Kanata North COVID-19 Update April 3

Good evening Kanata North,  

It’s Friday and we have made it through another week of COVID-19. Thank you to everyone who continues to practice physical distancing and stays home. Today, the Province released their modeling information. The numbers are eye-opening for the drastic impact each of our individual actions can have on this serious situation. The data unequivocally and starkly shows the dramatic positive effect that physical distancing and self-isolation, when required, can have on everyone around you. I am sharing more details in the update below. 

Kanata North Update 

  • This coming Monday at 2 p.m., join Sueling Ching, the President of the Ottawa Board of Trade, Louise Reid, an Empowerment Coach, and me for a Facebook Live discussion. We will be having a candid chat about tips for survival while staying home, the struggles we are facing to keep children entertained, and tips we’ve been using to get by. Bookmark this link to tune in.  
  • Please reach out if you are self-isolating. Over 160 Kanata North neighbours have volunteered to help with groceries, medication pickup, and walking animals. Sign up if you require assistance throughout this time. Please dont take unnecessary risks, we are here to help.  
  • Many local stores are adjusting their hours to support our community’s most vulnerable through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some grocery stores and pharmacies have allotted times for seniors and those with health concerns to shop independently and safely. Here is a list that includes regular store hours and hours for our community’s most vulnerable. Please note that store hours are subject to change as COVID-19 evolves.

Ottawa Public Health/City of Ottawa 

  • Ottawa Public Health remains the best source for updates. Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information. 
  • There are now 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city with 37 cases confirmed today. There are currently 25 people hospitalized and 10 of them are in the ICU.  
  • The City of Ottawa is offering provincially funded emergency child-care services for essential and critical service workers at no cost to families. Starting today, eligible families can apply on ottawa.ca for three centres anticipated to open on Monday, April 13th. The locations of these centres are:  
    • Esther By Child Care Centre (1550 Caldwell Avenue)
      Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Centre Éducatif Tournesol (194 McArthur Road)
      Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Dr. Ernest Couture Child Care Centre (2185 Riverside Drive)
      Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
  • Applications are open for the 2020 Property Tax Hardship Program if you or your business is suffering from the financial impact of COVID-19. Eligible applicants will have their 2020 Interim and Final Property Tax Bill due dates automatically extended to October 30, 2020. You can apply here. 
  • Mayor Watson will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on April 9th at 2 p.m. with city leaders to discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic. Residents are encouraged to tune in on the city’s social platforms or Rogers Television and ask questions they may have.
  • Please note that all parks including equipment and amenities are closed until further notice in response to COVID-19. The reason for the closure includes that parks generally encourage group gatherings (five or more) which can spread the virus. Bylaw has been given the authority to enforce these new rules. Residents who fail to comply with these rules can face fines and/or jail time. Please call 3-1-1 should you witness any of the following:  
    • Gatherings of five or more individuals
    • People congregating in parks or using park facilities or equipment
    • Restaurants that continue to offer dine in services
    • Non-essential retail businesses that are continuing to operate 

Ontario Government 

Today, the Ontario Government provided the following updates regarding their response to the COVID-19 situation:  

  • The Ontario Government has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. This fast and secure access for residents will help ease the pressure on public health units so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19. 
  • The Province issued a new directive and reduced the amount of businesses classified as essential. This new order will be effective as of April 4th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All businesses necessary to produce vital food and healthcare supplies are being excluded from the reduction. Only critical construction projects will continueNew starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue. Business owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m. To 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Saturday and SundayYou can find the new list here.  
  • The Provincial government is issuing a new emergency order to provide public health units the authority and flexibility to make staffing decisions that support their needs while fighting against COVID-19. Public health units, including retirement homes will be able to expand their capacity to implement critical public health functions using volunteers, including the thousands of retired nurses and medical students who have signed up through the province’s website. 
  • The Government released the modelling and projection data that its Command Table has been using to inform their work and brief government on their response to COVID-19This modeling was overseen by the Command Table and developed by several experts at Ontario Health, Public Health Ontario, and Ontario Universities.  
  • The data from these models tells us that: 
    • COVID-19 impacts people of all ages. Those over the age of 60 face the highest risk of severe disease and higher mortality rates. This is why it’s so important to protect seniors. 
    • If no intervention had taken place, there would have been an estimated 300,000 cases of COVID-19. The current measures have reduced this number to 80,000 cases
    • Over the course of the pandemic, between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19 are predicted with current public health measures in place, compared to a total projected 100,000 deaths if no actions were taken. 
    • By taking more measures, the modeling shows that there can be further reduction in the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19. The models show that it can be reduced to 12,500 additional cases and 200 additional deaths by the end of April. 
    • Our hospital system currently has an ICU capacity of 410 beds for COVID-19. There is an additional expected 900 bed capacity, which means that the demand due to COVID-19 can exceed our capacity of ICU beds.  
    • You can see the complete modeling here.  
  • I know that these numbers can be scary but what is clear is that how this outbreak unfolds is in our hands. We can change the outcomes by strictly following the public health measures.  

Federal Government 

Today, the Federal Government shared the following updates:  

  • The Prime Minister announced an investment of $100 million to improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $100 million in funding will be divided as follows:
    • $50 million to Food Banks Canada.
    • $20 million divided evenly between Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and Breakfast Club of Canada.
    • $30 million for local-level organizations who serve people experiencing food insecurity.
  • The Federal Government has signed an agreement with Amazon Canada to help manage the distribution of critical health equipment to the Provinces and Territories in Canada. This includes things like masks, face shields, gowns, ventilators, and test kits. 
  • The Federal Government is expediting the supplementing of the GST credit to help low-income people. Instead of having to wait until May, it will be this month. It will provide qualifying adults up to $300 with $150 for every child.  
  • The Prime Minster will be holding a video conference on Sunday for kids with the Chief Medical Officer of Canada, Dr. Tam. You can submit your questions to the Prime Minister on the CBC Kids website.  
  • The Federal Government has launched its volunteer program. The Government of Canada is working with Provincial and Territorial governments and is seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:  
    • Case tracking and contact tracing.
    • Health system surge capacity. 
    • Surveillance data collection and reporting. 
    • You can find more information on this website.  

Please continue to spread positivity through the COVID-19 pandemic. I know it is helping me continue to push through. Many thanks to all the frontline workers who are working to ensure our community is safe and has the essentials. We would not get through this without you. Please remember that your actions can safe lives and make a real difference in the outcomes of this pandemic.  

Stay safe. 

Stay Healthy 

Please reach out if you need anything.