Good evening Kanata North,
We are now halfway through another week and it has been a busy one. When I first started these updates, I had no idea how long this situation would go on for or what type of challenges we would face. It has been incredible to see how businesses keep finding innovative ways to help in response of COVID-19 and how neighbours are helping others in our community. It is truly inspiring.
Kanata North Update:
- Join Dr. Vera Etches, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Andrew Falconer, President and CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and me on Wednesday, May 6th at 1 p.m. We will be talking about all things COVID-19 and taking your questions live. I know our community has many important questions. You can submit them ahead of time by posting them in the comment section here. If you’re not on Facebook, you can also follow the conversation and submit questions on my website here. I hope that this is helpful for our community as we navigate the challenges we are all facing during COVID-19. We will be live on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and my website. Make sure to tune in!
- Last week, I told you about the important work our city was doing to help the most vulnerable in our community. This important work continues to move ahead and today I visited the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, which has been converted to a physical distancing centre for men relying on our shelters during COVID-19. This centre will open on Saturday for those who need it.
City of Ottawa/Ottawa Public Health Update:
- Today, Ottawa Public Health confirmed 76 new cases and tragically 5 new deaths. In total there are now 1,297 cases and 76 deaths. There are currently 23 ongoing outbreaks in institutions and 10% of the cases have been hospitalized including 3% in intensive care.
- OPH has been working to monitor and test in nine long-term care homes in Ottawa. With the help of 26 Ottawa Paramedics last weekend, they were able to test over 1,700 residents and healthcare workers in these particularly vulnerable settings.
- We know that asymptomatic transmission can occur. Due to this important additional surveillance in long term care homes, we can expect an increase in the number of detected cases in health care workers and residents. The purpose of this additional testing is to better understand the current state of COVID-19 infections in long-term care homes. OPH is actively working with long-term care homes to ensure that everything that can be done to protect residents and health care workers is done.
- The city has received confirmation that an additional bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. The operator last worked on April 22nd and started experiencing symptoms at the end of their shift. OC Transpo is working directly with OPH and is following their guidance. The risk to commuters remains low and these routes are not in Kanata North.
Here are the updates from the Provincial Government you should know:
- As many of you know, the Provincial Government has closed all childcare facilities, but has been working in the last few weeks across communities to open emergency childcare centers for specific frontline workers. Today, the Provincial Government has expanded that list. The following additional frontline workers can now access emergency childcare services:
- Workers in grocery stores and pharmacies.
- Truck drivers (driver’s license Class A and Class D).
- Workers in the food supply chain, including food processing.
- Workers in retirement homes.
- Auxiliary workers in health care settings, including cooks and cleaning staff in hospitals and long-term care homes.
- Interpreters and intervenors who support people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind.
- Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) emergency personnel.
- Provincial officers and onsite staff in Ontario courts.
- Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence staff working in Ontario.
- Additional workers supporting public safety and correctional services.
Here are the updates you should know from the Federal Government.
- Today Parliament was in session to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. This would operationalize much needed help for students in our communities. This means that students helping in the fight against COVID-19 this summer will soon be eligible for $1,000 to $5,000 through the new Student Service Grant. The government is also doubling student grants for the 2020/2021 year. This is an investment of $9 billion to help students and recent grads. I will share more information on this as it becomes available.
- The Federal Government is also boosting Child Care Benefit payments for many and will supplement the GST credit for lower income individuals.
- Starting this weekend in Nova Scotia, the Canadian Forces snowbirds will head across Canada to salute Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keep an eye out over the skies as you might see them!
- Yesterday, I told you that the Federal Government has released their new models showing that nationally we are trending in the right direction, but more work is needed and we must stay the course. You can now read the presentation yourself here.
I know that the numbers are not decreasing in our city as fast as we would like. I have been in constant communication with OPH and our emergency operations and I know they are working around the clock to try and protect our communities as much as possible. The best way you can do your part is by staying home and respecting physical distancing rules. I know we can all work together and do our part in flattening the curve.
Stay healthy and reach out anytime.