16TH EDITION COVID-19 UPDATE

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 6, 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.

 

NEW TODAY

  • Ottawa will remain in a state of emergency until June 30
  • Warning phase is over; 43 tickets issued over the weekend
  • Families can now apply for one-time payment of $200 for each child 12 and under
  • The latest on wearing masks
  • Ontario’s Agri-food sector is hiring; visit new web portal
  • The Royal is offering virtual mental health care
  • Telephone support line for families of babies, up to 3 months
  • Applications now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
  • Ottawa’s first COVID-19 Care Clinic opened today in Bells Corners
  • O-YA's Virtual Youth Centre
  • Donation Bins - Diabetes Canada

 

Ottawa Will Remain In A State of Emergency Until June 30

 

Warning Phase Is Over; 43 Tickets Issued Over The Weekend

  • Ottawa by-law officers have started handing out fines because people continue to disobey Ontario's physical distancing rules.
  • By-law officers dealt with 500+ complaints over the weekend and issued 43 tickets. This includes fines in parks, a barber shop that was still open, and a pub serving drinks.
  • The fine for failing to comply with the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is $750, plus a victim surcharge that brings the total to $880.
  • Bylaw Services officers have the power to issue tickets related to:
    • Gatherings of five or more people in public or private residences
    • People congregating in parks/using park facilities or equipment
    • Restaurants that continue to offer dine-in services
    • Non-essential retail businesses continuing to operate
  • Residents are asked to call 3-1-1 if they have concerns.
     

 

Families Can Now Apply For One-Time Payment of $200 For Each Child 12 And Under

  • If you’re a parent of a young, or special needs child, you can now apply for a one-time direct support payment from the Ontario government:
    • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
    • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
  • APPLY HERE
  • The website notes: “If you are a parent who is already receiving Support for Parents payments through direct deposit, you will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application.”
  • Official news release here.

 

The Latest on Wearing Masks

  • In her daily update today, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that wearing a non-medical mask, even if you have no symptoms, is an extra step you can take to protect others around you. A non-medical mask won't protect the person who is wearing it.
  • Dr. Tam recommends wearing non-medical masks on public transit or when getting groceries and says Canadians can use materials they have at home such as cotton shirts, sheets and bandanas.
  • Medical masks MUST be kept for health workers.
  • Premier Doug Ford echoed this today, saying non-medical masks are "a good idea" -- even a "makeshift one at home" but he stressed that people should not use up medical supplies.

 

Ontario’s agri-food sector is hiring; visit new web portal

  • There is a new web portal for potential employees to connect with employers in the agri-food sector in an effort to keep grocery store shelves full during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Visit Ontario.ca/AgFoodJobs for access to information on job opportunities and training resources in all parts of Ontario’s food supply chain.
     

The Royal is offering virtual mental health care

  • To help people cope with the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is offering a temporary virtual clinic (C-PROMPT Urgent Care Clinic) to provide mental health assessments, medication, and short-term psychotherapy.
  • See the website for more information including a referral form.

 

Telephone support line for families of babies, up to 3 months

  • Due to the decreased support in community related to COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health has established a telephone support line for families of babies, up to 3 months.
  • To speak directly to a public health nurse call 613-580-2424 ext 23774
  • Details here

 

Applications now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

  • Applications opened today for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – a $2,000/month benefit for 4 months to eligible workers who’ve stopped working due to COVID-19.   
  • See this helpful QA.  
  • To reduce the strain on the system, the government is asking Canadians to apply based on birth month:
    • Mondays: those born in January, February and March
    • Tuesdays: those born in April, May and June
    • Wednesdays: those born in July, August or September
    • Thursdays: those born in October, November or December
    • Friday-Sunday: open to everyone
  • As of NOON today, 300,000 people had applied for the CERB.
  • If applying by phone, call the toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019.
  • The Prime Minister said there will be adjustments to the program in the coming days to include people such as gig workers, contractors and volunteer firefighters who work 10 or fewer hours per week. He also said there would be support for those who continue to work but are making less than they would through CERB, such as home care workers or people caring for vulnerable seniors in long-term care facilities.
     

 

Ottawa’s first COVID-19 Care Clinic opened today in Bells Corners

  • The city’s first COVID-19 Care Clinic is now open at the former D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School in Bells Corners.
  • The clinic is 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.

 

O-YA's Virtual Youth Centre

While O-YA's building has to be closed due to COVID-19, we have have created a Virtual Youth Centre to continue to offer support, provide resources and maintain a sense of connection with Osgoode Ward youth during this crisis.
 

Monday, April 6, 2020
Emily’s Close Up Photo Challenge
Each week, Emily will post a Close Up Photo of an item in Osgoode Village on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram (@oyacentre). Think you know what it is? Go find it! Take a selfie in front of the item and submit it to O-YA (Facebook or Instagram message or email). The first 5 people to guess correctly get a 'porch delivered' prize! Please make sure you are practicing physical distancing while looking for this week's object. This is an activity that is meant to be done alone as part of your daily physical activity. If you see others while you are out, make sure to stay 6 feet away.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Lindsay’s Peter Update
Wondering what's going on with O-YA's pet rabbit Peter? Wonder no more! Every Tuesday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram (@oyacentre), Lindsay will post a cute video and/or picture of Peter and what's going on in his life during this time of self-isolation.

Zoom Teen Drop In (for Grades 7 - 12)
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm 
Meeting Password: 392265
Link: https://zoom.us/j/242624070?pwd=dEl0MDhJZ0dtb0NwL1czRVB1dDJpUT09
Meeting ID: 242-624-070
Details: You need a Zoom account to join (it's free!). You will need to enter the password to gain entry to the Zoom Meeting. There is a Waiting Room for all of O-YA's Zoom meetings, and you will need Carley's approval before you before you will be able to join. Your Zoom ID needs to be your name. If you are not a past O-YA participant, you are still welcome to join, but please email carley@o-ya.ca in advance.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Carley’s Staying Healthy Message
Every Wednesday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram (@oyacentre), Carley will post a message about keeping your mind and body healthy during these uncertain times. All information posted with be youth-friendly and from a reliable source.

Joe’s 'Wow Me Wednesday' Video
Every Wednesday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram (@oyacentre), Joe will post a 'Wow Me Wednesday' video with a fun sports related challenge for youth!

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Carley's Funny Photo / Video Challenge
Every Wednesday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram (@oyacentre), Carley will challenge youth to post a funny photo or video with a new theme each week!

O-YA Workout Zoom with Carley & Lindsay!
Time: 1 pm - 1:30 pm
Meeting Password: 331780 
Link: https://zoom.us/j/8822681581?pwd=bG10dnBTSWg3MVl0OWVYSUhRRERHZz09
Meeting ID: 882-268-1581
Details: You need a Zoom account to join (it's free!). You will need to enter the password to gain entry to the Zoom Meeting. There is a Waiting Room for all of O-YA's Zoom meetings, and you will need Carley's approval before you before you will be able to join. Your Zoom ID needs to be your name. If you are not a past O-YA participant, you are still welcome to join, but please email carley@o-ya.ca in advance.

After School Zoom Meet Up (ONLY for current participants and volunteers of O-YA's After School Homework Club)
Time: 3 pm
Meeting Password: 239112
Link: https://zoom.us/j/651797710?pwd=ZngySjRhNWg1SXBtS2JxNnBqZmtPQT09
Meeting ID: 651-797-710
Details: You need a Zoom account to join (it's free!). You will need to enter the password to gain entry to the Zoom Meeting. There is a Waiting Room for all of O-YA's Zoom meetings, and you will need Carley's approval before you before you will be able to join. Your Zoom ID needs to be your name. 

Friday, April 10, 2020
Zoom Teen Drop In (for Grades 7 - 12)
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm 
Meeting Password: 392265
Link: https://zoom.us/j/242624070?pwd=dEl0MDhJZ0dtb0NwL1czRVB1dDJpUT09
Meeting ID: 242-624-070
Details: You need a Zoom account to join (it's free!). You will need to enter the password to gain entry to the Zoom Meeting. There is a Waiting Room for all of O-YA's Zoom meetings, and you will need Carley's approval before you before you will be able to join. Your Zoom ID needs to be your name. If you are not a past O-YA participant, you are still welcome to join, but please email carley@o-ya.ca in advance.

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Lindsay’s Mindfulness & Self Care
Every Saturday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram (@oyacentre), Lindsay will post a message about mindfulness & self care healthy during these uncertain times. All information posted with be youth-friendly and from a reliable source.

As the O-YA building is currently closed, please direct all inquires to:
info@o-ya.ca,
nicole@o-ya.ca or
carley@o-ya.ca

O-YA's website is always open for more information:
http://www.o-ya.ca/

 

Donation Bins - Diabetes Canada

Our donation bins are overflowing, and some are becoming garbage dumps.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and crucial physical distancing orders by governments that non-essential services be stopped, the pick-up of all textile donations by Diabetes Canada from homes and donation bins across Canada stopped on March 23. This also resulted in the temporary lay-off of more than 500 staff who manage our donation bin service.

Sadly, some residents continue to drop off donations at our bins even though we cannot empty them at this time; and some individuals are using Diabetes Canada donation bins to dump garbage and more. This is posing a serious health and safety issue. We have contacted government agencies to help us to remove the garbage however we have not yet been successful. We simply do not have the financial resources to deploy staff to clean the garbage around our more than 5,000 bins.

We are urging you to contact your local provincial/municipal elected officials and local media to apprise them of this serious issue and request that they help inform the public to immediately stop leaving donations or dumping at donation bins. We need your help to get this message out to government authorities and the media.

You can access a list of your provincial elected officials by clicking ​Ontario MPPs