48th Edition Covid-19 Update

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MAY 25, 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

  • COMMUNITY UPDATE: Widening Bank Street from Valley Squire Furniture to Dun Skipper
  • COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE: Any Ottawa resident can be tested for COVID-19
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications
  • Virtual town hall Friday for Ottawa’s business community
  • Council wants to find hotels to help relieve pressure on shelters
  • Safety tips to protect your house from a break and enter ​
  • NROCRC Updated List
  • O-Ya Virtual Update

 

COMMUNITY UPDATE: Widening Bank Street from Valley Squire Furniture to Dun Skipper

 

COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE: Any Ottawa resident can be tested for COVID-19

  • Any Ottawa resident who would like to be tested for COVID-19 can now present for testing.
  • Even if you’re not showing symptoms, you can go for testing at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre or the COVID-19 Care Clinics.
  • If volumes are significant, priority will be given to residents from high-risk groups and those showing symptoms.
  • Ottawa’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at Brewer Arena. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Ottawa’s two COVID Care Clinics are located at 595 Moodie Drive and 1485 Heron Road.  The clinics are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • More information: http://OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus

 

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications

  • Applications are now open for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA).
  • The program offers forgivable loans to landlords so they can lower 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%
  • Apply through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website.
  • Government news release
     

Virtual town hall Friday for Ottawa’s business community

  • Ottawa’s business community is working together in support of the local economy to address the challenges of COVID-19.
  • Join us Friday, May 29, at 1 pm for a virtual town hall on Ottawa's economic recovery planning and join in the discussion!
  • Details here

 

Council wants to find hotels to help relieve pressure on shelters

  • The City of Ottawa has launched a Request for Offer, looking for motel, hotel and apartment owners - commercial, institutional and residential - to provide immediate, medium to long-term accommodations for those in need.
  • Information here
  • Deadline: June 12 at 4 pm
     

Safety tips to protect your house from a break and enter 

The Ottawa Police Break and Enter Unit has received several reports of daytime residential break and enters within the last week, in the Westboro area.  Residents were home but are either outside or in another area of the house. Police has been made aware that with these incidents. No suspect is in custody at this time, and the investigation continues.

As the weather warms and we are getting outside more often, police would like to remind homeowners of some ways to help prevent your home from being the target of a break-in:

  • Do not leave windows and doors open or unlocked while you are outside on your property or in a different area of your home. 
  • Door and windows should be kept locked at all times.
  • If you have an attached garage, always keep the access door between the house and the garage locked.  
  • If you have a garage door remote in your vehicle, ensure it is kept out of sight and keep your vehicle locked.
  • Keep valuables and sentimental items you wouldn’t want lost in a safe and if possible secure the safe to the floor or wall stud. 
  • Don’t leave purses and wallets just inside your entry door.
  • Install and use a security bar on your patio door.
  • Keep grass cut and shrubs trimmed to give your home a lived-in look.
  • Consider security lighting and cameras.

Watch out for one another.   If you see a suspicious person in your neighbour’s yard or driveway, call police. Anyone with information relating to any break and enters is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca. 

 

NROCRC Updated List

 

O-Ya Virtual Update

Register for the Virtual 'Goode Run 9.5!
Saturday, May 9, 2020 would have been Race Day for the 10th Annual 'Goode Run. But, COVID-19 had other plans for us! We still intend to host the actual 'Goode Run this fall. In the meantime, we are excited to announce the Virtual 'Goode Run 9.5! The 'Goode Run 9.5; Pandemic Edition will be a virtual run in support O-YA's Virtual Youth Centre activities. O-YA was forced to close it's doors due to COVID-19, but has been doing a great job of hosting online activities to stay connected with Osgoode Ward youth. Revenue from the 'Goode Run 9.5 will go towards purchasing supplies for an upcoming expansion of Virtual Youth Centre programs. Learn more here.

Monday, May 25, 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, May 26, 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)
Theme: Tacky Sweater Day!
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm 
Meeting Password: 392265
Link: https://zoom.us/j/242624070?pwd=dEl0MDhJZ0dtb0NwL1czRVB1dDJpUT09
Meeting ID: 242-624-070

Wednesday, May 27, 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, May 28, 2020
Virtual Girls Mental Wellness
This program is currently full. If you are registered, find all the Zoom Meetup Details here.

Friday, May 29, 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
Zoom Teen Drop In (for Grades 7 - 12)
Theme: Games Night!
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm 
Meeting Password: 392265
Link: https://zoom.us/j/242624070?pwd=dEl0MDhJZ0dtb0NwL1czRVB1dDJpUT09
Meeting ID: 242-624-070

Saturday, May 30, 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
Learn more about all of O-YA’s programs at www.o-ya.ca As the O-YA building is currently closed, please direct all inquires to: info@o-ya.ca (general information), nicole@o-ya.ca (to reach Nicole, O-YA’s Executive Director) carley@o-ya.ca (to reach Carley, O-YA’s Program Coordinator)