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

Ontario’s Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaign comes to LGL & WESTPORT this week-END

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

MEDIA RELEASE

Inspection Blitz Helps to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 and Keep Workers and Public Safe

November 25, 2020

The Ontario government launched a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. These campaigns will support the current efforts of police, municipal by-law officers, and public health inspectors to educate businesses and enforce the COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is pleased to welcome the Multi-Ministry Education and Enforcement Team to several communities on November 27 and 28, including Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls, Merrickville, Westport and Kemptville (if there is time).  Another visit will be organized at a later date for Brockville, Prescott and Gananoque, and Kemptville (if not already visited).

During the 2-day campaign provincial offences officers will be visiting local businesses (retail stores, restaurants, and gyms) to provide guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act

The campaigns are being carried out by a team of 18 provincial offences officers from across ministries. To date, over 1,000 workplaces have been visited in other communities across Ontario, and the response from business owners and operators has been overwhelmingly positive. 

During each visit, officers provide business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. Businesses will be emailed a report after the visit. These campaigns are developed in consultation with local health units and support Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework under the Reopening Ontario Act.

These inspections are primarily focused on education and outreach – confirming that businesses are doing the right things and keeping employees, consumers and the public safe and providing them the opportunity to contact public health for continued support. The most common areas of non-compliance during all campaigns to date have been improper mask use, lack of employee screening, and improper sanitization. Locally the Health Unit has received several complaints about the lack of proper physical distancing or overcrowding at our local retail and food service businesses.  There are more than 200 sector-specific guidance resources at Ontario.ca/covidsafety to help business owners and operators create their workplace safety plan.

For more information about operating a business during COVID-19, visit: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/business-re-opening/

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HERE IS THE latest update from land ark homes

Land Ark Homes gives back with donated trees.

The Land Ark Homes development, Watercolour at Westport, is progressing on the Derbyshire property in Westport. Visible progress begins mid-November with tree clearing where trees have grown onto the farmland. 

A natural corridor park on both sides of the creek will be maintained and will contain a five foot wide trail for the enjoyment of residents. As per conservation authority approved plans, the corridor will be 15 metres wide on both sides of the creek. Silt fencing will be going up to prevent erosion. 

Award-winning Land Ark Homes has a heritage of leadership in reforestation, which continues with the Watercolour at Westport project. For example, on their 2 acres estate lots in Ridingview Estates in Stittsville, Vance Farm, and Ridgeside Farm in Kanata, company policy resulted in the planting of 20 trees per home built in the former farm fields. This benefitted the environment, and contributed to the natural beauty of the land. Planting trees in the Watercolour at Westport neighbourhood is a key part of the strategy to steward the environment, and to blend new Westport with the beauty of the tree-lined streets in old Westport.

Additional steps are also being taken, in an attempt to mitigate impact on the environment: For every home built the company is donating $200 towards Tree Canada to help with Tree Canada’s Reforestation & Carbon Offsetting, resulting in the planting of 40 trees across Canada. Restoring forests helps wildlife habitat and helps fight climate change. These efforts make for cleaner soil, waterways and shorelines and helps capture millions of tons of carbon pollution.

The company has joined the Forest Stewardship Council, an international non-profit organization, dedicated to sustainable forest management.

Tree clearing and chipping will be noisy during daylight hours starting mid-November. Land Ark appreciates this will be heard by residents of Westport, and apologizes for any inconvenience caused, and wishes to let everyone know in advance.

Trees along the edge of the property also need to be removed to achieve Rideau Valley Conservation Authority water management features. Trees are mostly Manitoba maple and ash as cows pastured there did not like to eat these.

Some features, such as a storm water management pond with additional paths, will be created on the property. Others such as drainage swales behind the new cottage-style homes, will be created after homes are created, when trees can be planted in front of the homes and in the boulevards to make new Westport look like old Westport.

Land Ark appreciates partnering with the village and long-time members of the community allowing people to experience Cottage Life at Home.

The next step will be stripping and stockpiling topsoil in advance of frost. Road construction will commence January 2021. Model homes starting March. 

Plans and will be on the website March. Only 20 homes will be available for sale in 2021 in Phase1 as per the attached Zoning Plan.

For more information…

https://www.watercolouratwestport.com/

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Contact Stephen Rolston at stephen@watercolouratwestpot.com

looking for information re: women’s institute plaque at cenotaph

The Village of Westport has accepted an offer from an organization known as the National Wall of Remembrance, to restore the bronze plaque on the gates of Lockwood Park. This plaque was donated to the Village by the Women’s Institute for the Cenotaph. Attached is a photo from the Museum which depicts the plaque in its former glory. As you can see, some of the decorative features of the plaque have gone missing over the years and we would like to enlist the help of the public to identify what some of these features were.

The large crest in the center area of the plaque has been removed and we would like anyone that has a better photograph of this feature or anyone that simply knows what the crest represented, to come forward with information that could assist with the restoration.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact CAO Paul Snider at psnider@villageofwestport.ca or 613-273-2191 if you can help.

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