Some COVID-19 Resources/Information You May Find Useful

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Wednesday, July 22, 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.  If you have any questions, please call the Help Line At: 519-376-9420 ext 3000

 

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 resourcesinformation for health care providersinformation on the recovery phase, and a message from Dr. Arra Medical Officer of Health.  Please see this resource for workplaces to develop safety plans.  It is a valuable resource to help your organization ensure all safety practices are in place, in relation to COVID-19.

 

  1.       Sector Reopening Guidance for Live Shows, Performing Arts, and Movie Theatres Stage 3
  2.       Sector Reopening Sports and Recreational Facilities Stage 3
  3.       Stage 3 COVID-19 Update with Dr. Arra Bruce Power video July 20, 2020
  4.       Face Coverings in Commercial Establishments Stage 3 (updated)
  5.       Public Pools Operation for Stage 3 (updated)
  6.       Food Premises Operation for Stage 3
  7.       GBHU Daily Situation Report 
  8.       OPHA COVID-19 Summary of Key Developments for July 17 – July 21st 2020 (below Social Media links)

 

Public Health is pleased to provide places of business with the option of posting the sample signs that are linked below. Please note, posting of these signs are not mandatory and are simply being provided as a tool if the businesses choose to use them. We stress the importance of ensuring that kindness and acceptance is practiced while respecting individual exemptions to this order.

 

Be Kind Poster

We Can Prevent the Spread of COVID Poster 1

We Can Prevent the Spread of COVID Poster 2

Attention Poster - Order for Commercial Establishments

Masks Required Poster

Screening Poster

 

 

 

 

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OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 21

Provincial Developments

Ontario Unveils New Approach to Building Long-Term Care Homes Faster:

  • The province announced an Accelerated Build Pilot Program that will enable the construction of two new long-term care homes in Mississauga.
  • The pilot program is part of the government's plan to create new long-term care beds across the province that meet modern design standards, including features such as air conditioning and private or semi-private rooms, beginning immediately.
  • Working in partnership with Trillium Health Partners and Infrastructure Ontario, the province intends to add up to 640 new long-term care beds in Mississauga by 2021; this is in addition to the nearly 8,000 new beds announced last week through the province's modernized funding model.

Increase of COVID-19 Cases among Ontario's Youth:

  • Asked by the media about the higher levels of infection being seen in young people, Premier Ford said he's shocked that COVID-19 cases are increasing among young people in Ontario and warned that while they may feel invincible "it's going to be a different story for your parents." He urged those young people who are "going hog wild" and are not following public health measures to "rein it in."
  • Health Minister Elliott said the uptick in cases among young people could be a result of COVID fatigue and urged young adults to follow public health guidelines, such as maintaining a social circle to help prevent a second wave.
  • Premier Ford said that his government has spent more money on advertising and educational campaigns than any other government "in the history of Ontario" and that at some point it is up to residents to listen.
  • He indicated that the province has no current plans to take action against young people who break the rules, such as imposing extra fines.

Backlog of Elective Surgeries and Wait-times:

  • Asked by the media about what was being done to address the backlog of cancelled elective surgeries and the increase in wait-times, Premier Ford said, "the goal is to get the backlog cleaned up as quickly as possible" sparing no expenses to resolve the situation.

 'Safe Restart' Agreement:

  • Asked about the delay in federal funding for Ontario's municipalities, Premier Ford said that following on-going talks with the federal government, the province will "pass on the details to municipalities" once available.

 Other Announcements:

Ontario Takes Steps to Better Protect Lakes, Rivers and Fisheries:

  • The province released its final bait management strategy to protect the province's lakes and rivers from the threat of invasive species and fish diseases. As part of this new strategy, the government will be establishing four bait management zones to limit the movement of live bait across the province.
  • Individual anglers who wish to use live bait outside of their own bait management zone will be required to purchase bait from a licensed commercial bait operator in the zone where they will be fishing.

 Ontario Investing in Economic Development in Kenora-Rainy River Region:

The province is providing $498,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to help increase tourism, boost economic development and create new jobs in the Kenora-Rainy River region; NOHFC investments include:

  • $400,000 for Big Grassy Logistics Genpar Inc. to expand its fleet of trucks and trailers; and
  • $98,000 for the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to transform its roadside rest stop on Hwy. 71 into a tourist destination.

 Federal  Developments

Creation of Essential Services Contingency Reserve through Safe Restart Agreement:

  • Today, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anand announced that the federal government is establishing a new personal protective equipment (PPE) reserve focused on providing PPE to essential service providers who work beyond the health-care system;
  • The reserve will stock PPE and critical supplies, including KN95 respirators, surgical masks, non-medical cloth and disposable masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer disinfectant wipes and gloves so that those providing essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and maintenance companies can purchase PPE at cost.

 Federal COVID-19 Update by Dr. Njoo:

Canada's Deputy Chief Public Health Office, Dr. Njoo, said that the uptick in new cases nationally is giving public health authorities cause for concern and noted that:

  • the majority of the newly infected are young adults, many of whom have contracted the novel coronavirus by going to bars, restaurants and attending indoor parties;
  • the ongoing relaxing of pandemic restrictions - including the reopening of bars and restaurants - may have been interpreted by young adults as a signal they can let their guard down;
  • there may also be an "invincibility factor" also playing into these outbreaks fanned by scientific evidence emerging that shows youth who contract COVID-19 are less likely to become seriously ill; and
  • the "success [in flattening the curve] is fragile and it only takes a few sparks and so on to backslide and create...the situation we don't want."

In addition, Dr. Njoo was asked if federal health officials would consider decriminalizing drug possession to combat the opioid crisis. He pointed to the benefits of established harm-reduction strategies, but conceded the decision was up to elected officials to make.

We will continue to monitor and report on COVID-19 related and other key developments as long as you and other members find this information helpful. Stay well!

Pegeen and Faduma

Summary of Trends in Ontario and Cases in Canada

Trends in Ontario Cases:

  • Ontario reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the most on any single day in about three weeks.
  • The 203 new infections announced Tuesday morning brings the province's total of lab-confirmed cases to 37,942 - a 0.5 per cent increase over Monday's total when 135 cases were added
  • Health Minister Christine Elliott attributed the uptick to "localized increases," namely in Peel, Ottawa and Windsor-Essex. The three regions each confirmed 57, 43 and 24 new cases, respectively.
  • Of the 203 new cases reported, Minister Elliott says that 116 are in people 39 years of age or younger, a trend that has continued every day for the past week.
  • Of the province's 34 public health units, 29 reported fewer than five new cases with several units recording no new cases at all.

Cases in Ontario:

  • Total number of cases: 37,942 cases; an increase of 203 cases
  • Resolved: 33,605 (88.6%); 92 new cases resolved
  • Deaths: sadly, 2,753 people have died; an increase of one person
  • Hospitalized: 120 people are hospitalized; 36 are in intensive care and of those, 23 are on a ventilator
  • Long-term care homes (according to iPHIS): 16 active outbreaks; 32 confirmed cases in residents; 66 confirmed cases in staff; 1,841 deaths among residents and 7 among staff
  • Lab testing: 1,910,109 completed; 22,974 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 11,842 are currently under investigation

Cases in Canada:

  • Total number of cases: 111,124; an increase of 786
  • Resolved: 97,474 (87.7%)
  • Deaths: 8,858 (8%)
  • People tested per million: 95,071
  • Percent Positivity: 2.9%

 

 

OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 20

Provincial Developments

Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3:

The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. The following public health units will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services.

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions to include the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people; and
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

 The following regions will remain in Stage 2 until local trends of key public health indicators demonstrate readiness to move into Stage 3:

  • Peel Public Health;
  • Toronto Public Health; and
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
  • Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage

COVID-19 Update by Dr. David Williams and Dr. Yaffe:

  • Dr. David Williams said he is urging areas of the province moving into Stage 3 to monitor anything "that is particularly concerning" as restrictions ease.
  • He added that Ontario residents in Stage 3 areas should continue to be vigilant and follow public health guidelines.
  • Dr. Yaffe said Ottawa's public health unit has specifically identified an increase in cases in young people, with plans to increase case management staff, more mobile testing outreach and potential bylaw changes for gatherings

Dr. Yaffe shared COVID-19 trends seen over the last week:

  • Ontario reported 111 new cases on Friday, 166 on Saturday,164 cases on Sunday, and today a drop to 135 new cases;
  • Over the past few days, the majority of new cases in Ontario are concentrated in Toronto, Peel, Windsor-Essex and there's been an increase in cases in Ottawa and
  • In line with recent trends, the vast majority of these new cases are among people in their 20s who attended private parties.

Increased Support to Windsor-Essex Region:

  • Asked by the media what the province was doing to address the COVID-19 crisis facing Leamington, and the Windsor-Essex region, Dr. Williams said the government is taking an "all-fronts approach" to provide support, including enhancing hospital services, responding to the increased demand for testing, providing hotel isolation for migrant farm workers and mobilizing assistance from other health units.

Opening of Bars and Restaurants:

  • When asked about local requests to enact stricter measures in indoor dining or bar settings,  Premier Ford said that while he "wouldn't disagree" with additional rules to reduce the risk of the virus spreading, the responsibility for implementing them will ultimately fall to local public health officials.
  • Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Williams also echoed Premier Ford's statement that different local health units are able to implement additional measures as they head into Stage 3, including the list of recommendations for food and drink establishments from Toronto's Mayor Tory.

'Safe Restart' Agreement

  • Today, Finance Minister Phillips announced that, of the $7B in federal support allocated for Ontario, $1B will go towards funding a 10-day paid sick leave program administered by the federal government.

Long-Term Care Facilities:

  • Today, the Premier was asked by the media when someone will be designated to lead the independent commission looking into Ontario's long-term care system. While Premier Ford didn't give a specific date, he indicated that it would be known "definitely before the end of the month."

Update on New COVID-19 Tracing App:

  • The Premier was asked by the media about the delayed COVID-19 tracing app the province is working on with the federal government. Premier Ford said he's heard the federal government is looking to possibly roll out the new app this Friday and is looking forward to its release.

Other Announcements:

Summer at Ontario Place:

  • The Ontario government is providing Ontario Place with $2 million to support on-site activities, including several innovative festivals and events that give people the opportunity to safely reengaged in arts and culture experiences.
  • For this summer and early fall, the line-up at Ontario Place ranges from drive in film festivals, live entertainment, comedy, a virtual jazz festival and film screenings as part of Toronto International Film Festival.

We will continue to monitor and report on COVID-19 related and other key developments as long as you and other members find this information helpful. Stay well!

Pegeen and Faduma

Summary of Trends in Ontario and Cases in Canada

Trends in Ontario Cases:

  • Ontario is reporting a slight decrease in new COVID-19 cases following a weekend that saw new case numbers climb to the 160s.
  • 78 of the 135 new cases added today were reported in Toronto, Peel Region and Windsor-Essex, all of which are regions not included in the latest stage of reopening.
  • 28 of Ontario's 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 of them reporting no new cases at all.
  • Monday's report marks the fourth straight day in which active COVID-19 cases have outpaced recoveries in Ontario.

Cases in Ontario:

  • Total number of cases: 37,739 cases; an increase of 135 cases
  • Resolved: 33,513 (88.8%); 106 new cases resolved
  • Deaths: sadly, 2,752 people have died; an increase of two more deaths
  • Hospitalized: 115 people are hospitalized; 37 are in intensive care and of those, 24 are on a ventilator
  • Long-term care homes (according to iPHIS): 16 active outbreaks; 34 confirmed cases in residents; 61 confirmed cases in staff; 1,841 deaths among residents and 7 among staff
  • Lab testing: 1,887,135 completed; 20,913 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 11,351 are currently under investigation

Cases in Canada:

  • Total number of cases: 110,338; an increase of 339
  • Resolved: 97,051 (88%)
  • Deaths: 8,852 (8%)
  • People tested per million: 93,658
  • Percent Positivity: 2.9%

 

 

OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 17

Provincial Developments

Changes in Provincial Alcohol Policy:

  • The Government of Ontario made changes to the province's liquor laws to give consumers more options for delivery services when purchasing alcohol from retail stores. The government has removed the provision in Regulation 718 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) which prohibited liquor delivery service licenses from using contractors in the delivery of liquor.
  • Liquor delivery services are now permitted to enter into agreements with manufacturers who have retail stores or The Beer Store to facilitate the purchase and delivery of liquor on behalf of a customer. These agreements may include, for example, the listing of products on the liquor delivery service's website or app. Where a liquor delivery service chooses to enter into such agreements, the agreement cannot restrict a liquor delivery service or manufacturer from entering into further agreements and only applies to the purchase and delivery of liquor before July 1, 2021.
  • The Ontario government is also amending liquor laws to allow boat operators with liquor sales licenses to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked.

Hospital Assumes Management of Villa Colombo in North York:

  • The Ministry of Long-Term Care is appointing Humber River Hospital as interim manager at Villa Colombo in North York. Humber River Hospital will now manage care in the home along with the team at Villa Colombo and fill the executive director role on a temporary basis.
  • 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.

Ontario Taking Action to Further Protect Lake Simcoe:

  • Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Yurek announced on Friday that the provincial government is investing $581,000 in four new projects to help find better ways to reduce the amount of pollutants, such as phosphorus, from entering Lake Simcoe.
  • A report released Friday by the Ontario government shows the health of Lake Simcoe is improving as a result of actions taken to protect and restore the lake and its watershed. This fall, the government is inviting all its partners, including the general public, to participate in a 10-year review of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan to see if it needs to be updated.

Province Takes Steps to Ensure All Ontarians Benefit from Local Research and Innovation:

  • The Ontario government announced a made-in-Ontario Intellectual Property Action Plan to help ensure the social and economic benefits of taxpayer-funded research and innovation stays in the province.
  • In addition, the government unveiled the second round of research projects approved and supported through the $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. Through these efforts, researchers will be working to find ways to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19.

Ontario Introduces Measures to Cap Interest and Fees on Payday Loans:

  • The province is proposing changes to the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 that would provide additional protection for payday loan borrowers by capping the interest rate that lenders can charge on payday loans that are in default. Lenders would not be permitted to charge interest in excess of 2.5 per cent per month (non-compounded), providing rate relief to borrowers unable to repay their loans on time.
  • The government will also be establishing a maximum fee of $25 that may be charged by lenders for dishonoured or bounced cheques or pre-authorized debits. This measure would protect borrowers from having to pay high fees while already facing financial hardship.

Federal Developments

Changes to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program:

  • Under the proposed changes, all Canadian companies that have experienced a revenue decline because of COVID-19 would qualify for financial support - doing away with the requirement that businesses prove a 30 per cent decrease in revenue in order to qualify.
  • The new program would create a base subsidy for all qualifying businesses that would vary based on how much revenue a business has lost.
  • The businesses that have been hit hardest by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic - those that have experienced drops in revenue of at least 50 per cent - would be eligible for the highest level of subsidy and would receive additional top-up subsidies of up to 25 per cent.

New Support for Canadians Living with Disabilities:

  • Employment and Workforce Development Minister Qualtrough announced the Government of Canada intends to propose legislation that would make a one-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment of $600 to assist with additional expenses incurred during the pandemic available to more people and expand the one-time payment to include approximately 1.7 million Canadians with disabilities.
  • Additionally, seniors who are eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities would receive a total of $600 in special payments. The one-time payment to persons with disabilities would be adjusted to provide a top-up for eligible seniors, including:
    • $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the Old Age Security pension and who received the one-time seniors payment of $300; or
    • $100 for Canadians who are eligible for the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Allowances and who received the one-time senior's payment of $500.

 Update from Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo:

  • On Friday, Dr. Njoo said a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases among young people coincides with increasing reports of people contracting the virus at parties, nightclubs and bars.
  • He reiterated the messages he had included in his written update on Thursday advising  young adults and others planning to patronize indoor bars to be aware of the risks.
  • Dr. Njoo cautioned Canadians to consider their responsibility to protect not only their own health, but the health of others as they move forward with these looser physical distancing rules.

We will continue to monitor and report on COVID-19 related and other key developments as long as you and other members find this information helpful. Stay well!

Pegeen and Faduma

Summary of Trends in Ontario and Cases in Canada

Cases in Ontario (As of July 17):

  • Total number of cases: 37,440 cases; an increase of 166 cases
  • Resolved: 33,294; 132 new cases resolved
  • Deaths: sadly, 2,748 people have died; an increase of two more deaths
  • Hospitalized: 105 people are hospitalized; 33 are in intensive care and of those, 22 are on a ventilator
  • Long-term care homes (according to iPHIS): 17 active outbreaks; 39 confirmed cases in residents; 63 confirmed cases in staff; 1,841 deaths among residents and 7 among staff
  • Lab testing: 1,839,332 completed; 28,849 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 24,551 are currently under investigation

Cases in Canada (As of July 17th 7pm):

  • Total number of cases: 109,669; an increase of 405
  • Resolved: 96,689 (88.2%)
  • Deaths: 8,839 (8.1%)
  • People tested per million: 91,463
  • Percent Positivity: 3%

 

 

Dr. Ian Arra,  MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM

 

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Grey Bruce Health Unit

101 17th Street East

Owen Sound ON  N4K 0A5

Phone:  (519)376-9420,  Ext. 1241  Fax: (519)376-0605

I.Arra@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

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