COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 24, 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.
- Update from Dr. Etches – share your ideas
- COVID-19 cases in all areas of Ottawa – maps coming
- Update from Ottawa Public Health to Community Associations
- Temporary closures at Ottawa’s Emergency Child Care Centres
- Hospital staff helping in four Ottawa long-term care homes
- Canadian Armed Forces have arrived at 5 Ontario long-term care homes
- NEW: Rent relief for businesses hit by COVID-19
- Municipalities ask Federal Government for $10B in emergency funds
- Algonquin College COVID-19 emergency fund
- Committees To Consider Strategy To Guide How Ottawa Grows
- Bylaw Update on property maintenance services
- Mask Resources
- Orleans - Cumberland Ward Community Resources
Update from Dr. Etches – share your ideas
- Dr. Etches provided an update yesterday afternoon on some of the work that Ottawa Public Health is doing with senior city officials, community groups, and businesses to plan for a phased lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions.
- “Relaxation of restrictions will take time, we’re not quite there yet,” said Dr. Etches.
- Ottawa Public Health is hoping to launch a public consultation on easing restrictions within the next week.
- Meanwhile, if you want to share your ideas you can email OPH staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can read Dr. Etches’ latest statement here.
COVID-19 cases in all areas of Ottawa – maps coming
- Ottawa Public Health is preparing maps showing where COVID-19 cases are located across Ottawa.
- In her update yesterday, Dr. Etches said that there are confirmed cases across our whole city - urban, rural, suburban.
- Ottawa Public Health will share the maps with the public once they are ready.
Update from Ottawa Public Health to Community Associations
- Ottawa Public Health has prepared a helpful update for Community Associations.
- The update includes:
- Important reminders on physical distancing
- Symptoms and Testing Criteria
- Testing and Treatment Locations
- Multilingual COVID Information
- Supports for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
- Helping children cope during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Physical Distancing for Parents, Teens, and Children
- Support for Older Adults
- Mental Health and COVID-19
- To view the letter click here.
Temporary closures at Ottawa’s Emergency Child Care Centres
- Ottawa has three child care centres providing free daycare for essential workers.
- As of yesterday, two of the centres are temporarily closed after two staff members (at separate locations) felt unwell and are now awaiting COVID-19 test results.
- Ottawa’s emergency child care centres are located here:
- Esther By Child Care Centre (1550 Caldwell Avenue) – temporarily closed
- Dr. Ernest Couture Child Care Centre (2185 Riverside Drive) – temporarily closed
- Centre Éducatif Tournesol (194 McArthur Road)
- These closures impact 13 families. The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are in communication with everyone involved.
Hospital staff helping in four Ottawa long-term care homes
- Health care ‘SWAT teams’ are helping in four of Ottawa’s long-term care and retirement homes.
- The response teams are made up of staff from the Ottawa Hospital, Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Montfort Hospital, CHEO and the Champlain Home and Community Care.
- These individuals stepped up and answered the call to help out in homes that have been hit hard by COVID-19.
- The teams have visited Carlingview Manor, Montfort Long-Term Care Centre, Madonna Care Centre, and Laurier Manor.
Canadian Armed Forces have arrived at 5 Ontario long-term care homes
- The Canadian military arrived at five different Ontario long-term care homes today that are struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks.
- The armed forces were deployed to:
- Orchard Villa, Pickering
- Altamont Care Community, Scarborough
- Eatonville, Etobicoke
- Hawthorne Place, North York
- Holland Christian Homes’ Grace Manor, Brampton
- The Ontario government says the military may be placed at other locations, as well.
Rent relief for businesses hit by COVID-19
- Federal, provincial and territorial governments have reached a deal to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA).
- The program lowers rent by 75% for small businesses that can’t afford to pay landlords due to COVID-19.
- Small businesses will be eligible if their monthly rent is $50,000 or less. Charities and non-profits are also eligible.
- The program provides loans to commercial property owners to cover 50% of rent payments payable by small business tenants in April, May and June.
- The loans will be forgiven if the property owner agrees to reduce the small business tenant’s rent by 75% for April, May, and June and pledges not to evict the tenant.
- Here is the breakdown:
- Eligible businesses will only have to pay 25% of their rent
- The landlord will absorb 25% of rent
- The Federal government and Provincial government will share the remaining 50%
- The funds will flow through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to landlords.
- The program should be operational by mid-May.
- The Prime Minister said more information will be coming on support for larger businesses.
- Official news release
- More information here from the Ontario government
Municipalities ask Federal Government for $10B in emergency funds
- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), which advocates for municipalities, has asked the federal government for $10 billion in emergency funding to cover revenue losses from COVID-19.
- FCM says municipalities are together facing a minimum of a $10- to $15-billion loss in the near term.
- Those losses stem from property taxes, utility charges and user fees — which include an estimated $400 million each month from lost transit ridership.
- In its request, the FCM is asking for at least $7.6 billion in direct federal transfers to all municipalities, plus $2.4 billion for those with transit systems. Cities facing challenges supporting public health measures among vulnerable populations would get additional top ups.
- See the FCM’s official news release here.
Algonquin College COVID-19 emergency fund
- Algonquin College is establishing a new COVID-19 emergency fund to help students most in need of assistance so that they can continue their studies.
- President and CEO Claude Brulé sent a message to students and staff at the school today, saying more details, including how students can apply, will come out on May 1.
Committees To Consider Strategy To Guide How Ottawa Grows
The City’s Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will meet on Monday, May 11 to consider a growth management strategy that will guide how Ottawa grows.
- Residents interested in providing feedback to the two committees are encouraged to review the report
- The City aims to grow in a way that minimizes the need to expand the urban boundary, by making the most efficient use of the urban land we already have. We’re in the process of developing a new Official Plan - a policy framework that will guide physical development until 2046.
- Within this 26-year timeframe, housing in Ottawa will be needed to accommodate more than 400,000 new residents – about 40 per cent of our current population.
The recommended strategy pairs a moderate expansion of the urban boundary with a focus on new dwellings in established neighbourhoods. The City studied three scenarios to accommodate projected population growth:
- Under the status quo scenario, 45 per cent of new dwellings would need to be in existing, built-up areas, with an intensification target that would rise to 50 per cent by 2046. This scenario requires the most significant urban area expansion.
- Under the balanced scenario, 51 per cent of new dwellings would need to be in existing, built-up areas, with an intensification target that would rise to 60 per cent by 2046. That small increase to intensification targets would reduce the need for expansion considerably.
- Under the no expansion scenario, 64 per cent of new dwellings would need to be in existing, built-up areas, meaning by 2046, 100 per cent of all new housing would be delivered through intensification – requiring much more aggressive intensification targets.
Members of the public can provide written submissions through the Committee Coordinator and can also provide oral submissions (for up to five minutes) at the Monday, May 11 meeting. Those interested in speaking during the meeting should refer to the process outlined as Annex A of the agenda.
Residents are also encouraged to participate in the new Official Plan process. A draft Official Plan will be prepared for Council consideration before the end of the year, based on policy directions already approved by Council.
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Bylaw Update on Property Maintenance
As of May 1st pool services are allowed to provide services to help to minimize the health risk of stagnant water and bacteria.
Public Health Recommendations
Purchase a Mask
Communities Supporting Masks
Free Ottawa Cloth Masks for the Public (Facebook Group)
For Frontline Staff and Health Care Facilities
Make Your Own Mask
If you're wearing a non-medical mask, it's very important to take proper precautions to protect yourself and others.
Notice to the Cumberland ward
Orleans - Cumberland Ward residents the Community Resource Centre are here to help you.