Health Experts Say the COVID-19 Outbreak Has Likely Peaked in Ontario

News Release

April 20, 2020

Modelling shows physical distancing still needed to prevent further spread

TORONTO — The Ontario government today released updated COVID-19 modelling, which shows that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures must remain in place to continue reducing the number of cases and deaths.

“The modelling clearly demonstrates that we are making progress in our fight against this deadly virus. That’s due to the actions of all Ontarians, those who are staying home and practising physical distancing, and to the heroic efforts of our frontline health care workers,” said Premier Doug Ford. “But COVID-19 continues to be a clear and present danger, especially to our seniors and most vulnerable citizens. That is why we must continue to follow the advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and stay the course in order to keep people safe and healthy.”

Key highlights from the modelling update include:

  • The wave of new community spread cases of COVID-19 in Ontario appears to have peaked.
  • Outbreaks in long-term care and congregate settings continue to be a major concern. Concerted actions are underway to protect vulnerable people in these settings.
  • Ontario is now trending toward a best case scenario rather than a worst case scenario and has significantly improved its standing as compared to March modelling.
  • The province has avoided a significant surge in cases. Total cumulative cases are forecast to be substantially lower than worst case or even moderate case scenarios projected by previous models.
  • While several hundred new cases are identified daily in Ontario, hospitals across the province have not been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 outbreak as a result of capacity planning and the public health measures currently in place. The rate of growth day-over-day is declining.
  • To further reduce the number of cases and deaths, it remains critical that Ontarians continue to adhere to public health measures, including staying home and practicing physical distancing if they must go out for essential reasons only.

“The information released today shows early but unmistakable signs that our efforts are working,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These numbers are not an accident. They are the re sult of months of planning and collective action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. However, in order for these projections to become reality, each of us must continue to stay home as much possible and practise physical distancing.”

To enhance protections for residents and staff in long-term care homes, last week Ontario launched the COVID-19 Action Plan: Long-Term Care Homes. This action plan will ensure the implementation of critical new measures to prevent further outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care homes. These measures include enhancing and expanding testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic contacts of confirmed cases; providing public health and infection control expertise; and redeploying staff from hospitals and home and community care to support the long-term care home workforce.

“The new province-wide modelling data are encouraging, but we know that long-term care homes and other congregate settings will track on a different path,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “We will continue to take aggressive action to support our most vulnerable residents and their caregivers.”

QUICK FACTS

  • All Ontarians need to stay home unless absolutely necessary for essential trips, such as accessing health care services, groceries, picking up prescriptions or supporting vulnerable community members with meeting essential needs. If you must leave your home, go alone and stay at least two metres apart from others.
  • Ontario has made improvements to its COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool by expanding its symptom list, addressing the most high risk individuals, and making it more accessible and responsive.
  • Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; sneeze and cough into your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; avoid contact with people who are sick; stay home if you are sick.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Special Village of Westport Council Meeting, July 26, 2022 – update

At the Special Council meeting held on July 26, Council decided to withdraw its zoning by-law amendment to increase lot coverage village-wide from 35% to 45%. Public meeting on Tuesday, August 2 will be cancelled.

Members of Council better understand the challenges of storm water management in the part of the Village that does not have modern storm water infrastructure and recognize the issue requires more planning and study. The zoning by-law amendment was put forward with the best of intentions, however it has been withdrawn and Council has asked staff for recommendations on what can be done to better manage storm water run off into the Lake.

Members of Council appreciate the residents who voiced concerns and suggestions over the past couple of weeks

You can watch the full meeting on our Youtube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fs2y1g5jXLiioR0KdDgbA

UPDATE ON LOW WATER LEVELS IN SAND LAKE

Town Hall received many calls this week inquiring about the low levels of Sand Lake and Mill Pond. Staff work their way through the different government offices and finally found the person with the answers – the Integrated Resource Management Technical Specialist from Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. MNRF were on site Thursday and inspected the pond and today provide us with the below statement. We expect that the levels will come up soon and your concerns will be addressed.

With recruitment of staff and transition of roles, we have been in the process of refining our approaches and communications around dam operations.  As such, the valve at the hatchery wasn’t closed as much as it should have been during reStcent operations.  We have since taken steps to minimize further impacts, and we will continue to monitor the status of levels on an ongoing basis until more rain is received.

Village RFP for Canteen at the WTC Communications Centre

With the Junior C League playing at the WTC Communications Centre, we hope to open the Canteen. Please share with those you think might be interested.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – OPERATION OF THE CANTEEN AT THE WTC COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE 

  • Full use and operation of the canteen facilities within the confines of the premises known as WTC Communications Centre. Operator will pay an amount agreed upon to the Village of Westport for a leased term of the 2022-23 season
  • The canteen is expected to be open during all organized sporting events and special events as required. The season is to begin September 15th (or the beginning of the minor hockey season) is expected to run to March 31st
    • A pre-planned ‘Calendar of Events’ will be agreed upon by the operator and the Village
    • Of primary importance, would be the servicing of all junior and minor hockey games, tournaments, special events, etc. This would average out to approximately 20 hours per week.
  • A viewing may be arranged (by appointment) of the premises prior to proposal submission. 
    • Limited kitchen equipment, as well as a fridge, freezer and fryer all provided

Sealed proposals marked ‘RFP-2022-01 – Canteen Services Proposal’ will be received by the undersigned until July 12th, 2022, at 11:59 am. Proposals will be accepted by regular mail, personal delivery, fax, or electronic mail. 

The successful vendor will provide proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance of not less than $2,000,000 listing the Corporation of the Village of Westport as additionally insured. WSIB coverage, or its equivalent is required. 

In addition, at least one person working the canteen must possess a valid Food Handler Certificate for each shift. 

Two positive references required, to the satisfaction of the Village of Westport. Awarding the contract is conditional upon the proponent entering into a contractual agreement with the Village of Westport, subject to negotiated terms.

Kimberly Westgate, CAO/Clerk
30 Bedford Street
Westport, Ontario, K0G 1X0
Phone: 613-273-2191
Fax: 613-273-3460
Email: cao@villageofwestport.ca 

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