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MPP Report ~ April 2020

Just the other day health experts indicated together the numbers of new cases of COVID-19 may well have peaked in Ontario. It appears our Province is trending toward a best case scenario rather than the worst case scenario presented to us in the March modelling.
 
To build on this hopeful news, the Ontario Government continues to take decisive actions based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts. The Government released updated COVID-19 modelling, which shows measures such as staying home and physically distancing from each other are working to contain the spread of the virus. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has stated emergency measures must remain in place to continue reducing the number of cases and deaths. So, it remains critical that Ontarians maintain their physical distancing practices. We must continue to do our part – and hope that soon we may begin to transition towards "a new normal.”

It is still unclear when current business and social restrictive measures will change in Ontario. Stay informed of the most comprehensive updates from Provincial officials on the Government of Ontario website, refreshed every day at 10:30 a.m.  Here is the direct link: Government of Ontario.



For your further information, stay informed of the latest local health updates from Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches: Ottawa Public Health. The Federal Government also has important information: Government of Canada.
 
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Please continue to do your part by staying at home and practicing physical distancing. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Take the necessary precautions to keep you, your loved ones and our community safe.

If you feel unwell (cough, fever, breathing difficulties), take Ontario's interactive self-assessment tool. The tool guides individuals through a series of questions and, based on their responses, users are provided clear direction on what action to take. These next steps could include directions such as: continue to practice social distancing; self-isolate; call a primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000; or in the case of symptoms such as severe difficulty breathing or severe chest pain, call 911

For residents in Kanata and West Carleton, visit the Information and Resources Page on my MPP website where you can find contact coordinates for COVID-19 information and services in our community. Here is the link: Information and Resources Page.
[Photos – Above: one of the daily Ontario Government telecasts. Below: Premier, Minister of Health, and myself in a teleconference meeting relating to seniors services and long-term care.]
 
Through April, I have been at Queen's Park in Toronto, with the Premier and Minister of Health, conveying to Ontarians the latest news about the Province’s health care and long term care issues. FYI: the Province has added 1,035 acute care beds and 1,492 critical care beds and has taken steps to ensure hospitals have the staff available to care for a sudden surge in COVID-19 patients in every region of Ontario. Ontario now has a total of 20,354 acute care beds with a potential for an additional 4,205 more acute care beds by April 30th. Of Ontario’s 3,504 critical care beds, 2,811 are now equipped with ventilators, up from 1,319 when the outbreak first started.
 
Long-term care homes are the front-line of the fight against COVID-19 around the globe. Ontario is no different, and we are taking necessary steps to protect those most at risk. The COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes consolidates actions taken to date and adds new measures to prevent further outbreaks and deaths in our long-term care homes. The Government is ramping up:
  • aggressive testing, screening, and surveillance
  • outbreak management and the spread of disease
  • growing our heroic long-term care workforce, as fast as possible
Every option is on the table and additional measures will be taken as we address this fast-changing pandemic. Learn more about this action plan here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-ramping-up-protection-for-long-term-care.html
We have good news stories in Kanata-Carleton about local businesses contributing to the efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Above photo: Kanata high tech company Spartan Bioscience is now participating on the front-lines in producing its Spartan Cube, which can test DNA and detect the novel coronavirus in as little as half an hour. Congratulation and THANK YOU to CEO Paul Lem and the Spartan team.

Below photo: In Constance Bay, THANK YOU to milkman Daniel Leger who is on “a mission of mercy” to get to shut-ins in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniel is the 5th generation Leger in the dairy business and he says “it’s more than a job, it’s a passion.” Your Community Voice did a great article on this wonderful story.

Our local food banks need your help. The Kanata Food Cupboard http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/ remains open but it has moved to an emergency service hamper model. Place donations in bins outside of the warehouse (340 Legget Drive) and visit the website for donation suggestions.
 
The West Carleton Food Access Centre, located at the West Carleton Community Complex, continues to update and change our services depending on the emerging needs that we are seeing in the community. Call 613-832-5685 or email at wcfoodaid@gmail.com for more information. 
 
Also, Ottawa Public Health has prepared an excellent online resource highlighting guidelines for Food Banks, Food Premises, Retail Stores, Multi-Unit Dwellings, and more. Visit: 
https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/professionals-and-partners/covid-19-resources.aspx

The Ontario Government launched a toll-free line to provide support to businesses who have questions about the province's emergency order to close at-risk workplaces. Do you have questions about how emergency measures are impacting your business? Call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line available 7-days a week, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
The current measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 are having a strain on local businesses. I encourage everyone to support our Kanata and West Carleton business community. You can help by ordering their goods and services on-line, getting take out meals, and buying gift cards for future use.

Through the months of May and June I will be promoting a "Buy Local" awareness campaign, working with local businesses and community organizations to help with the re-opening of our business community. We are all in this together and we will see our business community through this period. 
We received very good news this past week when water levels began decreasing along the Ottawa River. An early melt and seasonal precipitation resulted in favourable spring conditions across the watershed. Authorities have reported that, at this time, dams are being operated to reach summer settings and lakes are approaching their summer target levels. Based on current forecasts, no flooding is expected and flows should continue to recede. More information can be found on the Ottawa River Regulating Committee website at http://ottawariver.ca/forecasts/

[Photo above is from April 2019 - thankfully this is a scene we will not experience this Spring!] 
Getting outdoors and active is good for your physical and mental well-being. Through this period of physically distancing, I have been so thankful for the companionship of our family dogs. When I am not in Toronto, I get out for daily walks in the neighbourhood.
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