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Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- September 15th
Dear ,

As growing numbers of students head back to school and child care centres, we wanted to bring to your attention a new resource developed by the government to track cases in the education system. Click here to get the latest data on COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres across the province.  


Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Today, the government announced it is investing $2.5 million through the Ontario Together Fund in Guelph-based Linamar Corp. to support the retooling of its assembly line to manufacture ventilator components to produce 10,000 Ontario-made e700 ventilators.

Yesterday, the Ontario government returned to the legislature following the summer recess. The Premier provided an overview of the Ontario government’s legislative priorities for the fall, adding that more information would follow in the coming days. The government will continue to focus on health preparedness and economic growth and renewal following the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific priorities include:

  • Investing in Ontario’s health care system to ensure that the province is prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19 and for any future public health challenges;
  • Building Ontario’s production capacity for personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other medical gear;
  • Protecting families and vulnerable populations, and helping them get back on their feet as the province reopens;
  • Helping young people and workers receive the skills training they need to join the modern workforce and contribute to the province’s recovery;
  • Accelerating the construction of critical highway, transit and broadband infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost local economies;
  • Providing relief to “Main street” Ontario and small business owners so they can recover from the impact of COVID-19;
  • Expanding manufacturing by creating the conditions to bring investment and jobs to the province and Ontario-made products to consumers around the world.

During the press conference, in response to questions about the second wave, Premier Ford reiterated that every option remains on the table to slow the spread of the virus, including re-imposing stricter public health measures on a regional basis where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring, such as Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area. He urged Ontarians to continue to adhere to public health guidelines and to avoid large social gatherings.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott also noted that the government intends to release a robust fall preparedness plan in the near future.


Yesterday morning, the government announced an investment of $175 million through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province. This funding will include including $50 million for COVID-19-related and other urgent projects, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation spaces and negative air pressure flow rooms, and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario website.

Key Federal Updates
Early this week, the Liberal government is holding a 2-day Cabinet retreat in Ottawa to discuss fall priorities. Yesterday in speaking to reporters, the Prime Minister urged Canadians to be vigilant in following public health guidelines as COVID-19 cases climb across the country.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the Government of Canada website.


Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 45,068 confirmed cases (increase of 251),
40,091 resolved cases, 2,820 deaths and 24,339 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 47 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 19 are in ICU and 11 are vented.
To view these additional details: click here

Click Here to read the latest Ministry of Health Daily Report
**Please note, these reports are intended for health professionals only and we request that you not share this with the public.

World Health Organization Situation Reports are also available here

In the News
For an interactive map tracking all cases across Canada and internationally, click here
RPNs seeking opportunities to support COVID efforts can find postings on the following sites:

We encourage RPNs looking for employment opportunities to sign up on all the platforms noted above.

We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you for the important work that you're doing and the sacrifices you're making to keep Ontarians safe. We appreciate everything that you're doing each and every day.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tiff Blair at tblair@werpn.com

Sincerely,

WeRPN Team


 
 
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