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Mental Wellness – There are many support programs for these anxious times

CONNEXONTARIO is a mental health and addictions information and referral helpline for Ontario. They can help connect individuals to services/resources for mental health in our area.

https://www.connexontario.ca/?_ga=2.248883204.248811566.1586097304-76332531.1583588126

Here is the government of Canada’s page to help with other questions you might have about health services relating to COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Help Lines: Reach out for help when you need it. There are people ready to help you.

  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

    • Or text CONNECT to 686868

  • Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-281-2911

  • CMHA’s Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

  • Good2Talk for post-secondary students: 1-866-925-5454

    • Or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868

  • A Friendly Voice – A phone line for older adults (55+) who may be feeling lonely or isolated: 1-855-892-9992 (note – this is not a crisis line)

  • Bounce Back phone and online mental health program for adults and youth ages 15 and over

    • Longer term program – needs referral from primary healthcare professional

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds & Grenville is reaching out to let you know they are still operating, albeit virtually.

CMHLG Services

 

UPDATE FROM MINISTER S CLARK Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not essential businesses and are required to be closed as of 11:59 p.m. April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020
Dear Head of Council:

 

Subject: Operation of Seasonal Trailer Parks and Recreational Campgrounds – Amended Essential Business Order as of April 3, 2020

Nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians. Since first learning of COVID-19, Ontario has taken decisive action to contain the spread of this new virus.

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province has declared an emergency so that we can take immediate action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public. On Tuesday, March 24th, the province ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces pursuant to Ontario Regulation 82/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. On April 3, 2020 the province released an amended list of essential workplaces and ordered all businesses not covered by the amended emergency order to close their physical locations effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not listed as essential businesses and, as such, are required to be closed as of 11:59 p.m. today.

We recognize Ontario “snowbirds” are returning to Canada earlier than they normally would. In some instances, seasonal trailer parks and campgrounds may have been opened earlier than usual to permit individuals to take up temporary accommodation in their mobile homes, recreational vehicles or trailers. For Ontarians whose only Canadian residence is at one of these seasonal trailer parks or campgrounds, they are permitted to continue their occupancy and complete their mandatory self-isolation as required by the mandatory isolation order made by the federal government under the Quarantine Act which took effect on March 25, 2020.

Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and we are asking that our enforcement partners assist in this effort. We encourage you to assist in enforcement efforts to ensure that seasonal trailer parks and/or campgrounds are not being used for recreational purposes. We encourage you to work with park operators and local public health officials in this regard, including to take into consideration the continued need for accommodation of those individuals outlined above.

Officers are encouraged to undertake a graduated approach to enforcement of the emergency orders, which may include educational messaging to businesses around the emergency order, specific warnings, the issuance of a ticket under Part I of the Provincial Offences Act (POA) or a summons under Part III of the POA. Officers are also encouraged to review the applicable provincial and federal emergency orders, and to continue to monitor ontario.ca/alert for any updates or changes to provincial orders.

By staying home and avoiding contact with others we can stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued cooperation on this matter.

Sincerely,

Steve Clark                                          Sylvia Jones

Minister of Municipal Affairs       Solicitor General

MEDIA RELEASE: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

April 4, 2020

Outbreak declared in Van Horne and Willowdale Retirement Residences in Smiths Falls

The Health Unit is working with both Van Horne and Willowdale Retirement Residences in Smiths Falls to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures under the Long Term Care Home Act have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit.  The staff member is home under self-isolation and staff at both sites been instructed to report any symptoms to public health immediately.

“The safety and security of our staff and residents in these sites are a primary concern for us as is minimizing the risk of transmission,” says Sharon Ranalli, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Chartwell Retirement Residences. “We remain vigilant in our efforts to manage this outbreak and thank our staff, residents and family members for their compliance and support of our efforts. We continue to follow heightened COVID-19 infection control and screening protocols and all recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit.”

“The number of outbreaks in the last week in long-term care homes and retirement homes in the area serves as a reminder that we all need to follow the recommended actions to decrease the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the community;” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health, “this incudes staying at home as much as possible keeping a distance of 2m or 6ft away from other people.”

The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is by visiting www.healthunit.org. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 x 2499 from 8:30 to 4:30 every day. You can also get important public health updates by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have respiratory symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who does, self-isolate at home and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool for their recommendations. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.

Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

April 3, 2020

Outbreak found in Lanark Lifestyles in Perth, Ontario

The Health Unit is working with Lanark Lifestyles in Perth to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures under the Long Term Care Home Act have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit.  Dr. Neel Chadha of Lanark Lifestyles reports no residents and no other staff are ill at this time. The staff member is home under self-isolation and all staff have been instructed to report any symptoms to public health immediately.

“The number of outbreaks in the last week in long-term care homes and retirement homes in the area serves as a reminder that we all need to follow the recommended actions to decrease the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the community, says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health. “This incudes staying at home as much as possible, and staying 6 feet, or two arms lengths away, from others when in public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is by visiting www.healthunit.org. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 x 2499 from 8:30 to 4:30 every day. You can also get important public health updates by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have respiratory symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who does, self-isolate at home and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool for their recommendations. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.

Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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Church bells in Westport will ring each Sunday at noon to recognize the courage of the front line workers

When you hear the church bells at noon on Sunday, beginning on April 5, please take a moment and keep the front line workers in your thoughts or prayers.  There will be 20 bells, in this unforgettable year of 2020, rung for the Lord our God, the 6 churches in the Village, the 10 provinces and 3 territories.

Clapping, singing O’Canada, or horn honking that accompanies the bell ringing – any and all recognition for the work being done on our behalf is encouraged.