Today the province released some sobering statistics and modelling created by leaders in public health. These numbers showcase a number of potential scenarios with potential expected death tolls in the thousands.
What was most striking to me is just how much of a difference we can make with our actions as a community. Maintaining our physical distance from one another, only going out when it is essential and washing our hands regularly can save thousands of lives. We're looking a projected death toll in Ontario between 3000 and 15000 - every right decision you make will keep us closer to the lower number.
Our community has stepped up already – and we absolutely cannot lose sight of our goal.
Stay inside and stay safe. We’re going to get through this.
I also want to say a huge thank you to all of our front line health care workers who are working incredibly hard in exceptionally difficult circumstances to save lives and keep us safe.
We’ve had members of our community reach out to us about a way that we can let them know how appreciated they are – by stepping out onto porches or balconies if you have one at 7:30PM each night to cheer on our health care workers.
I am encouraging everyone who can to participate.
I'd also like to say a special thank you to community member Honey Novick who I spoke with earlier this week. Honey had a special message to share with us all - to paraphrase: We must try our best amidst all this uncertainty to be thankful for what we do have, what we can access and the lives we will benefit if we continue to work together.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that tomorrow night we will have a free Grief Literacy Training happening online at 7PM. This is an opportunity for us to gain some tools on how to navigate any feelings of loss or grief during this unprecedented time. You can access the Zoom chat to participate by clicking here.
For more information: https://www.jillandrewmpp.ca/grieftraining
If you have a positive story from our community OR a virtual event you're hosting that you want amplified, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca
News and Daily Updates
Here are today’s new developments:
- After the NDP urged Ontario to release COVID-19 modelling data, the province released projections that show COVID-19 could cause between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths in Ontario overall -- to ensure we avoid reaching the higher end of that range, Ontarians are urged to maintain vigilant social distancing and hand-washing practices, and stay home as often as possible.
Ontario announced it is shrinking the list of essential businesses allowed to stay open, something the NDP called on the Ford government to do earlier this week.
- The federal government announced $100 million for food banks across the country, as Canadians face lay-offs and financial uncertainty.
Here are some concerns the NDP is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Andrea Horwath and the NDP would like more workplaces deemed non-essential, including allowing only construction that is truly essential.
- The NDP would also like to see projections updated and released publicly every 48 hours.
Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:
- While most people are working very hard to flatten the curve by staying home, we’re still hearing concern that non-essential gatherings and work continues.
Six Feet Away
A great member of our community has created a song to remind us of the important of maintaining our distance.
You can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vmFW_l4WjU&feature=youtu.be
Where to get updates on Coronavirus
For accurate information on COVID-19 - Public Health Agencies are the best sources.
Find them here:
Canadian Public Health
Public Health Ontario
Toronto Public Health
Find Mental Health Supports
Other Key Contacts and Resources
MP Carolyn Bennett
City Councillor Josh Matlow
TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin
TCDSB Trustee Norm Di Pasquale
Good Neighbour Project
Nia Centre for the Arts
Ontario Ministry of Health
Women 4 Us
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Ontario Arts Council
SPRINT Senior Care
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Toronto Community Housing
You can also find daily updates on my website