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VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL AGE KIDS

THURSDAY, APRIL 22ND @ 7:00 – 830 P.M.

WITH THE RIGHT SUPPORTS, THE KIDS WILL BE OK!

With schools closed again, and an even scarier third wave upon us, we are hearing from many, many parents who are quite concerned for the well-being of their kids.

That is why the Municipality of North Grenville is hosting TONIGHT an online Community Mental Health Forum for parents and caregivers of school-aged children ***via ZOOM*** on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

.The Forum is intended to respond to the growing concern about how kids (and their parents) are managing virtual learning and long-standing disruptions to many of their normal routines as a result of the pandemic.

Speakers include;

  • Lisa Livingston and Cheryl Gaumont, Counselling Therapists with the Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville
  • Diane Oxborough, Program Manager of Parent’s Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO)
  • Chuck LeBlanc from Kemptville Stress Relief Centre
  • Kim Champagne with Juniper Counselling Centre.

Participants can register anytime before the start of the ZOOM call via email at: mayor@northgrenville.on.ca – in order to get the Zoom link.  

YOU CAN LIVE STREAM THE MEETING OR WATCH IT LATER: https://www.youtube.com/user/NorthGrenville/featured

VACCINATION DAY IN WESTPORT!

We are celebrating in Westport at the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark first pop up COVID-19 vaccination centre. Over 350 people are getting their shots today at the arena. The Health Unit have lots of staff on site and they are supported by many volunteers, the backbone of our Village.

Special thanks to our pharmacist, Tracy Phillips. We are so lucky that she and her husband chose Westport as their home.

Legion and Lions, Country Roads Community Health Centre, Village staff and Council and many others – thank you. It takes a Village!

Vaccinators hard at work. They really enjoy their job!

15 minute time-out area after shot – lots of people to visit with – SAFELY!
It took the whole arena to keep everyone socially distanced – well done Health Unit!
If you haven’t registered for your vaccine, please do so. Eligible ages are now 40+. Make your appointment!

GOVERNMENT’S NEW 16APR21 RESTRICTIONS AND HOW THEY IMPACT WESTPORT

Flatten the Curve. We understand what this means. The number of cases of COVID are the highest since the beginning of the pandemic and there are significant concerns that the hospitals will be overwhelmed. We also know that we are not exempt from the very real fear of community transmission in our Village. Together we have strength, together we provide support for one another and together we will weather this third wave.

The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Other restrictions include:

  • Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
  • Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
  • Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions. Lockwood Park will remain open for the walking path only.
  • Weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies restricted to 10 people indoors or outdoors

We can be part of the solution and help to flatten the curve. The public safety advice has not changed. Stay Home. Wash your hands frequently. Wear a Mask. Together – we will keep the safety blanket around our Village.

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order

Implementing Stronger Enforcement, Travel Restrictions, Public Health Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives

April 16, 2021

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is strengthening enforcement of the province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the province’s health care system.

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“As the latest modelling confirms, without taking immediate and decisive action COVID-19 cases will spiral out of control and our hospitals will be overwhelmed,” said Premier Ford. “That’s why we are making difficult, but necessary decisions to reduce mobility and keep people in the safety of their own homes. We need to contain the spread of this deadly virus, while getting vaccines in as many arms as quickly as possible.”

To increase public compliance with the Stay-at-Home order and stop the spread of COVID-19, amendments to an emergency order (O.Reg 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures) have been made that will provide police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to support the enforcement of Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order.

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual’s reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order.

“With our hospital system under significant pressure and the continued increase of COVID-19 variants, we are stepping up enforcement to ensure that people adhere to the Stay-at-Home order and follow public health measures,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This is a critical moment in Ontario’s response to this deadly virus, that’s why we are doing whatever it takes to stop the spread and protect our communities.”

Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order (O.Reg 265/21) have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

“Now, more than ever before, businesses need to take all measures possible to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Minister McNaughton. “We’re in workplaces every day to enforce safety requirements and we won’t hesitate to stop unsafe work and ticket offenders. Today, we launched an enhanced, targeted provincewide inspection campaign of construction sites, dispatching 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial offenses officers, to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce COVID-19 safety requirements. In addition, provincial offences officers will also be visiting over 500 workplaces this weekend in the COVID-19 hotspots of Ottawa, Toronto and York Region. Their visits will include big-box stores, food processors, manufacturers and warehouses.”

In order to limit the transmission of the variants of concern, the government is also restricting travel into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec with the exception of purposes such as work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.

“The rising spread of variants means we must take stronger measures to limit transmission and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As we continue to work to vaccinate those in the areas with the highest rates of transmission, everyone must adhere to public health measures and stay at home as much as possible to protect capacity in our health system and the health of thousands of Ontarians.”

The government also intends to implement the following public health and workplace safety measures effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
  • Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
  • Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.

In addition, effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.

All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only), will continue to apply.

To further support “hot spot” communities where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods, as part of Phase Two of the government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, the government is committed to dedicating 25 per cent of future vaccine allocations to the 13 public health regions with historic and ongoing high rates of death, hospitalization and COVID-19 transmission.

“As we see the trends in key health indicators deteriorate to levels far exceeding anything we have seen before, it is necessary to follow public health and workplace safety measures given this continued and rapid case growth,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “By staying at home and limiting travel for essential purposes only, such as getting groceries or going to a medical appointment or to get vaccinated, we can reduce mobility and help interrupt transmission of this virus.”

COVID-19 Exposure at Scotty’s Chips in Westport

MEDIA RELEASE:

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

April 13, 2021

As a result of a COVID-19 exposure, the Health Unit is advising patrons of Scotty’s Chips in Westport who approached the service window to order or pick up food during the hours of operation from March 31st to April 9th to:

 Monitor for symptoms carefully, even mild ones

·         If symptoms develop:

o   Immediately self-isolate

o   Contact the Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853

o   Get tested at a local assessment centre

Because this virus spreads so easily – we all need to do our part to slow and reduce the spread.  This means practicing all of the public health measures:

  • Follow the Stay-At-Home Order
  • Stay home as much as possible and limit close contact (no masks and closer than 2m) to your own household (the people you live with)
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2 meters (6 feet) away from people in public areas
  • Wear a face covering: Minimum of 2 layers of material; 3 will provide further protection when you cannot stay 6 feet away from people out in public – and in indoor public spaces as required
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.healthunit.org/coronavirus or call 1-800-660-5853 x2499. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthunit.

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