COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 7, 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.
- Statement from Dr. Etches
- Summary of supports available during COVID-19
- Watch City Council meeting tomorrow
- Participate in Thursday’s virtual town hall on COVID-19
- Ontario launches online portal to hire more health-care workers
- ONroute offering truckers free coffee tomorrow
- The Easter Bunny declared an essential service
- NROCRC Update
- Manotick Village and Community Association
- Fire Station Check List
Statement from Dr.Etches
Dr. Vera Etches of Ottawa Public Health issued a video statement today. The statement was a reminder of a few important messages:
- Avoid leaving your home for non-essential reasons.
- Playgrounds and parks are off-limits except to walk through.
- Adults 70+ should self-isolate and only leave home for medical appointments. Call 311 if you need help with errands.
- Try to stay active and connected (virtually) to others.
- The Distress Centre of Ottawa can provide mental health support 613-238-3311.
You can access the video and full statement on YouTube here
Updated list of supports available during COVID-19
- The City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force, together with Ottawa Public Health, have prepared a summary of the financial resources, community resources, mental health resources, and online educational supports available during this challenging time. Click to view the document here.
Tune in for City Council meeting tomorrow
- The next City Council meeting will take place tomorrow at 10 am.
- You can watch the meeting live on the Ottawa City Council YouTube Channel, on RogersTV Cable 22, or on the RogersTV Website.
- The meeting will be held via teleconference to respect the need for physical distancing.
- The agenda is available here.
Participate in Thursday’s virtual town hall on COVID-19
- This Thursday, April 9, tune in at 2 pm for a City of Ottawa virtual town hall meeting.
- All residents are invited to join in for an update on community issues and to ask questions about how the city is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For more information and to learn how to join click here.
Ontario launches online portal to hire more health-care workers
- The Ontario government is recruiting more health care workers to fight COVID-19.
- There is a new online portal to match health care workers with employers.
- Health care professionals and employers can visit the portal here and create a profile.
- Once registered, professionals can add their availability and employers can enter their request for support.
- Registrants will receive an email notification if matched.
- Here is the link to the new portal
- Official news release here
ONroute offering truckers free coffee tomorrow
- To thank truckers for being out on the road and working to maintain our supply chains, while many of the rest of us are at home because of COVID-19, all 23 ONroute locations across Ontario are giving away free coffee to truckers tomorrow.
The Easter Bunny declared an essential service
- While government officials have warned against family gatherings this Easter weekend, that doesn’t mean the Easter Bunny can’t pass out goodies across the province.
- Premier Doug Ford declared the Easter Bunny as an essential service provider, bringing some levity during a trying time for many across the country.
- The order says the Easter Bunny is authorized to deliver Easter chocolate, candy and any other treats to Ontario children this weekend.
- However, the Easter Bunny will not be able to provide any treats in parks, playgrounds or any other recreational areas that have been closed off due to social distancing.
Manotick Village and Community Association
- The Manotick Village and Community Association has been playing a small role in helping to share information and connect volunteers with individuals who need help getting food and essentials. We have revamped our web site and added a special COVID19 page which features key information from the City and links to other sources such as Ottawa Public Health.
- We have also set up a Facebook group to connect residents who need assistance with those available to help. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2667879116613671/
- The Facebook group features updates on what local businesses are doing for those who are self-isolating or those who need to get essentials. 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. ROSSS is also delivering groceries to seniors or persons who have disabilities. If you would like their assistance, please phone: 613-692-4697 ext 241
FIRE STATION CHECK LIST