Here are links to some COVID-19 resources/information you may find useful
Friday, June 5, 2020
Here are links to some COVID-19 resources/information you may find useful. Many of these items are available on the GBHU website and may be shared publicly.
Please note: the COVID-19 section of the Grey Bruce Public Health website has been recently updated. It includes general COVID-19 information, inquiries, and resources, information for health care providers, information on the recovery phase, and a message from Dr. Arra Medical Officer of Health
- Considerations for Foot Care (April 28)
- Cannabis Use During COVID-19 (April 21)
- Guidance for Multi-Unit Dwellings (April 23)
- Community Gardens and Allotments (April 28)
- Guidance for Food Delivery Services (April 28)
- GBHU Daily Situation Report
- OPHA COVID-19 Summary of Key Developments for June 4, 2020 (below Social Media links)
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OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments June 4
Discussions about systemic racism and governments' commitment to change continued to garner political and community attention amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Despite his earlier comments, the Premier Ford acknowledged today that systemic racism exists noting that "we have our own history of racism here in Ontario" going back decades and "I know people right now are feeling pain out there. I see it."
The Premier announced: the formation of a Council on Equality of Opportunity for youth; new funding to support Black communities in meeting urgent COVID-19 needs; the appointment of former federal Health Minister, Dr. Jane Philpott, as special advisor to develop Ontario's Health Data Platform; the interim management of another long term care home by a hospital; and gave a shout out to Windsor, Peterborough and other health units for the increased daily testing which hit over 20,000 yesterday.
On the federal scene, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer shared modelling figures on COVID-19 projections for Canada. Premier Minister Trudeau noted that "the data shows that we are continuing to make progress in the fight against this virus... but we're not out of the woods. The pandemic is still threatening the health and safety of Canadians."
- Today, Premier Ford and Minister announced the creation of the Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity, a new advisory group that will:
- provide advice on how young people can overcome social and economic barriers and achieve success;
- focus on the challenges facing young people today, such as completing an education, skills training, and employment;
- advise government on long-term actions that can be taken to support youth during the COVID-19 outbreak;
- have up to 20 members, including youth aged 18 to 29 as well as adults with expertise from community organizations, businesses, education, and government services; and
- be chaired by Jamil Jivani, Ontario's Advocate for Community Opportunities, for the first year.
- The Ontario government is allocating $1.5 million to address the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Black communities. The funds will be used to provide urgent COVID-19 supports and address the immediate needs of children, youth and families.
- The Ontario government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as its special advisor to support the design and implementation, in consultation with Ontario's Privacy Commissioner, of a new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR).
- The information gathered will allow researchers and health system partners to better detect, plan, and respond to COVID-19 by:
- discovering risk factors for vulnerable populations;
- predicting when and where outbreaks may happen;
- evaluating how preventative and treatment measures are working; and
- identifying where to allocate equipment and other resources.
- The Ministry of Long-Term Care is appointing the William Osler Health System as interim manager at Woodbridge Vista Care Community long-term care home in Vaughan to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The Ministry of Long-Term Care will continue to make decisions on which long-term care homes may require additional management support on a case-by-case basis.
Public Health and Testing:
- Further to some earlier critical comments about needing to increase testing rates, today Premier Ford gave a shout out to the Windsor's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ahmed, and thanked him "for the great work you are doing" exclaiming "you guys are champs."
- The Premier noted how the health unit is working collaboratively with the police, city staff, and parks and recreation to organize road closures, reroute cars to allow drive-through testing as well as working with Chrysler to do testing there. He was impressed with the level of testing remarking that "the people there, you make things happen so I want to give a shout out to the folks in Windsor."
- Premier Ford also said that Peterborough is doing the same thing as are other medical officers of health. He remarked that it was phenomenal to see the numbers go up to 20,000 tests yesterday and was grateful to see that "everything is coming together ....we have a new testing, tracing and tracking strategy and ....everybody is pulling in the same direction."
Rentals of Cottages, Condos and Lodges Permitted:
- Economic Development Minister Fedeli announced today that short-term rental of cottages, lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums, B&Bs and other sites will be permitted to resume starting Friday after over two months of being shut down.
- He noted that local public health units are empowered to issue their own orders and restrictions should they feel their region isn't ready for this.
During today's media briefing, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO), Dr. Theresa Tam and her Deputy CPHO, Dr. Howard Njoo, described their updated modelling on the number of COVID-19 related illnesses and deaths that Canada could see over the next few weeks. Here are the highlights of this modelling presentation:
- Canada could see between 97,990 and 107,454 cases and between 7,700 and 9,400 deaths by June 15;
- Ontario and Quebec have accounted for more than 90 per cent of national COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days;
- There has been no community transmission in Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, and no cases have been reported to date in Nunavut;
- COVID-19 is still disproportionately hitting Canadians in long-term care and seniors' homes; (e.g. 18 per cent of all cases and 82 per cent of Canada's 7,495 deaths);
- Canada's Effective Reproductive Number, (Rt) which represents the number of cases that are expected to occur on average as a result of a single person being infected, has remained below one for the last two weeks, suggesting public health measures are being effective; and
- This rate has fluctuated over the last month due to ongoing transmissions in some communities, especially in and around Toronto and Montreal.
These two officials warned that lifting measure, such as business and school closures and general stay-at-home requirements, without strengthening other public health measures likely would cause the epidemic to rebound.
We will continue to monitor and provide updates on federal and provincial developments related to COVID-19 to make it easier for you to stay informed. Stay well!
Pegeen and Deva
P.S. Allow us to add our own shout out to our public health leaders as well as those working behind the scenes to keep our communities healthy and safe. Check out the individuals and teams featuring this week in our #publichealthheroes campaign here.
Summary of Cases in Ontario and Canada
Cases in Ontario:
- Total number of cases: 29,403 cases; an increase of 356 cases reported today.
- Of the new cases, 181 are from Toronto, 46 are from Peel and 55 are from York
- Almost 80% are from the GTA
- 17% are healthcare workers (4,854 cases)
- Resolved: 23,208 (76%)
- Deaths: sadly, 2,357 people have died
- Hospitalized: 776 people are hospitalized; 121 are in intensive care and of those, 94 are on a ventilator
- Long-term care homes (according to IPHIS): 166 active outbreaks; 5,202 confirmed cases in residents; 1,865 confirmed cases in staff; 1,509 deaths among residents and five among staff
- Retirement homes: 36 homes are in outbreak; 192 deaths reported
- Lab testing: 786,323 tests completed; 20,822 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 12,760 are currently under investigation.
Cases in Canada
- Total number of cases: 93,441; an increase of 693 cases
- Resolved: 51,445 (55%)
- Deaths: 7,543 (7.6%)
- People tested: 47,552 people tested per million
- Percent positivity: 5%
- The number of new deaths peaked between May 3-9th and since then, the numbers have been trending down