COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MARCH 20TH, 2020
Below you will find the latest daily update from my office regarding COVID-19.
Ottawa Public Health continues to update their website with timely information as well. We encourage everyone to monitor the Ottawa Public Health’s website for the latest information.
As always, please reach out if you have any concerns or need assistance.
I would like to express my greatest appreciation for all the Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, Firefighters, Police Officers, Grocery Store Staff, Bank Tellers and so many others who continue to serve the public during this difficult time. We are eternally grateful for your never-ending and selfless service in our community. You are an example for all of us.
IN THIS UPDATE
- Key contacts for reliable, accurate and up to date information.
- Ontario government announces e-learning for students.
- Federal government calls on manufacturers and businesses to help Canada meet the need for medical supplies.
- Ward updates.
OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE
- As of this afternoon, Ottawa has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4 indeterminate cases.
- Ottawa Public Health remains the best source for all COVID-19 updates. Please visit their website for up-to-date information.
- Fraud notice: Unfortunately, there are reports of calls being made to residents posing as Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and asking for credit card information. Please note that OPH (or any health unit) will not ask you for credit card information. Do not give your credit card information out. I encourage you to report it to Ottawa Police Services.
- I know many of you will be returning from international travel back to our community. If this is you, this guide by OPH is essential reading. There’s no reason to not follow OPH instructions. We must all do our part.
- If you’ve recently tested positive or are in the process of being tested for COVID-19, please read this guide.
- If you’ve been instructed to self-isolate and are unsure what to do, please read this guide.
I can appreciate that the recent developments in Ottawa may have heightened the anxiety and worry that many of us might be feeling. I know there is a lot of information out there and it is important that you have the latest facts at your fingertips. It is also crucial that our community not spread misinformation. Here is a list of important and credible sources of information:
Ottawa Public Health
Ontario Ministry of Health
Health Canada / Public Health Agency of Canada
Key Phone numbers
- Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
- Ottawa Public health: 613-580-6744*
- *Please only call this number if you are:
- Healthcare providers who are seeking or reporting information
- Residents who have travelled to Hubei province (China), Iran or Italy
- Residents who have recently travelled outside of Canada, including the United States of America, and are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) such as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
- Residents who have been in close contact with someone who has recently travelled abroad and are starting to experience symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) such as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO UPDATE
- Today, the Provincial Government announced the launch of e-learning for students while schools are closed due to COVID-19. More details Learn-at-home are available here.
- Ontario is reporting 50 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total in the province to 308. That's the largest single-day increase in new cases.
- The Province has extended the validity for drivers’ licences, licence plate stickers, health cards, and other documents that expired as of March 1st, 2020. This reduces the need for in-person visits to Service Ontario.
- The enforcement of residential evictions has also been suspended until further notice.
- Ontario’s businesses are no longer impacted by municipal noise by-laws that may unintentionally impact deliveries of urgent groceries and medicines. You can read more about these changes here.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATE
- Today the federal government announced a plan to have companies quickly produce medical equipment to cope with the COVID-19 situation across Canada.
- From the Prime Minister: “If you’re a company that’s already making medical supplies, we’ll help you scale up and increase your capacity. And if you’re a company that usually makes something else, we’ll help you buy new equipment so you can make things like masks, ventilators, and hand sanitizer.”
- Details on today’s announcement is available here.
- The Prime Minister also repeated a request from public-health officials for people to practice “social distancing” as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Asked if the government is considering an order for everyone to remain at home, similar to one issued in California, the Prime Minister said the government is looking at all possible measures.
MANOTICK VILLAGE COMMUNITY
As a rural Village, Manotick has seen community crisis before. During this time of COVID19 and the need to keep a distance from others and to limit the spread of this virus, our residents are once again stepping up to help out.
Your Manotick Village and Community Association has set up a Facebook group to connect residents who need assistance with those available to help. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2667879116613671/
If you need help in getting supplies, you can post a request. If you are able to help out, you can post your offer to help and outline what you can do.
The group also features updates on what local businesses are doing for those who are self-isolating or maintaining a six foot social distance. Early shopping hours for seniors and bringing goods to your car are just two ways that our businesses are making it easier to get what you need.
If you are not on Facebook, you can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post the request for you.
RIDEAU VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
Risk water levels
Levels in Lake Ontario influence levels in the upper St. Lawrence River, particularly from Kingston to Iroquois, including Maitland, Johnstown and Cardinal.
Recent precipitation along with its associated snowmelt may increase water levels and cause flooding along the shoreline or in low lying areas.
Residents are also advised that strong winds may cause large waves, further aggravating water levels which may affect structures close to shore.
Residents are advised to exercise caution when near rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows and cause slippery banks. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
- Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it
- Portable backup generator and pump
- Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from the dwelling
- Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase
- Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
- Keep emergency phone numbers handy
- Familiarize yourself with your municipality’s emergency preparedness plan
Please continue to contact me directly at George.Darouze@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2490 if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and stay healthy Ward 20!
Osgoode Ward Councillor / Deputy Mayor