Kanata North COVID-19 Update April 16

Good evening Kanata North, 

With a little snow in the forecast today, I stayed warm in my home with my first Hydro Ottawa Board Meeting (via Google Meets) and a great Facebook Live discussion with the leaders behind the Kanata Food Cupboard.  Im signing off now for some time with my family tonight but wanted to share some important updates from today, particularly from the Federal Government. 

Kanata North Update: 

  • You may have seen my latest update on the Kanata North Nuisance Mosquito program. If you missed it, you can read it here. The program will restart this week with several improvements made for this year. More importantly, I have confirmed with Ottawa Public Health that there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitoes due to it being a respiratory virus. GDG has also worked with Ottawa Public Health to ensure that the highest health and safety standards are being followed while out in our community.   
  • The Kanata North Business Association launched a $200,000 fund to support small businesses going through digital transformation. This fund is for immediate needs to support businesses through this challenging time. This is a significant contribution from the business association’s own budget, and I encourage everyone to share and read more about this fund here.  
  • We now have over 200 volunteers signed up to help our neighbours in our community. It’s so great to see so many residents step up to help. Special thank you to all the volunteers who are making masks for the vulnerable in our community. If you’re in need of a mask, please reach out through my website and we will get you one as quickly as we can.  
  • Today, I spoke with Cara-Leigh and Dylan from the Kanata Food Cupboard to discuss the support they are offering to our community. Watch our chat for more information here. If you want to help, you can donate funds online, or food at local grocery stores, or to the Kanata Food Cupboard Warehouse location (340 Legget Drive, Door #46). Bins are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you need assistance, please call 613 836-7847 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 12 pm to register for our services. 

City of Ottawa/Ottawa Public Health Update 

  • Ottawa Public Health has shared that there are 678 COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, including the additional 35 confirmed today. Tragically, there have been 14 deaths in our city. 14 percent of cases have been hospitalized with 5 per cent in intensive care. 
  • In the last two days, the Province has expanded its criteria for individuals eligible for testing for COVID-19. Ottawa Public Health has now updated their website to reflect these changes to the testing criteria and you can see this hereThis will allow for testing more individuals in our community – an important step as we combat COVID-19.  
  • This coming Monday, April 20th at 2:30pm, I will be participating in the city’s media availability as we provide an update on the city’s response. I will be speaking about the great work being done by the Human Needs Taskforce. This is crucial work that city staff have undertaken to ensure that the proper supports are in place for everyone in our city. You can tune in on Monday here. 
  • Today, we received confirmation that a bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. The operator last worked on April 11 and may have been experiencing symptoms as early as April 10. OC Transpo is working with OPH to ensure that proper contract tracing is done to identify individuals who have, or may have been, in close contact with the employee. The risk to commuters is very low. The operator was onboard three buses and one train on the key dates, serving the following routes: 
    • April 10, 2020
      • Route 14: 8 am Tunney’s Pasture to St-Laurent Station 8:43 am 
      • Route 14: 9 am St-Laurent Station to Tunney’s Pasture 9:51 am 
      • Route 14: 10:10 am Tunney’s Pasture to St-Laurent Station 11:03 am 
      • Route 14: 11:23 am St-Laurent Station to Tunney’s Pasture 12:17 pm 
      • Route 14: 12:25 pm Tunney’s Pasture to St-Laurent Station 1:18 pm 
      • Route 14: 1:33 pm St-Laurent Station to Tunney’s Pasture 2:28 pm 
      • Route 14: 2:40 pm Tunney’s Pasture to St-Laurent Station 3:33 pm 
      • Route 14: 3:48 pm St-Laurent Station to Tunney’s Pasture 4:43 pm 
      • Route 14: 4:55 pm Tunney’s Pasture to St-Laurent Station 5:47 pm 
    • April 11, 2020
      • Route 62: 7:47 am Tunney’s Pasture Station to Terry Fox Park & Ride 8:19 am 
      • Route 62: 8:27 am Terry Fox Park & Ride to Tunney’s Pasture 8:58 am 
      • Route 74: 9:04 am Tunney’s Pasture Station to Riverview Park & Ride 9:42 am 
      • Route 74: 9:45 am Riverview Park & Ride to Tunney’s Pasture Station 10:21 am 
      • Route 75: 10:29 am Tunney’s Pasture Station to Barrhaven Centre 10:56 am 
      • Route 75: 11:01 am Barrhaven Centre to Tunney’s Pasture Station 11:29 am 
      • Route 75: 11:44 am Tunney’s Pasture Station to Minto Recreation Centre 12:25 pm 
      • Route 75: 12:30 pm Minto Recreation Centre to Tunney’s Pasture 1:12 pm 
      • Route 62: 1:17 pm Tunney’s Pasture Station to Terry Fox Park & Ride 1:52 pm 
      • Route 62: 1:57 pm Terry Fox Park & Ride to Tunney’s Pasture Station 2:29 pm 
      • Route 75: 2:44 pm Tunney’s Pasture to Minto Recreation Centre 3:25 pm 
      • Route 75: 3:30 pm Minto Recreation Centre to Tunney’s Pasture Station 4:12 pm 
      • Route 62: 4:17 pm Tunney’s Pasture Station to Terry Fox Park & Ride 4:52 pm 
      • Route 62: 4:57 pm Terry Fox Park & Ride to Tunney’s Pasture Station 5:28 pm  
    • The individual was a passenger on the O-Train Line 1: 5:40 pm Tunney’s Pasture to St. Laurent Station 6:00 pm 
    • The individual was a passenger on the Route 40: 6:12 pm St. Laurent Station to 1500 St-Laurent 6:15 pm 

Provincial Update 

Here is the latest information form the Ontario Government 

  • The Ontario government has expanded hospital capacity in preparation for any COVID-19 outbreak scenarios. The province has added 1,035 acute care beds and 1,492 critical care beds and is taking steps to ensure hospitals are staffed in case there is a sudden surge in patients. The additional beds bring the total of acute care beds to 20,354 with potential for an additional 4,205 beds by April 30, 2020. Of Ontario’s 3,504 critical care beds, 2,811 are now equipped with ventilators, up from 1,319 when the outbreak first started. 
  • Additional measures in preparation for the possible surge in the need for hospital capacity include: 
    • Redeploying surgical nursing staff who can now work with medicine units. 
    • Sharing highly trained emergency department and intensive care unit nursing staffs across units.
    • Sharing physician resources across hospitals in a given region. 
    • Recruiting family doctors to complete shifts within a hospital. 
    • Recruiting retirees, including nursing and support services. 
  • The Ontario government is allowing auto insurance companies to provide temporary insurance premium rebates to drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This modification would permit insurance companies to provide auto insurance premium rebates to consumers for up to 12 months after the declared emergency has ended. 
  • Please remember, you are not alone. If you are an Ontario resident that needs help finding food banks, mental health resources, or financial relief programs, please dial 211. They will point you in the right direction. 

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Federal Update 

The Federal Government provided these important updates today:  

  • This morning, the Prime Minister spoke with the other G7 leaders to discuss the pandemic. Together, world leaders are working to support international efforts to develop a vaccine, expand treatment, increase testing, and ensure that critical medical supplies get to the frontlines.  
  • To support small businesses during the pandemic, the Canadian Government has developed new measures that include: 
    • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. This new range will replace the previous one of between $50,000 and $1 million and will help address the challenges faced by small businesses to cover non-deferrable operating costs. 
    • Most importantly, the Canadian Government is introducing the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the Federal Government and Provincial and Territorial Governments, which are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. More details on this program will be available soon. I know, this is a welcome development. I have heard from many of you that this was an area that was incredibly hard to manage.  
  • The Federal Government continues to work with Provinces and Territories to see what more can be done to support them in the response to COVID-19, including the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces to some areas of Canada. This collaboration is important as all levels of government continue to take a Team Canada approach to fighting COVID-19.  

Thank you for continuing to do your part Kanata North. We must stay diligent. Please stay home and stay healthy. Reach out anytime if you need anything. Your community is here to help.