The CORONAVIRUS REPORT FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

REPORTING LOCAL CASES IN SUDBURY & LMANITOULIN DISTRICTS
CASE ANNOUNCEMENTS

With expectations that the number of COVID-19 cases in the Sudbury & Manitoulin districts will continue to increase, Public Health Sudbury & Districts will post daily updates on its website. Positive cases will be posted in real-time, and numbers related to the following will be updated on specific daily time cycles: negative test results, cases currently under investigation with test results pending, confirmed positive test results, and resolved cases.

All public health units across Ontario work together as a system with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and other partners to investigate and respond to cases of COVID-19.

 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH COVID-19 ONLINE SELF-ASSESSMENT

  • Use the Ministry of Health self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts COVID-19 call centre

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone who has it, or would like general information about COVID-19, call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

  • Telehealth Ontario

Call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1.866.797.0000 (TTY 1.866.797.0007). Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited.

  • Your health care provider

Call ahead and tell them that you have a respiratory illness. You may be asked to wear a mask while waiting for or receiving treatment to prevent the spread of illness.

 

COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRES:

Important: These centres are for clients who require further assessment and possibly testing. Appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be seen. Not everyone will be tested. DO NOT present yourself at an emergency department or health care provider’s office.

Follow these instructions:

 

HEALTH SCIENCES NORTH (HSN) ASSESSMENT CENTRE

  • Clients MUST call 705.671.7373 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 7 days per week.

Assessment Centre online information

 

MANITOULIN HEALTH CENTRE (MHC)

  • Clients must call MHC (Mindemoya 705.377.5311, Little Current 705.368.2300). Calls are answered between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (seven days a week).
  • The MHC Centres are open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Assessment Centre’s online information

 

ESPANOLA AND AREA COMMUNITIES (MOBILE ASSESSMENT CENTRE)

  • For clients in Nairn, McKerrow, Massey, Sagamok, Webwood, Espanola, and Birch Island.
  • Clients MUST first be screened by Telehealth Ontario, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Family Physician’s Office, Sagamok Wellness Centre, or Birch Island Health Centre.

 

  • If you meet the screening criteria, your health care provider will give you the number for the COVID-19 Assessment Centre phone line.

Assessment Centre online information

 

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about the province’s response to COVID-19.

 

ALGOMA DISTRICT PROTOCOLS

“Given the transmission of the virus around the world, having a confirmed case in our region is not unexpected,” said Dr. Jennifer Loo, Public Health Algoma Associate Medical Officer of Health. “Across Algoma communities, our health professionals and partners across all sectors have been preparing for COVID-19.  Now, more than ever, we are asking all Algoma citizens to help prevent the spread of this virus, especially through the use of social distancing measures.” The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health continue to advise all travellers to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving back in Canada from international travel.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath).

To protect loved ones and those around them, Algoma residents who are feeling sick should stay home until they no longer have any symptoms.

If you are feeling unwell and have recently returned from travel,

Take a self-assessment online using the Ministry of Health self-assessment tool

Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000

Consult your family physician or nurse practitioner

Call Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404 or TF 1-866-892-0172, ext. 5404

If you need immediate medical assistance, please call 911, and tell first responders about your symptoms and any recent travel, so that appropriate precautions can be put in place.

To help protect the capacity of Algoma clinics and hospitals so that they can continue to care for those who need urgent treatment every day, please understand that COVID-19 testing is not recommended or appropriate for everyone.

Continue to encourage people to connect with trusted sources for COVID-19 information including the following websites:

algomapublichealth.com/covid-19

canada.ca/coronavirus

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19 ontario.ca/coronavirus

 

ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDS

The federal government is promising its new coronavirus assistance program will be up and running early next month.

Legislation, passed by the Commons and the Senate yesterday, will see 52-billiondollars in direct payments to individuals … almost double the original amount.

Canadians who lost their jobs, fell ill, are under quarantine, or have to stay home because of school closures, will be eligible for up to two-thousand dollars a month for the next four months.

It’ll be available to wage earners, contract employees, and self-employed people who don’t qualify for employment insurance.

There is also 55-billion dollars for tax deferrals for businesses.

The government expects an on-line application portal to be open by April 6th, with the money starting to flow around ten days later.

 

ASSISTANCE IN ONTARIO

The Ontario government is also providing more money to help those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a financial update yesterday, Finance Minister Rod Phillips says there will be seven-billion dollars in direct support to Ontarians, and ten-billion in business assistance and tax deferrals.

Parents will receive 200 dollars per child, $250 dollars for children with special needs to help cope with
extra expenses due to school closures.

More than 900-million dollars is being committed to hospitals, to help increase the number of acute and critical-care beds.

There is also 74-million dollars to purchase more protective equipment for healthcare workers.

Phillips says the pandemic will push Ontario’s the yearly spending deficit to 20.5-billion dollars.

 

ONTARIO BY THE NUMBERS

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of the coronavirus, with the number of active infections sitting at 667.

One new death is also being reported, bringing the provincial total to 13.

Provincial officials say test results are being prioritized for health care workers, long-term care patients, and those in homeless shelters, rural communities, and First Nations.

Ontario’s chief medical officer, Doctor David Williams, says only by obeying physical distancing rules can the spread of the virus be slowed.

He says the failure to do so is irresponsible for yourself, your family, and the vulnerable.

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

New restrictions are now in effect for Canadians returning from abroad.

As of midnight, all those arriving in the country, except those defined as “essential workers,” must immediately go into isolation at home for 14 days, whether they have symptoms or not … and they’re forbidden to stop along the way.

The new regulations also contain heavy penalties.

The maximum for failing to comply with the order are fines up to 750-thousand dollars … and-or six months behind bars.

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