COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MAY 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.
- Statement on Ottawa’s Growth Management Strategy
- Map of COVID-19 across Ottawa Wards
- COVID-19 in Ottawa: Last day to share your thoughts!
- Festival and event permits cancelled until August 31
- Virtual town hall May 29
- Ottawa Public Health: wearing gloves not recommended
- Toolkit to help businesses reopen safely
- COVID-19 self-assessment tool for businesses
- Ontario recommends wearing a mask on public transit
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance applications open Monday
- Large firms can now apply for loans
- Free virtual tax clinics
- City’s Human Needs Task Force seeking donations
- Just Food SeedLing Saturday
My Statement on Ottawa’s Growth Management Strategy
- We’ve wrapped up three full days of virtual debate, discussion, and presentations on the expansion of Ottawa's urban boundary. We heard from 100+ people who signed up to speak about the future of our great city. As a rural Councillor, protecting our farmland, the unique character of our villages, and our rural lifestyle are priorities for me, as is promoting economic development and fostering collaboration between our farmers and local businesses. I raised these points throughout the discussions. I’m pleased to share my position on Ottawa’s growth management strategy.
- Click here for my statement: https://georgedarouze.ca/PoliticalUpdates
Map of COVID-19 across Ottawa Wards
- Ottawa Public Health has released a map that shows where people confirmed to have COVID-19 live by ward (not by where they contracted the disease).
- What stands out the most for Dr. Etches is that COVID-19 is in every community.
- You can view the map HERE (scroll down).
- Note: Many coronavirus infections are mild or cause no symptoms. Because of this, the number of diagnosed cases in Ottawa represents only a small fraction of all the people who are infected. Diagnosed cases are often referred to as the “tip of the iceberg”; for each case, there are likely many individuals who are infected and unknowingly transmitting the infection to others.
COVID-19 in Ottawa: Last day to share your thoughts!
- Your Facebook friends may be tired of hearing your opinion on things, but Ottawa Public Health most certainly is not!
Today is the last day to respond to their survey on key COVID-19 issues.
- Visit http://engage.ottawa.ca/covid19 and have your say!
Festival and event permits cancelled until August 31
- There will be no festivals or large events in Ottawa this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Based on advice from Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa has cancelled festival and event permits through to August 31. (Previously it was June 30)
Virtual Town Hall May 29
- Another COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall will take place on Monday May 29th at 1 PM
- Discussion will focus on Ottawa’s recovery plan for COVID-19.
- Details to come.
Ottawa Public Health: wearing gloves not recommended
- Ottawa Public Health is recommending you do not wear gloves for everyday activities to protect yourself from COVID-19.
- In a statement yesterday afternoon, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches says: “Wearing gloves can make you feel more protected from the virus than you actually are. Whether or not you are wearing gloves, if you touch high-contact surfaces and then touch your face, you are increasing the risk of getting COVID-19.”
COVID-19 self-assessment tool for businesses
- As businesses start re-opening, Ottawa Public Health is providing tips for business owners to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- The health unit has developed a screening questionnaire that staff can use to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before starting their work day.
Toolkit to help businesses reopen safely
- In consultation with Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa has created a business reopening toolkit for our business community.
- This online toolkit provides information on how to safely prepare your workplace, employees & operations, with links to official resources
- City news release
Ontario recommends wearing a mask on public transit
- Provincial officials laid out recommendations for public transit agencies and riders today.
- Anyone travelling on public transit should wear a face covering.
- However, masks must not be used on children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, and anyone who would have trouble removing one.
- Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that medical masks should be reserved for health-care workers. "Please don't use medical masks," she said.
- Masks should be made with at least two layers of fabric, cover your nose and mouth, and maintain their shape after washing and drying them.
- The Ministry of Health is recommending the following measures be put in place on transit:
- Physical distancing of at least two metres by admitting fewer passengers and using physical markers between seats;
- The use of face coverings, particularly when physical distancing is not feasible;
- Ensuring the availability of alcohol-based hand rub upon entering and exiting the vehicle;
- Implementing engineering controls like plexiglass windows between drivers and passengers; and
- Enhanced cleaning, particularly of high-touch surfaces.
- Government news release
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance applications open Monday
- The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will start taking applications on Monday, May 25th.
- The program will give forgivable loans to landlords so they can reduce the rent for small business tenants impacted by COVID-19.
- ‘Impacted’ small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000/month in rent and have temporarily closed or seen a 70%+ drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues.
- The loans to property owners would cover half of the rent payable by small business tenants in April, May and June.
- To receive the loan, property owners must reduce the rent of small business tenants for April to June by at least 75% and pledge not to evict the tenant.
- Here is the rent breakdown:
- Tenants (small businesses) pay 25%
- Landlords will absorb 25%
- The Federal government and Provincial government share the remaining 50%
- Applications will be accepted through the Canada Mortgage and Housing. Corporation website beginning on May 25, and application documents can be accessed now.
- Government news release
Large firms can now apply for loans
- Applications opened today for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF).
- The program will provide bridge loans for Canada’s largest employers.
- It is a last resort line of credit for firms with more than $300 million in annual revenues and requesting more than $60 million in loans.
- Companies can apply through the Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, a subsidiary of the Canada Development Investment Corporation.
Free virtual tax clinics
- Do you usually attend in-person tax clinics but can’t this year because of #COVID19?
- As a temporary measure, volunteers may be able to do your taxes virtually, for free.
- Find out if you’re eligible and how to access a virtual tax clinic: HERE
City’s Human Needs Task Force seeking donations
The City’s Human Needs Task Force is seeking donations of non-medical masks to give vulnerable residents.
The City is seeking:
- Masks made of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric that is breathable, like cotton sheets, quilters cotton and flannel
- Masks with pockets or slots for replaceable filters
- Masks used to cover other masks or respirators to prolong their use
How to use
- Wearing a non-medical mask is not a replacement for physical distancing, hand washing and monitoring your health.
- Staying two metres away from people you don’t live with is important but isn’t always possible in public spaces.
- Wearing a mask adds an extra layer of protection, especially for others in case you have COVID-19; it may also help reduce your risk in case others have COVID-19.
How to donate
Just Food SeedLing Saturday
Just Food is hosting a SeedLing Saturday this weekend at the Just Food Farm! Seedlings, seeds and other food products will be for sale.
Includes pre-order and pick-up sales as well as on-site sale options.
WHEN: Saturday, May 23
4 time slots to choose from (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm)*
WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court
RSVP: is a must!
- *In order to maintain physical distancing we will only be allowing 60 people on-site at a time. More COVID-19 guidelines below.
- To register, please click on the time slot you would like to attend, note that seedlings will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. (We will email later registrants if seedlings are sold out).
- Register now before the time slots fill up. (Please note - if you are only ordering online to pick-up, you don’t need to register, but you need to pick up between 10am-12 noon.)
- As Just Food newsletter subscribers, you are the first to receive these links and we will only advertise on Thursday to the broader public if any slots are still open.
- Acceptable payment methods include online pre-payment, tap payment on-site and cash.
Vendors Selling On-site & Online Pre-ordering Information
- Capital Greens: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis
- Nanabush Food Forest: food forest plant exchange
- Get Up & Grow: tomatoes
- Against the Grain: seeds, house plants, flour/ grain products
- The Chi Garden: crosne seeds (or Japanese artichokes), sunchokes
- Flat Earth Farm: tomatoes
- And more!
COVID19 Health Guidelines below:
- Tables will be spaced and limited in number to avoid overcrowding, witty people asked to maintain 6 feet from each other at all times.
- One-way traffic for both cars into and off the property, as well as one-way traffic for customers around the tables.
- Separate pick-up-only area for pick-up orders, with tables spaced apart from each other.
- Limited conversation time to maintain flow - people are encouraged to get in and out efficiently.
- No touching the plants unless purchased. Only looking at what is on the table to keep distancing in mind.