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This week in the Legislature
We have shifted into the Orange-Restrict zone. This doesn’t change what we need to do. Why?
The behaviours of the virus do not depend on the current ‘zone’ of public health restrictions. And, to be perfectly candid, neither should ours.
Want to ease the strain on our healthcare workers? We can avoid gatherings, only socialize in-person w/those we live with & limit our non-essential outings.
Want to help ensure that once our local businesses reopen, they stay open? We can wear masks & physically distance.
Keeping schools open & as safe as possible? We can monitor ourselves daily and we can get tested & isolate if we have COVID symptoms (got kids? Ditto).
Helping those who are isolated or have been disproportionately affected? We must get our vaccine when our time comes.
The vaccine rollout plan (based on the current delivery schedule) will see the general population of Ottawa begin to get their vaccines in August.
Between now and then, we’ll be following our COVID-19 Vaccination Plan: http://ow.ly/icfy30rwpgr.
This means 2 things: there’s light at the end of this dark tunnel & we must do everything we can to keep that light bright.
It’s about knowing our actions now will pay dividends later.
And with the new variants, we don’t have a choice but to be as vigilant as we can, every day. These variants are new, but the ways to keep them at bay are not. We know how to do this, we just need to commit to it.
While our experiences of this pandemic haven’t been shared, we do have a shared goal.
And we can reach it together.
(Taken from OPH Facebook post:
Be Social WISE
Continue to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, wash hands frequently, socially distance 2 meters apart and stay home if you are not feeling well.
OPH recommends limiting gatherings as much as possible. In other words, limit gatherings to those who live in your household or those providing support services, such as a caregiver. If you live alone (single parent, student, etc.), one or two contacts outside your home can be important social supports to draw on.
The COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at the AMA Community Centre has opened.
AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Residents can book an appointment by calling 613-737-8193, however, same-day just in time arrivals can also be accommodated.
Similar to the model in Vanier, Sawmill Creek’s testing site extends beyond testing to many factors that impact work and life. It includes knocking on hundreds of doors to offer access to other supports in multiple languages, including health education, employment and income support. Plus, referrals to community organizations that offer culturally safe services to access basic necessities, including food and support to isolate if needed. This temporary testing site aims to serve residents who face barriers accessing other testing locations. This might include those who don’t have access to a car, residents who experience language barriers, or those who need additional supports to self-isolate. Residents who do not experience similar barriers are encouraged to access Ottawa’s other testing sites by booking an appointment on Ottawa Public Health’s website.