COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 3, 2020
Below you will find today’s updates on the COVID-19 situation.
My team and I are monitoring the situation closely and sharing resources and information here in our daily newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Our goal is to help you have the latest facts at your fingertips during this challenging time.
Please continue to follow updates from Ottawa Public Health.
- Ontario further reduces list of essential businesses following release of new COVID-19 data
- New web portal for public to access their COVID-19 lab test results
- Ottawa’s first COVID-19 Care Clinic opens Monday in Bells Corners
- Emergency child care centres opening for essential workers
- Public Health Units have new staffing powers
- GST credit for low-income Canadians impacted by COVID-19 will arrive a month early
- Reminder: Applications open Monday for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- Internet Connections
- Reminder: Interprovincial Bridge Spot Checks In Place
Ontario Further Reduces List of Essential Businesses Following Release of New COVID-19 Data
- Premier Ford has announced more closures following today’s release of new COVID-19 data for Ontario. The Ontario government has revised the list of essential businesses.
- Stores including those selling hardware products, vehicle parts, pet supplies, and office supplies, and computer products are asked to offer alternates such as curb side pick-up.
- Teleworking, online commerce and other ways of working remotely are permitted and strongly encouraged for all businesses.
- The updated essential businesses list can be found here.
- Official news release here.
- Business-owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
New Web Portal For Public to Access Their COVID-19 Lab Test Results
- The public can now check their COVID-19 lab test results through a new online portal.
- You’ll be asked to verify your identity with the information on your photo health card.
- “The portal will provide patients with their test results and offer guidance on next steps”.
- Official news release.
Ottawa’s First COVID-19 Care Clinic Opens Monday in Bells Corners
- The city’s first COVID-19 Care Clinic is opening Monday at the former D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School in Bells Corners.
- The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day and is being run by the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
- The clinic will assess and treat people who have mild respiratory symptoms -- like cough, fever, and other cold-like symptoms -- regardless of whether they meet the criteria to be swabbed for COVID-19.
- The aim is to help take pressure off doctors' offices and hospital emergency rooms.
- The Queensway Carleton Hospital posted a sneak peak at the clinic here.
Emergency Child Care Centres Opening For Essential Workers
- Three emergency child-care centres are opening in Ottawa to offer child-care services for essential and critical service workers at no cost to families.
- The licensed municipal child-care locations will open at the following locations:
- Esther By Child Care Centre (1550 Caldwell Avenue) – Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
- Centre Éducatif Tournesol (194 McArthur Road) – Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
- Dr. Ernest Couture Child Care Centre (2185 Riverside Drive) – Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 8 pm
Public Health Units Have New Staffing Powers
- The Ontario government has granted Public Health units new powers to recruit volunteers, including the thousands of retired nurses and medical students who have signed up to help with COVID-19 through the province's website.
- The new order, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, allows public health units to override collective agreements to allow for more volunteers to help in unionized facilities.
- Official news release.
- The Federal government is providing a one-time special payment through the GST credit to low-income earners. The payment will average about $400 for singles and $600 for couples.
- The Prime Minister announced this morning that the boost will arrive in bank accounts and mailboxes in the second week of May, one month earlier than planned.
- Those who qualify for the credit will get their regular quarterly payment on April 3, with the additional 100 per cent top up a week later.
- You’re encouraged to visit your bank’s website and enroll for direct deposit if you haven’t already.
- More information here
Reminder: Applications open Monday for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- Applications open on Monday, April 6, for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
- This benefit provides $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to eligible workers (employed or self-employed) who have stopped working due to COVID-19.
- You can apply for the CERB whether or not you are eligible for EI.
- If you’ve already applied for EI, you’re all set up. You don’t need to do anything on April 6.
- Any eligible and unprocessed EI claims dated after March 15 will be automatically folded into the CERB program.
- Starting April 6 there will be a single portal to assist you with the application process.
- To speed up your application, you can do these things right now:
- If you’re receiving the federal government’s wage subsidy through your employer (once that program launches), you can’t receive the emergency benefit. It’s one or the other.
- Scroll down on this page for a helpful QA.
- Due to the recent COVID-19 regulations for everyone to stay home many households are experiencing issues with their internet service from various providers.
- I have received an update from our local Xplornet Dealer, Canada Connex, that Xplornet subscribers in Eastern Ontario can now call them directly for prompt service to avoid waiting on hold with the general Xplornet technical support line.
- You can ask for Arthur Taillon by calling 1-866-977-6658 or directly by email at email@example.com
REMINDER: Interprovincial Bridge Spot Checks In Place
- Residents travelling between Quebec and Ontario are reminded that there is a police presence on the interprovincial bridges and ferry crossings that may cause delays.
- Police will be conducting spot checks and any out-of-province individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed entry into Quebec.
- Gatineau residents showing symptoms will be asked to return home and contact the local public health agency.
- Residents providing essential services will be granted access to the bridges as long as they are not showing symptoms.
- All non-essential visitors will not be authorized to enter Quebec.