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Office of the Mayor and Council update
April 20, 2021


 

Ontario Science Table suggests ways to move forward

Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams stated yesterday that by decreasing our mobility, we can minimalize, reduce and eliminate our exposure to the variants of concern, which are fueling the third wave of the pandemic and, as noted by the Ontario Science Table today, are in some ways creating a new pandemic.

Staying local is essential to bend the curve in Halton where our hospitals are operating at a high capacity due to taking patients from other, harder hit public health units.

The Globe and Mail has reported:

"Osler has transferred out 565 patients since mid-November, according to data provided by Ontario Health as of April 18. Scarborough has transferred 363, Trillium 298 and Humber 236. The hospital networks that have received the most patients are Sinai Health System in Toronto (185), Halton Healthcare Services (265) and Mackenzie Health (335), which includes the new Cortellucci Vaughan hospital, designated exclusively for COVID-19 patients."

Today, the Ontario Science Table released a document outlining the way to move forward through the pandemic. Reading it and following the advice applicable to you will help keep you and your loved ones safe and work towards making a collective difference for the community.

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Greater Toronto Airports Authority Noise Management forum materials now available


Materials from Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s (GTAA) April 13 Noise Management Forums, as well as from the Neighbourhood Table meeting and Pearson Public Meeting are now available online at www.torontopearson.com/nmf.

The Noise Management Forums are one of the ways the GTAA updates the public on the progress being made to deliver on the 2018-2022 Noise Management Action Plan and keep the community updated about aircraft operations. Within this document the GTAA outlines the commitments it is making to the community, what goes into noise management and a high-level timeline of implementation.

The Political Briefing is where advance updates with officials from all levels of government are shared, while the Neighbourhood Table is the forum for engaged community stakeholders, and the Pearson Public Meeting is open to all residents. 

The next round of Noise Management Forums will be held in September 2021.
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Act locally, think globally this Earth Week


Earth Week is the world’s largest environmental movement that highlights sustainability and environmental protection.

We can all act locally while thinking globally and I encourage you to do something in our community to make a difference and participate in some of the many local events from the safety of your home while following all of the province’s state of emergency and stay at home orders.

To see today’s updated COVID-19 statistics for Oakville from Halton’s Public Health Unit CLICK HERE
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Halton COVID case counts

There are currently 327 Active Cases in Oakville and 53 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).
 
Confirmed cases in Halton increased by + 152 from 13098 to 13250, with + 49 new confirmed cases in Oakville from 4184 to 4233.
 
There were + 45 new reported recoveries in Oakville from 3938 to 3983 and + 147 new recoveries in Halton from 12327 to 12474.

Ontario is reporting 3,469 new cases today, bringing the total to 424,,911. Of those, 374,213 are resolved with 7,757 deaths. Currently there are 2,360 patients in hospital, 773 of whom are in ICU with 537 of those on ventilators.

Comparing Halton to GTHA - Case Numbers

Source: Public Health Ontario
Halton COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard
The indicators are based on the Ontario Public Health Unit Core Indicators for COVID-19 Monitoring, with targets adapted to the local Halton context and population. Together the indicators are intended to provide an overall snapshot of current local data on the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the community informed and assist with local decision-making.

Canada COVID case counts

As of this morning, Canada had reported 1,135,254 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 88,411 considered active. A tally of deaths stands at 23,689.

As of early Tuesday morning, there have been more than 142.1 million new cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than three million.

COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Halton's COVID-19 vaccination program

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario

As of Tuesday at 11:44 am CST, more than 10,407,798 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Town of Oakville Announcements

Update on town services in response to Province’s extended Stay-at-Home order


 
The province announced new stricter emergency measures in an effort to combat COVID-19, including extending the Stay-at-Home order. These stringent provincial restrictions will be in place for all regions of Ontario, including Halton Region.
 
“Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health stated yesterday that by decreasing our mobility and that by adhering to the strong measures we can minimalize, reduce and eliminate our exposure to the variants of concern,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “As more people are vaccinated, we are moving closer to getting back to seeing family and friends in person. In the meantime, continue to follow the advice of health experts. Let’s continue to be kind to each other, keep our spirits up and remain vigilant in following public health advice. We have come too far to let our guard down now.”
 
The Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential reasons including getting vaccinated.
 
Further restrictions include but are not limited to:

  • Closing outdoor recreational amenities
  • Prohibiting 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.
  • Reducing capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted.
  • Limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors
As a municipality, the town must abide by the provincial order and had to close a number of our outdoor recreational amenities.
 
Recreation Services, Parks, Amenities and Facilities
Town of Oakville Recreation and Culture facilities remain closed with limited exceptions.
All in-person programming has been cancelled. 
 
Outdoor recreation amenities that are closed include: sports fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, skateboard parks, outdoor fitness equipment and picnic areas.
 
Playgrounds and off-leash dog parks remain open. Community gardens are scheduled to open by pre-booked appointment only on May 1. Physical distancing must be maintained.
 
If you need some fresh air and activity, it’s okay to walk, cycle or jog through your neighbourhood park or trail, but outdoor gatherings in all town parks are limited to members of the same household. Those living alone may join one exclusive household.
 
Please stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone else in the park or on a trail and take your waste home with you to dispose of it. Options to stay active at home are available on oakville.ca. Visit our Virtual Programs page for online recreation opportunities.
 
Marinas / Boat launch
Marinas are open only for repairing or servicing boats or other watercraft, and/or placing boats or watercraft in the water to be secured to a dock until the marina is open to the public. Public boat launches are closed. Please visit oakville.ca/harbours for details.
 
Library
Oakville Public Library remains open for contactless takeout (holds pickup) services by appointment only, computer access by appointment only and offers many online programming options. Visit opl.on.ca for details.
 
Oakville Transit
Oakville Transit will continue to run a modified essential trips only service including trips to vaccination clinics. The transit terminal at Wyecroft Road will remain open to provide PRESTO services including SPLIT passes. Transit schedules are available online at Oakville Transit.
 
Weddings, Funerals, Cemeteries
Weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings associated with these events are limited to members of the same household (or 1 other from outside that household who lives alone).
 
Marriage licences and commissionings are offered in person by appointment only.
 
Town Hall
Town Hall, and the ServiceOakville customer service desk remain closed. Please visit oakville.ca to access a variety of town services online. For inquiries, contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or service@oakville.ca.
 
Enforcement
The town’s municipal enforcement officers strive to make our community safe for all people. Our officers continue to focus primarily on education and warnings of provincial Stay-at-Home orders to support the public health emergency.
 
“Throughout the pandemic, our enforcement officers and parks ambassadors have been working to educate the public and ensure provincial regulations are followed to help keep our community safe. Please do your part and be respectful of the regulations and the officers who must enforce them,” said Jim Barry, director, Municipal Enforcement Services.
 
Town staff continue to review the latest orders and any further impacts to town operations will be posted online as soon as possible. Follow us on Facebook, Instragram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information.
 
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Town of Oakville partners with Grandmothers Voice to bring Planting our Seeds program to Halton Region

 

Virtual program explores local Indigenous history, connections and community
 

The Town of Oakville is proud to partner with Grandmothers Voice to present Planting our Seeds, a virtual program that celebrates Indigenous culture and community, as well as encouraging critical discussions about historical and contemporary issues facing Indigenous people.

“In a community where culture thrives, we’re excited to bring this unique program to the residents of Halton Region,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This program allows us to explore our community’s valuable Indigenous history and heritage through a lens that acknowledges the spirit and calls to action of reconciliation. Planting our Seeds provides a forum for that progression to happen.”

Led by local urban Indigenous leaders Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil, this free eight-week virtual program offers authentic insight into Indigenous peoples perspectives and experiences both locally and globally. Join us starting Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6 p.m. as we explore Oakville’s Indigenous history and treaties, as well as practical directions of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.

“We welcome urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents to listen, interact, and engage with Planting our Seeds subject matter in a way that is safe, accessible, and loving,” said Sherry Saevil. “Participants will learn how one culture can appropriately enjoy and celebrate another, and how we can evolve intentionally with this knowledge.”
Planting our Seeds program themes include:
  • Land and Treaty Acknowledgement.
  • Examining the current state of urban Indigenous members of the community.
  • Community discussion around the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
  • The resurgence of Indigenous voice, resiliency and culture.
  • Seeking reciprocity, community accountability and responsibility.
 
This free program takes place entirely online using the Zoom platform. Participants must have access to this virtual platform along with a webcam and speakers for optimal experience. Please visit oakville.ca to register. The program runs from April 29 to June 17, 2021.
Grandmothers Voice celebrates the diversity of Indigenous education across the country, shedding light on innovative and effective programs that are deserving of equitable support as called for by the TRC. Please visit grandmothersvoice.com for more information.

Honouring the Land and Territory
The Town of Oakville resides on the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas, Neutral, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The town acknowledges the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today.

Erchless Coach House renovation preserves Oakville’s History

 

If you’ve wandered the lush gardens of the Erchless Estate at the foot of Navy Street in Olde Oakville, you’ve likely walked by the Arts and Crafts Coach House. It is located at the northern border of the property, just west of the large white gates.
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Oakville residents invited to weigh in on Lakeshore Road West plan



The Town of Oakville is asking residents to weigh in on improvement plans for Lakeshore Road West that in their current form would result in the removal of nearly 100 mature trees.
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Ontario

Government of Ontario Announcements
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Statement from Ontario's Finance Minister on Canada's Budget 2021

 

Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario's Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, issued the following statement in response to the release of the federal budget:

"Over the past year, we have valued the level of partnership between Ontario and the federal government in order to support the people of Ontario during this unprecedented time.

From the Safe Restart Agreement to commercial rent assistance, our government's advocacy for Ontario has delivered real, meaningful support for people and employers across our great province. Our governments share a commitment to protecting people from this virus and beating the pandemic once and for all — and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Minister Freeland on the release of Budget 2021.

I am pleased to see that the federal budget shares the same priorities our government identified in our 2021 Budget last month — protecting people's health and our economy.

However, as the COVID crisis intensifies, we are disappointed to see there was no action announced in today's budget in several key areas — including stricter border measures to limit the introduction and spread of new, more contagious COVID variants that are causing the third wave, vaccine supply and improvements to the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.
In the face of weak border measures and limited vaccine supply, Ontario is doing what's necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. But the provinces can't beat this third wave alone. We need the federal government to do its part. We need more vaccines and tighter border restrictions to prevent more variants of concern.

We also need to protect essential workers who need to keep working during this crisis. For months, Ontario has been advocating for improvements to the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit. To protect their health and that of their co-workers when they're ill or worried they may have COVID-19, workers need to know that they have immediate access to this program.
We were also disappointed to yet again see no movement on enhancing the Canada Health Transfer (CHT). While collaboration and new funding has helped to address key challenges over the course of the pandemic, COVID-19 has also underscored some long-standing challenges facing the health system that require urgent action on the part of the federal government.
Enhancing the CHT remains one of our government's top priorities. Given the Prime Minister's acknowledgement in December, it is unfortunate that the federal government would not take this opportunity to meet the urgent, unanimous request of all of Canada's Premiers to significantly increase federal health care funding to cover at least 35 per cent of provincial-territorial health spending.
Currently the Canada Health Transfer covers less than 22 per cent of Ontario's health care spending and this share is expected to decline over the next decade, while demand for services increases. Ontario needs a stronger federal partner to ensure we can improve wait times, reduce surgery backlogs and provide access to more beds and better treatments and come out of the pandemic with a stronger, more resilient health care system.

I, along with our entire government, remain steadfast in our promise to protect people's health and our economy. We will continue to advocate on behalf of Ontario and strengthen our partnership with the federal government."

Select Ontario Pharmacies Offering 24/7 COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Province Increasing Access to COVID-19 Vaccines to Support At-Risk Communities


The Ontario government, in collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart, will offer 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals aged 40 and over at 20 pharmacy locations, with the majority located in hot spot communities.

As early as tomorrow, April 21, 2021, 20 Shoppers Drug Mart locations, including 16 in the hot-spot communities of Toronto, Peel and York Region, will begin offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine 24/7 to individuals aged 40 and over. When the province begins to receive more vaccine supply from the federal government, it will expand 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations to additional hot spot areas.

Additionally, the province is now enabling pharmacies to offer walk-in services. Ontarians should contact participating pharmacies to inquire as to whether they are offering vaccines by appointment, on a walk-in basis or both.

The province is continually expanding the pharmacy locations available to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Last week more than 700 pharmacies came on board across the province, bringing the total to over 1,400 locations. All eligible individuals can find a local pharmacy location offering vaccines through Ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine. In addition, many primary care providers are directly contacting eligible patients to book an appointment.
"Working with our pharmacy partners, we are ensuring communities who are most at risk are able to access COVID-19 vaccines conveniently, close to home and around the clock," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "Vaccines remain the best way to protect your health and the health of those around you, and I encourage everyone to sign up when it's your turn."

To help increase access to vaccines for those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacies in hot spot communities will receive additional doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. This is part of the government's commitment to dedicate 25 per cent of future vaccine allocations to hot spot communities across the 13 public health unit regions, targeting mobile teams, pop-up clinics, mass immunization clinics, hospitals and pharmacies.

As Ontario continues to ramp up capacity and expand its rollout to additional age groups and locations, the greatest challenge to Ontario's vaccine rollout remains a stable and reliable supply of vaccines. For example, the upcoming shipment of Moderna that was due to be received on April 19 is now delayed until the end of April or the first week of May. In addition, this shipment is being reduced from 448,400 to 235,700 doses. An additional shipment of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine, estimated to be approximately 389,000 doses was expected mid-April, and will now be delayed to the end of May. The Ontario government continues to explore all options to secure more vaccines and avoid a severe impact on the province's rollout.

"Increasing access to vaccines will limit the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the health and well-being of our families, friends and communities," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Everyone has a role to play when it comes to emergency response, and getting vaccinated is one more way people can make a real difference in stopping the spread of this deadly virus."
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Toronto, Peel to close businesses with 5 or more COVID-19 cases linked to the workplace

Toronto and Peel Region are issuing orders to force businesses with five or more cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks to close.

Peel's top doctor said closures will last 10 days if it is found that those infected "could have reasonably acquired their infection at work" or if "no obvious source" for transmission is identified outside of the workplace. 
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Windsor-area LHIN in line to receive 60 patients from Toronto, according to primary care doctors

 

An internal memo by the London Middlesex Primary Care Alliance says that Windsor and Erie-St. Clair will receive 60 patients from hospitals in Toronto and Hamilton.
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Science experts didn't recommend Ontario ban outdoor amenities, COVID-19 panel member says


Ontario's scientific experts did not advise Premier Doug Ford to ban the use of outdoor recreational amenities to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, a member of the COVID-19 science advisory table says.
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N.L. sending health-care help to Ontario, rest of Atlantic Canada mulling it over


After requests from Ottawa, Atlantic Canadian provinces are looking at how they might help Ontario as a deadly, record-breaking third wave threatens to overrun the province's health-care system.
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Masks will be mandatory at Ottawa playgrounds starting Wednesday

 

Ottawa's medical officer of health has stopped short of mandating masks in city parks, which was being mulled last week, but anyone over the age of two will have to wear them around playgrounds starting Wednesday.

The order covers children and adults on or within five metres of any sort of playground equipment, including swings, slides and sandboxes.
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As ICUs fill up, doctors confront grim choice of who gets life-saving care

 

Hospitals are shifting critically ill patients around, looking for any empty bed. Nurses and doctors are putting in exhaustion-defying amounts of overtime. Some provinces are opening new intensive care unit capacity.

But it may not be enough to stave off a point no one wants to reach in the pandemic — when only a handful of ICU beds remain but a greater number of patients need those spots.
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Ontario rejects efforts on paid sick leave, says expanding police power was mistake

 

The Ontario government rejected efforts to support essential workers with paid sick leave Monday while admitting its now-reversed moves to close playgrounds and grant police sweeping enforcement powers had been a mistake.
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Ontario's auditor general to look into how coronavirus vaccine hotspot areas were chosen


Ontario’s auditor general says her office will be reviewing data used to inform the provincial government’s vaccination distribution strategy as it takes a closer look at the Ford government’s COVID-19 immunization plan.
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Ontario’s Big City Mayors welcome investment priorities in the federal 2021 budget

 

The Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) caucus is pleased to see today’s federal budget focused on addressing large-scale policy priorities like housing affordability and childcare while also investing in municipal infrastructure priorities. Municipalities could not address these complex challenges without the ongoing support of the federal and provincial governments.

OBCM extends sincere thanks to Minister Freeland and Prime Minister Trudeau for preparing a budget that recognizes the ongoing need to support the municipal sector. In particular, the caucus would like to thank the government for the additional one-time investment of $2.2 billion in the Canada Community-Building Fund (previously named the Gas Tax Fund) which ensures municipal infrastructure priorities and improvements can go ahead as planned.

Ontario municipalities have been calling for additional investments in affordable housing strategies as housing prices continue to soar, making it harder and harder for Ontarians to afford homes. OBCM is encouraged to see an additional $1.5 billion allocated to the Rapid Housing Initiative which has supported the delivery of thousands of affordable units since the program’s launch in October 2020. The budget also proposes $600 million over seven years to renew and expand the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund and $315.4 million over seven years to the Canada Housing Benefit. These investments will go a long way in creating more affordable units and in supporting low-income residents with their rent payments.

In addition, the proposed Canada-wide early learning and childcare system and increased investments in childcare will go a long way in supporting Canadians, especially women, in getting back to work. The program will deliver $27.2 billion over five years to move to a 50/50 cost sharing system with provincial and territorial governments while working towards an average of $10/day by 2025-2026 for all regulated childcare spaces in Canada.

“The pandemic has proven that we can solve complex policy issues and improve the lives of our residents when all three levels of government work together. OBCM is thrilled the federal government has tabled a budget that recognizes the fight against the pandemic must extend into the future to ensure none of our residents or communities are left behind,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman, OBCM Chair and Mayor of Barrie. “OBCM is looking forward to continuing its work with the federal and provincial governments to support residents as we fight the third wave and move towards recovery.”

Ontario government asking foreign countries to send them coronavirus vaccine


A spokesperson for the Ontario government says that Premier Doug Ford has started reaching out to international allies in an effort to secure more COVID-19 vaccines.
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Canada

Government of Canada Announcements

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on April 20, 2021

 

On this difficult stretch through the COVID-19 crisis, we can gain strength from good news and focussing on the things we're grateful for. Over the course of National Volunteer Week, I have been reflecting on the many ways Canadians are helping to support their community. In Saskatchewan, the Regina Community Fridge is aimed at supporting neighbours, by providing free, fresh and healthy food 24/7 in an outdoor fridge, freezer and pantry space, where people can "take what you need, leave what you can". Regina Community Fridge volunteers acknowledge that some people have experienced stigma when accessing the Fridge, and make efforts to discourage discrimination towards community members. This reminds us that stigma and discrimination can act as a barrier to people seeking care, support and even essential material resources such as food. We all have a role to play in making environments free of stigma and discrimination so that all people have access to the supports and resources as and when they are in need.

As COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. At the same time, the Public Health Agency of Canada is providing Canadians with regular updates on COVID-19 vaccines administered , vaccination coverage and ongoing monitoring of vaccine safety across the country. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to reduce infection rates, while vaccination programs expand for the protection of all Canadians.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,131,773 cases of COVID-19, including 88,327 active cases and 23,667 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. They also tell us, together with results of serological studies, that a very large majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. As vaccine delivery ramps up at an accelerated pace, there is cause for optimism that widespread and lasting immunity can be achieved through COVID-19 vaccination. We now have multiple safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines with unique advantages that are authorised for use in Canada . Vaccine coverage is increasing across Canada, with benefits being seen in prioritized high-risk populations. Ramp up of vaccine supply and acceleration of vaccination programs will return further benefits to protect more Canadians, over the coming weeks and months.

However, with the current acceleration of COVID-19 activity and a concerning rise in the proportion of cases that involve more contagious variants of concern, strong public health measures and individual precautions must be sustained where COVID-19 is circulating. The latest national-level data show a 7-day average of 8,680 new cases daily (April 13 to 19), a 7% increase compared to the previous seven days. Sustained high infection rates are also impacting COVID-19 severity indicators, particularly in areas with elevated disease activity. The rise in severe and critical illnesses is placing renewed strain on the health system and healthcare workforce. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 3,868 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (April 13 to 19) representing a 25% increase over last week. This includes, on average 1,170 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU), which is 21% higher than the previous week. Mortality trends are also increasing, with a 7-day average of 44 deaths reported daily, which is 31% higher than the week prior.

While COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages in Canada, infection rates are highest among those aged 20 to 39 years of age. As well, we are seeing an increased number of adults under the age of 60 years being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including in ICUs. This is a reminder that serious illness can occur at any age and evidence indicates that variants of concern can be associated with more severe illness and increased risk of death . In addition, circulation of COVID-19 in younger, more mobile and socially-connected adults is an ongoing risk for spread into high-risk populations and settings and several jurisdictions have highlighted social gatherings as an important driver for spread. As of April 19, a total of 66,159 variant of concern cases have been reported across Canada , including 63,543 involving B.1.1.7 variants, 2,201 P.1 variants and 415 B.1.351 variants. These represent the tip of the iceberg, as there are many thousands more COVID-19 cases that have screened positive for problematic mutations. Although B.1.1.7, continues to account for the majority of variants of concern in Canada and has likely replaced the original virus in some areas, there has been a concerning rise in P.1 cases in recent weeks. Early evidence suggests that the P.1 variant may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, making it even more important to control its spread.

Canadians are urged to remain vigilant, continue following local public health advice, and consistently maintain individual practices that keep us and our families safer: stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms , think about the risks and reduce non-essential activities and outings to a minimum, avoid all non-essential travel , and maintain individual protective practices of physical distancing , hand, cough and surface hygiene and wearing a well-fitted and properly worn face mask as appropriate (including in shared spaces, indoors or outdoors, with people from outside of your immediate household).

Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert app to break the cycle of infection and help limit the spread of COVID-19. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination.

Canada's border restrictions to remain in place another month, at least


Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Canada’s international and U.S. border restrictions will be in place for another month, at least.
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Two-year-old becomes youngest person to die of COVID-19 in B.C.

 


British Columbia suffered another eight deaths related to COVID-19 over the weekend, and one of the victims was just two-years-old.
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National vaccine panel cancels briefing where AstraZeneca advice update was expected

 

As some provinces begin expanding eligibility for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) was set to release updated guidance about the usage of the two-dose viral vector injection on Tuesday but, without explanation, cancelled the scheduled announcement minutes before it was to begin.
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P.E.I. reports three new COVID-19 cases Monday; travel from outside Atlantic Canada suspended for four weeks


Prince Edward Island is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as officials announced several new measures to tighten the province's borders.
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International news

U.S. warns against travel to 80 per cent of world due to coronavirus

 

The U.S. State Department on Monday urged Americans reconsider any international travel they may have planned and said it would issue specific warnings not to visit roughly 80% of the world's countries due to risks from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Disinfecting surfaces to prevent COVID-19 often all for show, CDC advises

 

The risk of surface transmission of COVID-19 is low, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. Far more important is airborne transmission -- and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good.
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Science suggests low risk of outdoor COVID-19 transmission. Here’s why

 

In an effort to stem the tide of COVID-19, a blanket ban on outdoor recreational activities in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, has raised some questions about outdoor transmission.

Under tightened new restrictions that went into effect Saturday, Ontario ordered the closure of outdoor sporting facilities, multi-use fields and portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment. Picnic sites and tables were also closed.

But experts argue that the risk of COVID-19 spreading outdoors when compared to indoor activities is much lower.
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Food Banks experiencing record demand


Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville:
905-847-3988
oakvillefoodbank@gmail.com

Kerr Street Mission
905-845-7485
kerrstreet.com

The Salvation Army Oakville
salvationarmy.ca

 


Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures.
Learn more 

Oakville Fare Share Food Bank new hours

The demand for service at the Oakville Fare Share Food Bank have almost doubled over the last nine months and as a result, hours will increase to serve everyone.

The new hours are:
Monday 9.30 am to 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

This is an increase of two hours per week and will continue until at least the end of February 

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