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April 1, 2021 Update
Letter from your Councillors:
Two important updates for you:
Premier Ford announced that effective 12:01 am Saturday, April 3 all of Ontario is under restrictions but schools will remain open.
The Province has expanded vaccination access for those 55 and older through pharmacies and has included several pharmacies in Oakville.  

The Town COVID page will be updated to reflect these changes.

As we all adjust to what the next month will be, remember together we have flattened a curve before and we can do it again. Wash your hands like a surgeon, wear your mask (properly), practice safe distancing, stay within your household bubble, and limit your in-person shopping to essentials. 

Stay safe to stay well.
Janet and Dave

In addition to Halton Region’s vaccination clinics, the province today announced the following;

Starting April 1, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 55 or older in 2021.
You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. Contact a participating pharmacy near you to book an appointment.
You must:
  • be 55 years old or older in 2021
  • have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card or another form of valid government-issued identification
For a listing of pharmacies offering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines click
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

Only COVID-19 vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective will be approved for use in Ontario. In alignment with updated NACI recommendations, Ontario will not use AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals under 55, while data is being reviewed by Health Canada.

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at pharmacies require an appointment to be made in advance. As of April 3, eligible adults aged 55 and over (if 55 or older as of the day of vaccination or, if will be 55 or older in 2021) who are interested in booking an appointment, can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a participating pharmacy and can contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at primary care settings will expand according to available supply. Appointments are not being taken by request.

Do not call your primary care providers to book an appointment – as of April 3, participating primary care providers in select areas will be reaching out to eligible Ontarians aged 55 or older.
Ontario Enacts Provincewide Emergency Brake

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The province-wide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and will be in place for at least four weeks.

Ontario’s key indicators and latest modeling show that additional measures must be taken. From March 26 to 28, 2021, provincial case rates have increased by 7.7 percent to 101.1 cases per 100,000 people. Current COVID-19 related ICU admissions are already over the peak of wave two and hospitals in regional hotspots will need to further reduce scheduled surgeries. COVID-19 related ICU admissions are projected to exceed 650 beds in a few weeks. These increases are being driven by COVID-19 variants, which are transmitted easily and result in a higher risk of death and hospitalization, including in younger populations.

Measures include:

Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with) and limiting the capacity for outdoor events to a 5-person maximum. Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household;

Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 percent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 percent for all other retailers including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;

Prohibiting personal care services;

Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by takeout, drive-through, and delivery only;

Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions; and 

Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, or ceremonies to 15 percent total occupancy indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services like receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
 
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Councillor Contact Information

Town Councillor Haslett-Theall:

Email:    janet.haslett-theall@oakville.ca
Phone:   289-837-3923

Regional & Town Councillor Gittings:

Email:   dave.gittings@oakville.ca
Phone:  905-844-5513

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Your Ward 3 Councillors,
Dave and Janet
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