24th Edition Covid-19 Update

 

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 20, 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.

 

NEW TODAY

  • Statement on Nova Scotia Tragedy
  • COVID-19 resources in 30+ languages
  • Support for rural and isolated seniors
  • Physical distancing is working – new Ontario projections
  • Canada-U.S. border closed for at least another 30 days
  • Research funding for a COVID-19 vaccine
  • COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group
  • Trans-Northern Pipeline Inc. scheduled work
  • Garbage Collection
  • Graveyard Maintenance
  • O-YA Virtual Youth Centre

 

Statement on the Nova Scotia Tragedy

My heart goes out to the people of Nova Scotia. Yesterday’s tragic events are incomprehensible. Many families are grieving the loss of a loved one, including the RCMP family mourning a fallen officer. All flags at Ottawa City Hall are at half-mast in solidarity with the people of Nova Scotia. The news about this devastating event might be hard for many to see. That's completely normal. If anyone needs help, you can find resources in our community that can help you here. The Distress Centre of Ottawa is there 24/7 at 613-238-3311. Council will observe a moment of silence Wednesday.

 

COVID-19 resources in 30+ languages

 

Support for Rural and Isolated Seniors

  • Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force is working hard with Councillors in rural wards to identify gaps and needs among rural seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A large gap identified has been a lack of knowledge of the supports and services available.
  • In response, we have worked with the City to mail out a postcard with supports and services throughout our ward.
  • If you haven’t received your postcard yet, you can expect it in your mailbox this week.
  • Going forward, the Human Needs Task Force and the Red Cross will continue to work with rural community partners to identify residents who could benefit from wellness phone calls.
  • The Champlain Community Support Network developed a centralized community support website for seniors and adults with disabilities.
  • You will also find resources for seniors on our COVID-19 information hub here.  

 

Physical distancing is working – New Ontario projections

  • Ontario health officials released new modelling data today.
  • The data shows that the steps we’ve taken – including physical distancing – are working.
  • Community spread of COVID-19 in Ontario appears to have peaked now, as opposed to in May as predicted earlier.
  • The data also shows that spread in long-term care homes and other congregate settings is growing.
  • Premier Ford said we're not out of the woods yet -- far from it. The Premier said the virus remains a clear and present danger and physical distancing measures must be maintained.
  • For the Official news release click here.
  • This afternoon Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa:
    • Dr. Etches noted that "we don't have a lot of evidence of a peak in Ottawa" and said the number of cases continues to rise.
    • The doctor said the good news is hospitalizations are almost flat, so that gives a sense that yes, we're in a period where we can possibly see a decrease in new cases.

 

 

COVID-19 Testing Updates

 

 

Canada-U.S. border closed for at least another 30 days

  • At a press conference Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada-U.S. border measures will be extended for another 30 days.

     

Research funding for a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Premier Doug Ford announced $20 million in research funding for a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.
  • There are multiple Canadian teams currently working on a vaccine.
  • "The hard fact is, until we find a vaccine, going back to normal means putting lives at risk," Ford said. "The world needs a vaccine, and there's no reason why that vaccine can't be found right here in Ontario."
  • Official news release.

 

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group

  • During his briefing yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is working to address the struggles faced by those living with disabilities and their care takers.
  • The Prime Minister noted last week’s launch of the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group.
  • The group is addressing key issues like equal access to health care and information as well as support on jobs and income.
  • We’ll share more details as we have them.

 

Trans-Northern Pipeline Inc.

The pipeline has schedule maintenance work to start this week, April 21st and April 22nd, 2020. The work will be in the area of South Side of Marionville Road and East of Yorks Corners Road.

Flaggers and Signage will be on site, Minimum traffic impact is expected.If you have any question or concerns you can go to https://tnpi.ca/

 

Garbage Collection

This week the garbage collection will delayed a day please check the website ottawa.ca/collectioncalendar to confirm​ your area pick up. Below are Zone 4 pickups.

 

Graveyard Maintenance 

If these questions have crossed your mind about graveyard maintenance or planting in graveyards, I have an answer for you.

  1.  Will the public be allowed to visit graveyards to do maintenance?
  2.  Will By-Law issue fines if it is more than one person attending the grave site and/or the graveyard at one time?
  3.  Are you allowed to plant at the gravestone, is it one person (family) at a time?

Yes, people in groups, not more than 5 from the same immediate family will be permitted to plant flowers at cemeteries. Please keep in mind social distancing from other families maintaining and planting at other grave sites.

 

O-YA Virtual Youth Centre

Monday, April 20, 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. Any pictures where you are too close to the item, or touching the item, will be disqualified.

Tuesday, April 21, 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.
Cardio Drumming Zoom with Sarah Cimetta
Time: 2 pm
Meeting Password: 367027
Link: https://zoom.us/j/91299073018?pwd=SGphdDVsMUZJQ0ZDU0FxUVd6anhXZz09
Meeting ID: 912-9907-3018
Details: A very special thank you to Sarah Cimetta this week for joining O-YA to host a Virtual Cardio Drumming class! Don't worry about having the right equipment; at the start of class, Sarah will help you gather things from around your house to use. This class should be really fun!
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 22, 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 23, 2020
Emily's Photo Class; Lesson Two (Subject / Background)
Join O-YA's resident Photo Expert and Youth Worker Emily Dozois as she teaches her tips and tricks for upping your photo game! Emily has created a 7 week Online Photo Class geared for youth, and Week 2 (Subject / Background) is launching today! Emily's classes will be filled with tips and tricks for taking great photos (with a camera, photo or tablet) presented in a style that is youth friendly and at a level that will be very easy for youth in Grades 2 - 12 to follow and participate in.
You can view Weeks 1 & 2 on O-YA's YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwzkA6h5zH0

Friday, April 24, 2020
After School Zoom Meet Up 

(ONLY for current participants and volunteers of O-YA's After School Homework Club)
Time: 2 pm
Meeting Password: 989857
Link:  https://zoom.us/j/98478779846?pwd=MkJsZUx4WDJHVHR4eXNzcFRPTWpWZz09
Meeting ID: 984-7877-9846
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.
Zoom Teen Drop In (for Grades 7 - 12)
Time: 6 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 25, 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.  

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