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March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates — 应对新冠疫情最新消息 – 2020 年 3 月 24 日

COVID-19 Updates – March 24, 2020

Following yesterday’s Daily Update, I want to thank those of you who have reached out and offered to help someone in need in our community.

If you are in need of assistance with picking up groceries and essentials, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be reached by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net or by phone at 416 392 1374.

Some of you have asked me to share numbers of COVID-19 incidents. I will not share these numbers however if you still wish to see what is happening:

International: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

Canada: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

 

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR KIDS TO PLAYGROUNDS

 

With so many children out of school and daycare, it’s no surprise some parents prefer to practice social/physical distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak outdoors.

But in the midst of increasing calls for social/physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine, some parents are still taking their children to playgrounds.

This is not the time to take your children to the playground.

 

Children aren’t likely to follow the procedures needed for hygiene (washing hands, not touching face), and they are equally unlikely to adhere to social/physical distancing protocols.

We can’t control what others touch and what surfaces have been cleaned.  It’s also challenging to prevent children from touching their faces after going down a slide or swinging across the monkey bars.

 

It’s not worth the risk of children contracting COVID-19 or contributing to the spread.

 

We still have a lot to learn about this particular virus, but we do know that it is stable on surfaces like steel and plastic. Even if your child is the only one on the playground, there is still risk of transmission because we don’t know who was there before; they could bring something home to their family members.

As a parent, and grandfather, I urge you to please keep your children away from playgrounds; for their safety, the safety of other family members and the community at large.  As difficult as this may be, we all have to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

City of Toronto

  • For property owners who have submitted post-dated cheques for upcoming property tax instalments, post-dated cheques will be held and not cashed until 60 days after the original instalment due date – for example, post-dated cheques intended for the April 1 instalment will be cashed on June 1, and post-dated cheques for the May 1 instalment will be cashed on July 2, 2020.  Any other post-dated cheques received before May 1, 2020 will be held for a period of 60 days from the date of the cheque before being cashed.
  • Toronto Hydro has suspended disconnection of electricity.
  • To view the full list of relief measures for individuals and families pertaining to Property Tax and Utility Bill extended deadlines, as well as financial assistance programs that could help with paying bills, please click: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/economic-support-recovery/economic-support-recovery-for-individuals-families/

 

Government of Ontario

  • The Provincial Government enacted a new order under the March 17, 2020 Declaration of Emergency to keep staff, volunteers and residents in long-term care homes safe. Under this temporary order long-term care homes will be able to respond to, prevent and alleviate an outbreak of COVID-19 by carrying out certain measures. For a full list of measures, please click on this link: https://news.ontario.ca/mltc/en/2020/03/ontario-implements-enhanced-measures-to-protect-the-safety-of-residents-in-long-term-care-homes.html
  • Long-term care homes continue to restrict non-essential visits and actively screen essential visitors, staff, students, volunteers, residents moving into a long-term care home and residents returning to a long-term care home.
  • The Chief Medical Officer has also issued a new directive that restricts residents from leaving a home for short visits with family and friends. Residents who want to go outside will be able to remain on the home’s property and maintain safe social distancing from any family and friends who visit them.
  • The Provincial Government is providing immediate electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use rates:
    • For a 45-day period, the Government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 ¢/kWh
    • Reduced price will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all time-of-use customers.
    • Discount will be automatically applied to electricity bills without the need for customers to fill-out an application form.
  • Tribunals Ontario has communicated that “No new eviction orders will be issued until further notice” due to inability to enforce and hold hearings. Even if a landlord gives written notice, the tenant does not have to move out.
  • The landlord must first get an order to end the tenancy from the Landlord and Tenant Board– this usually includes a hearing where the tenant can present concerns.

 

Government of Canada

  • House of Commons reconvenes today to pass emergency legislation. The Prime Minister has been working with Opposition Leaders to ensure this Bill passes.
  • Flights from Morocco, Peru, Panama, Tunisia, Ukraine, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Spain are expected to be arriving in the coming days.
  • After speaking with the Premiers of all provinces, it has been decided that there is no need for the Emergencies Act to be invoked yet. The Federal Government and provinces will work together to ensure each province has enough medical supplies to fit demand.

 

应对新冠疫情最新消息 – 2020 3 24

 

在昨天的每日更新之后,我谨向那些无私地伸出援手、为我们社区有需要的人士提供方便的志愿者致以衷心感谢。如果您在购买杂货和生活必需品方面需要协助,请随时寻求帮助。您可以通过电邮jim@karygiannis.net或电话416 392 1374与我联系。

 

有些居民希望我分享新冠肺炎确诊数据。我不会分享这些数据,但如果您想了解疫情:

全球: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

加拿大: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

 

请不要带孩子去儿童游乐场

 

这并不奇怪,在新冠疫情期间有这么多孩子离校或无法去日托,一些家长喜欢把孩子带到户外以实现社交/身体距离。

然而,尽管保持社交/身体距离和自我隔离的呼声日益高涨,一些家长仍然带他们的孩子去游乐场。

现在不是带孩子去游乐场的时候。

 

儿童不太可能遵循卫生健康规律(洗手,不触摸面部),他们也不太可能去履行保持社交/身体距离的要求。

我们无法控制他人触摸什么或者哪些表面已得到清洁。 孩子从滑梯上滑下或荡完单杠上的秋千后,防止孩子触摸面部也是一项挑战。

不值得去冒这种有可能让孩子感染新冠病毒的风险或加快疫情传播。

对于这种病毒,我们还有很多未知数,但我们知道病毒会在金属或塑料等表面存活。即使游乐场上只有您孩子一个人,仍然有被感染的风险,因为不知道之前谁在那里;他们还可能导致其他家庭成员被感染。

作为一位父亲和外祖父,我敦促您,为了他们的安全,为了家庭其他成员和整个社区的安全,请让您的孩子远离游乐场。尽管可能很难,但我们须尽最大努力来遏制新冠病毒的传播。

 

多伦多市政府
对于已呈交预开支票以支付物业税分期付款的业主,政府将延缓兑现支票,直至原先分期付款到期日的60天后才会兑现支票 — 例如, 4 月 1 日分期付款的预开支票将于6月1日兑现,5月1日分期付款的预开支票将于2020年7月2日兑现。 在2020年5月1日前收到的所有预开支票,都会推后 60天兑现。

 

安大略省政府

 

  • 省政府根据2020年3月17日的紧急状态令颁布新令,以确保长期护理中心的工作人员、志愿者和院友的安全。根据这项临时令,长期护理中心将能够采取特别措施,对新冠疫情爆发作出反应、预防与缓解。有关完整列表,请点击此链接:
  • https://news.ontario.ca/mltc/en/2020/03/ontario-implements-enhanced-measures-to-protect-the-safety-of-residents-in-long-term-care-homes.html
  • 长期护理中心继续限制非必要探视,并积极检查必要的访客、工作人员、学生、志愿者、迁入长期护理中心的院友以及返回长期护理中心的院友。
  • 首席医务官亦发出新指南,限制居民离家短暂探访亲友。想外出的居民,可以留在其物业里,并与探访他们的亲友保持安全社交距离。
  • 省政府正在为使用高峰费率的家庭、小型企业和农场调低电费:
    • 在45天内,省政府会设法暂停使用高峰费率,会将电费维持在10.1 ¢/kWh非高峰费率。
    • 所有使用高峰费率的客户每周 7 天、每天 24 小时均可使用非高峰费率。
    • 降低的费率将自动体现在电费单上,无需客户填写申请表。
  • 安大略省仲裁法庭已通知,由于无法执行和举行听证会,“在进一步通知以前,不会发布新的驱逐令”。即使房东发出书面通知,房客也不必搬离。
  • 业主必须先从业主与租客委员会取得终止租约的裁定,才能够中断租约。这通常会经过一个听证会,在这个听证会上,租客有权提出他们的忧虑。

加拿大联邦政府

  • 众议院今天复会,通过紧急立法。总理致力于与反对党领袖合作,确保该法案得以通过。
  • 来自摩洛哥、秘鲁、巴拿马、突尼斯、乌克兰、萨尔瓦多、厄瓜多尔、危地马拉、洪都拉斯和西班牙的班机预计在未来数天内相继抵达。
  • 在与各省省长交谈后,政府决定目前还没有必要援引《紧急状态法》。联邦政府将与各省同心协力,以确保每个省都有足够的医疗物资,以满足需求。