The COVID REPORT October 7, 2021 – business survey in Algoma, flying and long-term care

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 

The City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation have designed a survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 following a year and a half of disruptions due to the pandemic.

City Deputy CAO Tom Vair says the information gathered from throughout the Algoma District will be used to communicate needs directly to various levels of government to assist with providing post-crisis recovery.

He adds they also want to assess the number of employers with remote workplaces and workers and gain some insight from employers on the challenges and opportunities.

The October survey will be available until October 31, 2021, and can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Fall2021COVID19Impact_SSM  Respondents are asked to complete the survey only once and answer questions as accurately and completely as possible. The survey should take about fifteen minutes to complete. If you require assistance to complete the survey or have any questions, contact AWIC at info@awic.ca.

 

Funding personal care in long-term care

The province plans to enshrine, in law, its promise to provide four hours a day of personal care for each long-term care resident in Ontario by 2025.

Long Term Care minister Rod Phillips says legislation will be introduced this fall to make the pledge a minimum requirement.

Phillips says the government expects to reach the three-hour-per-day level by the end of next March, promising 270-million dollars to hire more than four-thousand new workers for the industry by then.

 

Stay safe this Thanksgiving

Medical experts are warning us that we must be cautious over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, and should be limiting our contacts with others to avoid another spike in COVID-19 cases.

That’s especially true this year, now that the more-contagious Delta variant dominates new infections.

Toronto’s chief medical officer of health is suggesting you ask your guests about their vaccination status before they arrive.

Doctor Eileen de Villa says if there are unvaccinated people coming to your celebration, then you might want to consider an outdoor event, to reduce the threat of infection.

 

Air travel and vaccinations

Air travel organizations are supporting the federal government’s policy that will require people travelling by air and rail to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of this month.

However, they say Ottawa has to get moving on a national vaccine passport.

The National Airlines Council says a proof-of-vaccine document that’s standardized across the country will be key to implementing the new rules.

The Canadian Airports Council says more details are needed about how the new regulations will be implemented especially a decision on who will be responsible for checking passengers’ vaccination status.

 

Photo: Vaccination passports will be a vital part of flying. Photo by Rosalind Russell.

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