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Dear Neighbour,

Today the provincial government released Ontario’s COVID-19 modelling revealing several scenarios that project the potential number of cases and deaths. I’ve included the key highlights below. It is important to keep in mind that the projected number of cases and deaths can be significantly reduced if people stay home and continue practising physical distancing.
 
As Dr. Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario said, “How this outbreak unfolds is in the hands of the public, in all of your hands. We can change the outcomes by how we all stay at home and physically distance ourselves.

 
I urge you all to continue to heed the recommendations of public health by maintaining vigilant physical distancing and 
hand-washing practices and staying home as much as possible. 
 

I want to commend the move to be transparent and releasing COVID-19 modelling. I join others in urging the officials to publicly release updated projections as well. You can view the complete slideshow on the modelling below.
 
If you took the COVID-19 self-assessment before March 27th, public health advises you to please take it again. It has been updated to include more specific instructions for people who have returned to Canada in the past month or have higher risks associated with getting COVID-19. As well, you can now get your COVID-19 test results online. Please find links to both tools below.
 
Finally, today Ontario announced it is shrinking the list of “essential” businesses allowed to stay open, something that we’ve called on the Ford government to do. By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on the updated list must close their physical locations. I’ve highlighted below the specific change around construction as that’s the top issue I’m hearing about with regards to this list.
 
I hope all of you have a restful weekend.
 
Wash your hands. Stay home (except if you must work). Be kind. We are all in this together.

Warmly,
Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park
COVID-19 Modelling Key Highlights
  • While COVID-19 impacts Ontarians of all ages, those over the age of 60 faces higher risk of severe disease leading to higher mortality rates. The data demonstrates the need to focus on public health measures on protecting seniors.
  • Had Ontario taken no action, the impact of COVID-19 would have risen to an estimated 300,000 cases and an estimated death toll of 6,000 people. 
  • Due to timely public health measures, Ontario has avoided much more dire impacts, preventing an estimated 220,000 cases and 4,400 deaths to date.
  • Over the course of the pandemic, between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19 are predicted with current public health measures in place, compared to a total projected 100,000 deaths if no action were taken. 
  • By taking further measures, Ontario can further reduce the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 down to projections as low as 12,500 additional cases and 200 additional deaths by the end of April.
 You can view the full modelling slideshow here.
COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
  • If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, please use the self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.
  • Severe symptoms: If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.  
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus, contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
  • Please note this information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner. 
  • You can access the self-assessment tool here.
Online Portal for Lab Results
  • Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19.
  • You can access the online portal here.
Essential Businesses List – Updates on Construction
  • The full updated list can be found here.
  • Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space. 
  • Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  • Critical industrial construction activities required for,
    • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
    • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
    • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Residential construction projects where,
    • a footing permit has been granted for single-family, semi-detached and townhomes
    • an above-grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed-use and other buildings, or
    • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
  • Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.
Reminder: For the most up-to-date information please visit Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Contact information is available on my website here.
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While our office will be closing to the public as part of our efforts to manage the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. 

Phone: 416-763-5630
Email: BKarpoche-CO@ndp.on.ca 
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