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Town of Wasaga Beach COVID-19 Update

April 24, 2020 – Memorandum, Staff Update: COVID-19

Below are the highlights of the COVID-19 update the Town of Wasaga Beach provided to members of Council this morning

Information BulletinNo. 7: COVID-19

April 21, 2020 – Information BulletinNo. 10: COVID-19

The following is a statement from Mayor Nina Bifolchi.

Information BulletinNo. 10: COVID-19

March 27, 2020 – Information BulletinNo. 7: COVID-19

Town council implemented a series of important steps to make life a bit easier in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Information BulletinNo. 7: COVID-19

March 26, 2020 – Information BulletinNo. 6: COVID-19

Today, members of council approved implementing a number of steps to make life easier for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information BulletinNo. 6: COVID-19

March 25, 2020 – Reminder to be careful what you flush

Wet wipes, paper towels and facial tissues can clog pipes

We recognize that many residents may be increasing their use of disinfectant wipes, paper towels and facial tissues in response to COVID-19.

We would like to remind residents not to flush wet wipes of any kind. Despite what some packaging says, wipes are not flushable. Paper towels and facial tissues also do not belong in the toilet. These items cannot be flushed because they do not break down like toilet paper does.

If wipes, paper towels and facial tissues are flushed, they can cause blockages in pipes – which may lead to sewage overflows in your home or business.

Further down the line, these items can clog sewers and cause sewage overflows into streets and the natural environment. They can also cause costly damage to local wastewater infrastructure.

The only things that should be flushed are the 3Ps: Pee, Poo & (toilet) Paper. No exceptions. Please put used wipes, facial tissues and paper towels in the garbage.

Thank you for working with us to keep our community’s pipes and sewers clear and our wastewater infrastructure functioning smoothly.

Protect Your Pipes Client Info Sheet

March 25, 2020 – Wasaga Distribution: Changes in the Time of Use Rates

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020 residential and small business customers on time-of use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 cents/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the “off peak” pricing throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. The Government has indicated that it intends to keep the 10.1 cent/kWh pricing in place for 45 days.

March 23, 2020 – Information Bulletin No. 5 – COVID-19 Update

Press Release by the Mayor of the Town of Wasaga Beach

What you need to know

The world is currently experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic.
All levels of government, in partnership with public health authorities, are working to address the situation.
The Town of Wasaga Beach is taking several steps to ensure that municipal service delivery continues without interruption while protecting the health of our employees and the public
Public and staff health and safety is our top priority.

Click Here to read the full version on the update from The Town of Wasaga Beach.

A Message from the CAO: Mandatory Closure of All Non-essential Workplaces

Earlier today Premier Ford announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. The closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of all businesses (workplaces) that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow. At this time we don’t know if municipalities will be on the list.

The Command Group met this afternoon to discuss the situation and listen in on a conference call organized by the Province. Tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. I will be on a conference call with the Simcoe County CAO’s and then we have a Leadership Team meeting at 11:00 a.m. At the Leadership Team meeting we will be assessing the announcement from the Province, what our counterparts are doing across County, recommendations from the Health Unit and the potential impact on our operations from any decisions made. Department Heads have prepared Business Continuity Plans and will be referring to those to ensure that essential services continued to be delivered.

I hope to be in a position to provide a further update by mid-afternoon tomorrow on this quickly evolving situation.

In closing, I want to share an article of appreciation of the work you do that I came across today. I could not have said it better myself: Local Heros Shine During Coronavirus Crisis

Be well and be informed.

Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Response to COVID-19

News Release

Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Response to COVID-19

Emergency Sitting Sees Two Critical Pieces of Legislation Receive Unanimous Consent

April 3, 2020

Today, the Ontario government released extensive COVID-19 modelling, revealing several scenarios that project the potential number of cases and deaths. In doing so, the province is providing the public with full transparency about the consequences should everyone but essential workers fail to stay home and practice physical distancing.

Ontario Provides Full Transparency by Releasing COVID-19 Modelling

April 3, 2020

Read the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Revised List of Essential Workplaces

March 30, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

March 25, 2020

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659

March 23, 2020 For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein. This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

List of Essential Workplaces

March 23, 2020 With the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has now launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool. This new easy-to-use tool takes the public through a series of questions to inform those who are concerned they may have contracted COVID-19. In a matter of seconds, this tool will help people determine if they are negative or it will provide them with guidance on where to seek care based on their needs.

Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports

March 22, 2020 Today, the Ontario government announced a new order under the March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency to ensure health care resources are available to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep individuals and families safe. This temporary order would give hospitals the ability to cancel and postpone services to free-up space and valuable staff, identify staffing priorities, and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans.

Ontario Takes Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Health Care Resources are Available to Contain COVID-19

Enhanced Health Care Coverage Critical to Support Efforts to Contain COVID-19

Ontario Expands Coverage for Care

Office of the Premier

TORONTO ― Today, the Ontario government took unprecedented action to respond to COVID-19 by convening an emergency sitting of the legislature and passing two pieces of legislation which will protect the jobs of employees who self-isolate or quarantine, help keep store shelves stocked and give municipal councils the flexibility to continue operations while maintaining social distance.

Click Here to read the full article from the Ontario Government.

Regional Tourism Organization 7 Update Regarding COVID-19

March 24, 2020 Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government will be ordering at-risk workplaces to close down, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models. At the same time, the government reminds businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

List of Essential Workplaces

March 20, 2020 Today, the Ontario Legislature passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

Read full length communication: Amendments to the Employment Standards Act

March 20, 2020 Today, Premier Doug Ford joined Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education to launch the first phase of Learn at Home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home

March 17, 2020 Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public TORONTO – Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.


Click Here to read the full  the full article from RTO7. Check back with this link often to receive updates.

Wasaga Beach and COVID19 Screening Process 

The COVID19 screening process has been developed. Starting Monday, each staff member, contractor and visitor will be required to participate in the process. Each facility will have a screening station at its staff entrance door. The screening questions are attached for your reference. Once you have performed the screening process you will document your participation in the supplied log.

Department heads will be responsible to ensure that all staff participate in the screening at the beginning of each shift.

Also attached are a few infographics that I have found particularly helpful. See the links below.

Town of Wasaga Beach COVID-19 screening for employees and visitors (pdf document, updated Mar 20, 2020)

Know the difference between self-monitoring and self-isolation (pdf document)

 COVID-19 Info Sheet – Town of Wasaga Beach and the Wasaga Beach Fire Department

Fact sheet of self-monitoring (pdf document)

Fact sheet on self isolation (pdf document)

Link to Simcoe Muskoka Health info on COVID-19

Link to Province of Ontario website info on COVID-19

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Area partners launch donation campaign for urgently needed PPE and supplies for local health care providers

March 30, 2020 – Municipal and health partners in Simcoe and Muskoka, including the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, are working together to launch a donation campaign for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies that are essential for the provision of safe medical and community care to patients and residents in our region. Health and emergency services, such as paramedicine, long-term care, home and community care, hospitals and public health, have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and have dramatically increased their use of PPE to protect residents, patients and health care workers. To counteract this rapid increase in demand for medical supplies and equipment, health partners are working collaboratively to implement a donation campaign to leverage strong local business and community ties and utilize all available stock within our community.

Read the entire PDF document

Message from the Medical Officer of Health

On March 17, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency to reduce the
spread of COVID-19 and preserve health care system capacity in the province. This
action, which requires the closure of some businesses and establishments, was taken in
consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and is in follow-up to the
statement made March 16.

Read the March 20, 2020 Stakeholder Update – PDF Document

County of Simcoe

COVID-19 service updates to support residents and front-line workers

Midhurst/March 20, 2020 – As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County increases, the County is reminding residents to follow the advice of public health experts to help protect our residents and front-line staff who continue to provide essential services. Following best-practices outlined by public health officials will help flatten the curve, limit the impact of COVID-19 on our health care capacity, and speed up recovery.

COVID-19 service updates to support residents and front-line workers – PDF Document

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