues important work across the city
The enforcement team continues to see troubling behaviour as weather improves and people become frustrated with restrictions. People continue to build fire pits at Bluffers Park and gatherings were observed at the boat launch in King’s Mill Park. People are still removing signage and barriers at many locations. Long lines without proper social distancing continue to form outside businesses.
Health Experts Say the COVID-19 Outbreak Has Likely Peaked in Ontario
The Ontario government today released updated COVID-19 modelling, which shows that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health indicated emergency measures must remain in place to continue reducing the number of cases and deaths.
Province Calls for Innovative Solutions to Combat COVID-19
The Ontario government is investing $20 million to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. The government is calling on all of the province's world-class research institutions, post-secondary institutions, and non-profit scientific partners to take action in the development of innovative solutions to track and defeat COVID-19.
Readout: Minister Gould speaks with head of World Health Organization
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today spoke with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Website Enables Sharing of Pandemic Resources and Good Practices
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has provided an online space, Pandemic Info Share, to enable businesses and organizations to share their pandemic-related good practices and resources. (Website Link)