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Latest Stories

Province confirms 483 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 26 more deaths - April 9 10:56 a.m.

The province reported 483 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning. The total number of cases in Ontario is now 5,759. The number of deaths also went up by 26 to 200.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 8, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 5,759 N/A
Change from previous report 483 9.2% increase
Resolved2 2,305 40.0
Deceased3 200 3.5
Demographics
Male 2,623 45.5
Female 3,101 53.8
19 and under 141 2.4
20-39 1,464 25.4
40-59 1,996 34.7
60-79 1,412 24.5
80 and over 740 12.8
Testing
Total Tested4 88,698 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,208 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 632 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 264 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 214 N/A

Six Nations reports first COVID-19 death

Six Nations Chief Mark Hill says the community is grieving after reporting it's first death due to COVID-19. The loss comes less than two weeks after the first positive case was confirmed there, on March 28. There are currently eight positive cases in the territory . The community is restricting access with barricades.

Haldimand Mayor's Charity Gala put on hold

The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for putting another community event on hold in Haldimand. The Mayor's Ninth Annual Charity Gala set for May 22nd, has been postponed until November 6. The gala featuring David Wilcox, is to take place at Caledonia's Monthill Golf Club.

Province confirms 550 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 21 more deaths - April 8 10:43 a.m.

The province hit a new dubious record for COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. They reported 550 new cases, which is the highest one-day jump since the outbreak began. There are now 5,276 cases in Ontario. They also confirmed 21 new deaths bringing that total to 174. The province says 84,601 tests have been done, up 5,805 tests from Tuesday. The number of resolved cases also jumped by 450 to 2,074.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 7, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 5,276 N/A
Change from previous report 550 11.6% increase
Resolved2 2,074 39.3
Deceased3 174 3.3
Demographics
Male 2,433 46.1
Female 2,810 53.3
19 and under 129 2.4
20-39 1,369 25.9
40-59 1,851 35.1
60-79 1,300 24.6
80 and over 624 11.8
Testing
Total Tested4 84,601 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,102 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 605 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 246 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 195 N/A

Statement from Haldimand Mayor and Council - April 7 3:46 p.m.

I continue to be asked why the CMO does not release the numbers within the communities. Interesting enough someone said they were a Norfolk tax payer and deserve to know how many and where in Norfolk. I cannot stress this point enough. The numbers you see today truly does not matter, the virus is here, it is already among us all. It’s in your community and so wondering if that positive test is there today or not is academic. Your daily behaviours should not be any different today, tomorrow or next week. What you are doing today is not going to change the number of already projected deaths, and projected positive cases. It is going to give our health care a fighting chance to save some lives and get this under control. I saw a clip on CTV the other day, a Toronto Dr. Samir Sinha said. “Right now, this is really the calm before the storm. If people think that what we’ve been doing so far is painful, and the deaths we’ve seen so far are really it, NO!” He wants the public to know that “this is not a drill. “We know that the numbers are showing that in two weeks, our hospitals will be full,” he said. “We know that thousands of Canadians will die. And I’m not saying could die, I’m saying will die. “And all of us as health-care professionals, we know that us at the frontlines are putting our lives at risk. We are prepared to do so, and I don’t say that lightly.” “Are we scared? Absolutely,” he said. “Is this stressful? Oh my god, I have never felt this level of stress in my life. And we’re willing to do this and we’re willing to stand strong, but it’s harder to stand strong when you don’t know that every other Canadian has your back. It’s time that we all take heed and stand behind these great people. To provide some clarity on things and please understand are very fluid and can change before I post this update. As of this moment, cottage owners, those that pay the property taxes may use their cottages as we legally cannot stop them from doing so. It would require a provincial order and that has not happened yet. It is my suggestion to those people that while we prefer them to stay at their main home, that they pick a place and stay at one or the other. We would like to minimize the amount of back and forth as each time that increases the risk of contamination. As for renting your cottage, it is my understanding that there may be some direction coming, but at this time we are saying no to rentals, especially daily, weekend or weekly. I have been asked many times from those using the trailer parks to try to fit their situation into getting into the park. Let me very clear, all parks and marinas are ordered by the Province to be closed, unless and only if you don’t have any other residence in Canada for snowbirds. Absolutely no exceptions. The trailer park owner along with yourself will be fined if found to be in contravention. I cannot stress this enough and it will be heavily enforced. I have been told by some that there are plans or postings for garage sales in the next few weeks. I can’t believe that I am having to say this but if you are planning on a garage sale, please use your head. You will be fined much higher than what the treasure will bring you in sales. If you witness something that is in contravention to any of these new orders as set out it is your duty to protect your community and contact the following with names and/or license plates etc any information that would be helpful. You are not in the wrong and you are not to feel guilty. The guilty party is the one that is disrespecting you and everyone else and there is no patience left for those people. 1. OPP Hotline 1-888-310-1122 2. H-N Hotline 519-428-8019 Please do not call or send me or council members the information, as we are simply passing the information across to the hotlines as well and it would be more efficient for everyone to use the hotline. Furthermore it tracks all calls and cases which is important for enforcement. Anson Place update……the health unit continues to work with the home. Because it is a private entity, it is not simple to just backfill their short staff with those that work for the counties. Many efforts are being made to help them through this very difficult time. As part of the ongoing investigation that the HU is doing to try to determine the sources and there could be many for quarantine purposes. One theory is that the funeral that many attended could have been a source. People, please remember that all the people involved are local friends and neighbours and when pointing fingers, have some restraint in that no one would intentionally put people in harms way. We are fighting this together and we must stand together to be strong. Anyone of us can and will inadvertently pass this virus off to someone else. Casting judgement is unfair and inhumane. Every time you go on a trail or through the park or argue about your rights to go fishing, ride your ATV through public property, and/or snub every other order that leads you to stay home, take a hard look the attached picture. Remind yourself every time that you think it is OK to risk yourself, your families, your neighbours, think of those that are fighting for you…..maybe just maybe you can have the decency to fight for them and STAY HOME…….. Today, I know that you’re scared. So many unanswered questions. So much happening, so fast. I have always been the preacher of change and how hard it is for people to adapt to change, but even this is extraordinary. You are not alone in this, everyone is scared, everyone has fear, everyone thinking about the next days to come, no matter whether you are deemed essential or non-essential in the work force. How do we protect ourselves, financially, mentally, physically? Never before have any of us face such a mountain and all I can do is ask you to embrace the challenge and with the might of us all we will overcome and we will be sure to climb it and leave no one behind. What makes being Canadian, that pride runs strong here in Haldimand-Norfolk. I pose a challenge to you all today, our food banks, your friends, our vulnerable, are all in the toughest of positions as many continue to keep the shelves stocked with the basic needs. Each time you go out for your own needs, think of one person or a food bank that you can help. Instead of doing something just for yourself, do something for someone else. If we do this, even has simple as getting some coffees for those that are working, such as the people collecting our garbage, that fear within us will become the strength that make us all better in the end. We don’t have much control over the world’s state of affairs, and that can be frustrating, but we do have some control in deciding what elements of our lives we can influence. We can choose certain things to focus on in life and have a stake in the outcome. Be a part of the solution. Stay Safe……

Province reports 379 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 more deaths on Tuesday - April 7 10:47 a.m.

There are another 379 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario were confirmed on Tuesday. That brings the total in the province to 4,726. The number of deaths also increased by 21 to 153. Tuesday's number is up from Monday's increase of 308.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 6, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 4,726 N/A
Change from previous report 379 8.7% increase
Resolved2 1,802 38.1
Deceased3 153 3.2
Demographics
Male 2,211 46.8
Female 2,489 52.7
19 and under 120 2.5
20-39 1,263 26.7
40-59 1,663 35.2
60-79 1,168 24.7
80 and over 509 10.9
Testing
Total Tested4 81,364 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 691 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 614 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 233 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 187 N/A

Halidmand-Norfolk enforcement hotline receives more than 300 calls - April 7 10:45 a.m.

Over the past week, more than 300 calls have come into the Haldimand Norfolk hotline, to report COVID-19 bylaw abusers The Health unit says education will be used as a first enforcement tactic and most are getting the message and staying home. Norfolk has added bylaw officers, while Haldimand has deployed building inspectors to help bylaw officers across the County. Hotline number: 519-428-8019

Parents can now apply for a one-time payment from the province for financial assistance - April 6 2:04 p.m.

The province's 'Support for Families initiative' is now accepting applications. It's a one-time payment of $200 per child 12 and under, and $250 for those 21 and under with special needs. "This one-time funding will allow parents to access additional tools for our kids to use while at home and studying remotely," said Premier Doug Ford. "Our aim during these extraordinarily challenging times is to continue supporting those impacted hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario families," said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Parents already receiving Support for Parents payments through direct deposit will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application. Click here to submit an application.

Province reports 309 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 13 new deaths - April 6 10:40 a.m.

On Monday, 309 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the province. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 4,347. Thirteen more deaths were announced bringing that total to 132.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 5, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 4,347 N/A
Change from previous report 309 7.7% increase
Resolved2 1,624 37.4
Deceased3 132 3.0
Demographics
Male 2,054 47.3
Female 2,269 52.2
19 and under 107 2.5
20-39 1,167 26.8
40-59 1,537 35.4
60-79 1,077 24.8
80 and over 455 10.5
Testing
Total Tested4 78,796 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 329 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 589 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 216 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19
 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit applications now open - April 6 10:21 a.m.

If you lost your job or can't work, you can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. It will give those eligible up to $2,000 a month during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order not to crash the website, the government is asking you to apply based on the month you were born. Canadians born in January, February and March can apply Monday. If you were born in April, May or June you can apply Tuesday. If you were born in July, August or September you can apply Wednesday. If you were born in October, November or December you can apply Thursday. If you select direct deposit, you could see the money before the end of the week. More than two-million Canadians lost their jobs in the second half of March when businesses were either closed or forced to reduce their operations to help slow the spread of the virus. You can apply here.

Province projects up to 15,000 Ontarians could die from COVID-19 over course of pandemic - April 3 1:36 p.m.

Between 3,000 and 15,000 people could die from COVID-19 by the time the pandemic is over, even with protective measures in place, according to newly released provincial models. Projections released by Public Health Ontario on Friday suggest that, with no public health measures in place, that number would be as high as 100,000. However, Dr. Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario says several strong measures have already been taken by the province, including closing non-essential businesses, limiting social gatherings and limiting visitors at long-term care homes. He says the steps that have already been taken must stay in place to halt the spread of the virus, adding that additional measures could drive those numbers down further. He says the numbers are only projections and could change based on a number of factors. Donnelly expects the pandemic to last between 18 and 24 months.

Province reports 462 new COVID-19 cases on Friday - April 3 10:39 a.m.

On Friday, the province announced another 462 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total in the province to 3,255. Of those cases 67 people have now died which is 14 more deaths than Thursday. The number of resolved cases also rose by 192 to 1,023.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 2, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 3,255 N/A
Change from previous report 462 16.5% increase
Resolved2 1,023 31.4
Deceased3 67 2.1
Demographics
Male 1,579 48.5
Female 1,657 50.9
19 and under 82 2.5
20-39 945 29.0
40-59 1,178 36.2
60-79 821 25.2
80 and over 226 6.9
Testing
Total Tested4 66,753 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,245 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 462 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 194 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 140 N/A

Statement from Haldimand County Mayor and Council - April 2 2:39 p.m.

This will be the last time that I update the numbers here as they are changing every hour, if you would like to know you can go to the following link and it will be updated every morning at 10am. I must remind you that the numbers are not as important as the work we individually do reduce them. It is our duty to step up our game and ensure we are following the safest protocols to protect yourself, your family and your neighbourhood.

Positive Cases……34

Deaths…… 4

I keep getting asked the following questions. Can I go for drive or walk? If you are under quarantine, NO, if you are told to self isolate, NO, if you do not fall under those circumstances then yes but still practice social distancing. Can I walk on the trails/parks? If not under the above, yes but maintain social distancing and do your best to not congregate or socialize in large groups. Can I go to my girl/boy friends house? NO…..if you are not living with them and are currently maintaining separate residences than you must keep it that way. For split families…..As parents you need to come together on what is best for your children, not for yourselves and that means some tough decisions but the best one is the one that protects your kids and we cannot make that decision but only you in that situation will be guided by what’s right in this time. We are seeing people still shopping in groups; it is a suggestion today but may change that only one of you from your household should be picking up those needs. It is imperative that you protect your family and there is no need for you to bring your spouse or kids unless there simply is no other option to leave the kids at home. I have had many concerned about those shoppers coming in from out of town looking for those items that they cannot find in the city. It is frustrating I know, but the same can be said for many Haldimand residents who are heading into the city as well. It is my suggestion that you stay within the boundaries of Haldimand to fulfill your needs and yes I know that sometimes that there is no toilet paper, or ground beef. If we all simply take what is needed and not what is wanted then there will be enough for everyone. The only reason for leaving the County is because your work requires it. Leaving the County for any other reason is a risk that is unnecessary and we strongly advise to stay home and stay in Haldimand County. If you witness something that is in contravention to the NEW Ontario laws as set out it is your duty to protect your community and contact the following with names and/or license plates etc any information that would be helpful. You are not in the wrong and you are not to feel guilty. The guilty party is the one that is disrespecting you and everyone else and there is no patience left for those people. If you are found in contravention it comes with a min. of $750 fine. 1. OPP Hotline 1-888-310-1122 2. H-N Hotline 519-428-8019 Update on Trailer Parks…… The Ford government has responded with the same order we passed a week ago allowing parks to open only for permanent residences in the park. Ultimately as owners they have the option to open their park to snowbirds or not, it is their choice. There is NO daily or weekend/weekly camping and that will be strictly enforced by both the County and the Province. While it is scheduled that they open May 1st, I can say with certainty that that day will not happen and that the parks will be hopefully opening this year but the date is undetermined at this time. We are currently working on an order that will address cottage rentals etc. It is our intent to completely stop rentals for daily and weekend or weekly purposes until further notice. We are asking those that own cottages and live outside of the county to stay at their home as we do not have the resources to support them. If you are renting your property out on a daily or weekly basis, we ask that you cancel them now until June 1st and we will re- evaluate as that date approaches. The West Haldimand Memorial Hospital is not set to open a COVID Assessment Center as a drive thru at 420 Locke St in the parking lot. They are working through some processes with the Health Unit to ensure that the protocols meet the necessary requirements to protect the public and those working so STAY TUNED. It is by appointment only. You must still follow the process, contact your local physician, or through the Heath Unit. I Folks, if you are not picking up on the increased rhetoric from both the PM and the Premier, you are missing it, the rights we enjoy because of our forefathers fighting for us to have these privileges today will be taken away. Those of you in the minority continue to thumb your nose to everyone else will be the ones that turn things into a socialist state and it will be your fault that our mobility is completely restricted. Not the majority who is making the simple sacrifices of staying at home. There is group out in Dunnville that is going around and helping those celebrate birthdays, bringing a convoy of cars. Wonderful idea and just one way to bring a smile to a child who is not able to celebrate the same as we normally would. “Extraordinary outcomes require extraordinary efforts, extraordinary determination, and an extraordinary mindset”. Together we can achieve this and everyone together has to step up and do their part, please no more excuses, solve the problem and be a part of the solution. Don’t be the problem that robs us all of our well deserved summer. Stay safe…..

Province reports 401 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday - April 2 10:46 a.m.

Another 401 new cases were reported in Ontario on Thursday. The total number of cases in the province is now 2,793. The number of deaths reported also rose by 16 to 53. The number of resolved cases also increased to 831 from 689 on Wednesday.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 1, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 2,793 N/A
Change from previous report 401 16.8% increase
Resolved2 831 29.8
Deceased3 53 1.9
Demographics
Male 1,355 48.5
Female 1,421 50.9
19 and under 68 2.4
20-39 826 29.6
40-59 995 35.6
60-79 716 25.6
80 and over 186 6.7
Testing
Total Tested4 62,733 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 2,052 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 405 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 167 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 112 N/A
 

Another 426 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ontario Wednesday - April 1 11:16 a.m.

The province confirmed another 426 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. The total number of cases in the province is now 2,392. Of those cases, 689 are listed as resolved. Four new deaths were announced on Wednesday, bringing the total in the province to 37.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to March 31, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 2,392 N/A
Change from previous report 426 21.7% increase
Resolved2 689 28.8
Deceased3 37 1.5
Demographics
Male 1,189 49.7
Female 1,189 49.7
19 and under 55 2.3
20-39 724 30.3
40-59 850 35.5
60-79 608 25.4
80 and over 152 6.4
Testing
Total Tested4 57,874 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 3,135 N/A

More positive COVID-19 cases in Haldimand-Norfolk, three deaths at LTC home - April 1 9:54 a.m.

There are now at 27 people in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s according to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, who say at least 11 of those positive cases are in Anson Place, a long-term care facility and retirement home in Hagersville. The health unit says three of the Anson Place patients have died, however only two deaths have been linked to COVID-19. The facility is working with the health unit and has instituted new measures to decrease the spread of the virus. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai gave condolences to the families adding, “I am always saddened by a loss of life.”

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit launches COVID-19 enforcement hotline - March 31 3:13 p.m.

You can now report people and businesses who aren’t following the rules during the provincial state of emergency by calling a new COVID-19 enforcement hotline. “Despite repeated requests from elected officials – and orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health – people continue to gather in groups in public places,” says Kristal Chopp, Chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health and Mayor of Norfolk County. “These and other actions put all of us at risk, and will not be tolerated.” You can call the hotline at 519-428-8019.
The health unit is asking you to report a variety of issues including:
  • Non-essential businesses that are still open
  • Essential businesses that aren’t complying with necessary restrictions
  • Gatherings of five or more people
  • People using playgrounds, parks, piers or beaches
  • Any other violations of public health orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health or the province
The health unit is also reminding you that these kinds of situations should not be reported using 911.
You’re also reminded to stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential trips through the community, per the joint emergency declaration issued by Haldimand and Norfolk Counties on March 26. “I’m saying this in no uncertain terms: It is imperative that you stay home as much as possible,” says Chopp. “Doing so will save lives.”

Statement from Haldimand County Mayor and Council - March 31 3:12 p.m.

Positive Cases……29

Deaths………2

Many of you have asked for these updates and so for those that do not wish to read them, I am sorry but getting information out to the public is limited and if you feel that you are being directed or dictated too, it is unfortunate but there are the few that are taking the resources from many of us and they are the ones that put us all at higher risk. Whether it is from the PM or the Premiere or the local Mayors, the message is the same, STAY HOME, only go out for basic needs. The cases are doubling every couple of days and according to our Medical officer and we should not be surprised by those numbers. What we are experiencing today are numbers based on the number of delayed tests and further resulting from activities prior to schools closing and self isolation principles were applied. Do not focus too much on today’s numbers as they are tracking the national average and consistent, your attention should be on the numbers over the next couple of weeks as those will be the numbers that reflect all of our efforts this past couple of weeks. What does self isolation mean? Self-isolation is when you have been instructed to separate yourself from others, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home. If you are ill, you should be separated from others in your household to the greatest extent possible. What does quarantine mean? Quarantine Act is a bid to stop Canadians returning from foreign travel from flouting coronavirus isolation orders. That move made it against the law for returning travellers to defy the order to quarantine themselves for 14 days, full stop — no going for walks, no getting groceries, no checking in on friends to say hi. Skate parks, tennis courts etc are strictly OFF LIMITS. If anyone fails to with respect to the above and you witness such you have a duty to protect your community and contact the following with names and/or license plates etc any information that would be helpful. If you are found in contravention of any of the above it comes with a min. of $750 fine. 1. OPP Hotline 1-888-310-1122 2. H-N Hotline 519-428-8019 Update on Trailer Parks…… The trailer parks are non essential service and are subject to the same closure orders as everyone else. Let me be very clear that the our order specifically states that ONLY those that call their trailer their home and have no other place registered in Canada as their home are allowed entry to the parks. We have some of the best park operators around and I have spoken to many of the park owners and they share the same concerns as we all do and will be managing themselves accordingly. Ultimately as owners they have the option to open their park to snowbirds or not, it is their choice. There is no daily or weekend camping and that will be strictly enforced by both the County and the Province. If you own a cottage in Haldimand, we ask that you not use it. If you rent it we will be reviewing our legal options as a county on rentals. If you are renting your property out on a daily or weekly basis, we ask that you cancel them now until further notice. As mentioned yesterday by the Premier, if you are 70 or older, STAY HOME, that is the safest place for you, ask or help, there are plenty of volunteers out there that will pick up your groceries etc. The Haldimand War Memorial Hospital will be operating a COVID Assessment Center as a drive thru at 420 Locke St in the parking lot. It is by appointment only. You must still follow the process, contact your local physician, or through the Heath Unit if you are showing symptoms and through them they will book you an appointment starting Thursday April 2. I want to take this time to highlight some extraordinary people in your community. There are so many more selfless acts out there and they are all inspiring, Donna Pitcher making home made face masks for the taxi cab drivers in Haldimand. If you are a tax cab operator in need of a mask, contact Donna, or myself and we will get you one. Toni Hayes Powell who is taking the time tor recognize all those wonderful people out on the front lines, putting faces to names and allowing ourselves to learn a little about the great people who put themselves out there risking everything. Steve Fenton, of Battlefield International volunteering his staff and is currently working with our Chief Medical Officer on recreating a ventilator to help save those precious lives. I came across this quote that I would like to leave you with, “ sometimes we get so caught up in feeling misunderstood that we lose sight of the fact that we may be the ones who are misunderstanding what’s being told to us”. In these times words and comments can be so easily misunderstood and I apologize to those that have demonstrated their passions and their frustrations and their fears. Stay safe…..

Province reports 260 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday - March 31 10:59 a.m.

On Tuesday, the province confirmed 260 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total in the province to 1,966. The numbers also showed 10 new deaths in Ontario bringing the total to 33. Those deaths were announced Monday by the Ontario Medical Officer of Health and the Associate Medical Officer of Health. The number of resolved cases also increased by 103 on Tuesday to 534.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 1,966 N/A
Change from previous report 260 15.2% increase
Resolved2 534 27.2
Deceased3 33 1.7
Demographics
Male 980 49.8
Female 974 49.5
19 and under 46 2.3
20-64 1,496 76.1
65 and over 421 21.4
Testing
Total Tested4 51,629 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 4,280 N/A

Haldimand County records first COVID-19 death - March 30 3:31 p.m.

On Monday, the province's Associate Minister of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe confirmed that someone in Haldimand County has died of COVID-19. Yaffe didn't provide details about the person such as age or gender. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has confirmed a total of 23 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. There were seven positive tests at Anson Place, which is a retirement home and long-term care facility in Hagersville. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has worked with Anson Place staff and leadership to initiate a public health management plan. The plan has been developed to reduce the risk of transmission among residents and staff.

Province confirms 351 new COVID-19 cases on Monday - March 30 10:58 a.m.

The province confirmed another 351 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. The website that updates the provincial numbers everyday also underwent a change. Previously, the site would provide details for each individual case. Now the province is posting a summary of all the cases in Ontario. There are 1,705 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those cases, 23 people have died and 431 people have recovered which was a big jump from Sunday's number of eight. The province is also showing a breakdown of the age and genders of the cases.
Demographics # %
Male 857 50.2
Female 837 49.1
19 and under 42 2.5
20-64 1,319 77.3
65 and over 343 20.1

Six Nations building barricades to protect community from COVID-19 - March 27 6:48 p.m.

Six Nations Elected Council is taking a drastic step to protect the community. The plan, called "Project Protect Our Elders," will restrict outside visitors from visiting the territory. They will begin building barricades on Monday and on Tuesday they will be in full implementation. Below is a link to the video of Chief Mark Hill's address on Friday.
https://www.facebook.com/Six.Nations.Grand.River/videos/264431961224557/

Statement from Haldimand Mayor and Council - March 27 4:31 p.m.

As you probably already have heard our H-N health unit has had its first reported case in Norfolk yesterday. While we are not surprised, it does bring the reality and the seriousness of the situation closer to home. People have asked me where?, we need to know so we can change our behaviours. My comment back to them is that we should be behaving like it already is next door with your neighbour. It should not matter what town is hit first, we should all be following the very strict rules that are set out for us and as mentioned so many times, do it for your friends and family, don’t be selfish. On that note, I am still getting reports of kids on the park playgrounds, or the local skate parks. Those are not tourists, they are your kids who live here and I do not blame them as much as I blame the parents who are shirking their duties and risking the rest of us who are following the rules. My advice to you is to take some responsibility of your family and be a parent. It truly angers me when I see that there are people out there that think it is our duty to police bad or stupid behaviour, it is your duty to be a parent, and never more than now. I recognize it is not easy, we are all living it and no one can say someone else has it easier. We are all in this together, and we all have our own individual issues to manage. I cannot stress the importance to stay away from those parks. I have been told of stores who are not following the appropriate procedures in terms of social distancing and not managing the flow of customers. While we can only report them to the health department, the onus and responsibility rests with the store owner or manager and they are risking their staff and the public, if you see such behaviour, demand more from them, it is their role to all of us and once again should not require our police or health dept to babysit. If you are hiring migrant workers for your farm, we have put in place a processes for bringing them in and isolating them. Please follow below. As of March 24th (Effective Immediately), A section of the Health Protection and Promotion Act has been issued by the Medical Officer of Health of the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit to all employers of seasonal (migrant farm workers) in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. This order has been issued as there is a potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus. PLEASE READ the attached press release carefully, as it details specific actions that must be taken. ALL Employers of Seasonal Workers (Migrant Farm Workers ) in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are hereby ordered to follow these rules. FAILURE to comply with this Order is an offence for which you may be liable, conviction, to a fine of not more than $5,000 for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues. PLEASE SHARE with your networks, memberships or anyone you know who may be affected by this order. It is critical we get this message circulated to ensure the safety and well- being of all involved, and to ensure we are following the Medical Officer of Health’s direction. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have included the contact information for the Health Unit below, if you have any questions or concerns about the order, please contact them directly. Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit Phone: 519-426-6128 Website: https://hnhu.org/ https://hnhu.org/…/covid-19-resources-for-farmers-and-farm…/ We are looking for anyone who is a RPN or RN (even if they just finished school) – please contact either by email or by phone at 905-318-5932 Ext 6116. If you would like to volunteer, please follow the link below Thanks, https://hnhu.org/covidvolunteers/ As we approach the weekend, I suspect that we will not be any different with respect to the increasing numbers across the country, what you are doing today and this past couple of weeks will become evident in the next 2 weeks and our diligence will be our reward. Stay safe, Ken

Haldimand offering resources and support to local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic - March 27 4:04 p.m.

Haldimand County’s Economic Development and Tourism Division is supporting local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 situation. They’ve launched a new website
https://www.haldimandcounty.ca/business/covid-19-business-information-and-resources/?aiEnableCheckShortcode=true

for business owners who have questions about government services and supports. The information is updated daily and is aimed at highlighting resources that could apply to businesses and key sectors in the county. They also want to hear from local business owners about how the situation has impacted your operations. You can have your say by filling out an online survey. The survey will be recirculated every few weeks so the county can get a better understanding of the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the business community. “Business owners are having to navigate a very uncertain future right now and it’s not a one size fits all impact on local business,” said Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt. “As efforts ramp up to keep COVID-19 from spreading, industry works to achieve business continuity while focusing on the health and safety of their employees. It's no simple task. As we collectively work through this challenging period together, we would like to emphasize that the Economic Development and Tourism Division in Haldimand County continue to be available via phone and email to discuss how ongoing Provincial and Federal announcements may apply to your individual business situation.” On the other side of things, if your business is one of those companies that has been able to introduce modifications to your operations that keep you safely open, launched a new product or service to continue operating your business, or your operation is helping support the needs of the medical community, the county wants to hear from you. Send your good news to opportunity@haldimandcounty.on.ca. If you’re not a business owner, the county is encouraging you to consider ways to support local businesses, like buying products online, sharing their special offers and boosting their online reach.​

Employee at Hamitlon McDonald's charged after faking COVID-19, forcing restaurant to close - March 27 9:45 a.m.

Hamilton police say a McDonald’s worker faked having COVID-19 to get out of work. She gave her supervisor a fake note on March 19. The store on Rymal Road was immediately shut down and all employees were told to go home and self-isolate. The restaurant was closed for several days so professional cleaners could sanitize it. Police say there has been a significant impact on the restaurant, local customers and employees, which instigated the need for police involvement. On March 26, an 18-year-old Hamilton woman was arrested and charged. She’s facing the following charges: Mischief over $5,000, Fraud under $5,000, Use a forged document and Make a forged document.

Thursday sees 170 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario - March 26 11:30 a.m.

The province confirmed 170 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday morning. This brings the total in the province to 858. One of the new cases is in Halton Region and another is in Hamilton. There are 10,965 cases under investigation in Ontario.

Haldimand County campgrounds to open early- March 26 10:07 a.m.

Normally area camp grounds can't open until April 15th, but Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt has issued a temporary order to accommodate snowbirds returning home, who need to self-isolate for 14 days. Seasonal trailer parks will be allowed to open early, provided they meet provincial rules and standards Meantime, travel trailers or mobile homes on residential properties can also be used for self- isolation.

Open-air burning may continue in Haldimand County - March 25 3:35 p.m.

Haldimand County Fire Department says open-air burning may continue while the COVID-19 situation unfolds, as long as a proper permit has been acquired and open-air fire burning by-laws are followed. However, no new burn permits will be issued until further notice due to the closure of the Haldimand County Administration Building. Staff are working to develop an online permit application and processing tool.

Haldimand emergency services worker tests positive for COVID-19 - March 25 2:50 p.m.

Haldimand County has confirmed that a local emergency services worker has tested positive for COVID-19. The county says the worker does not live in Haldimand and was tested outside of the Haldeman-Norfolk Health Unit’s district. They are at home in self-isolation and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is following up with anyone who may have been in contact with the worker. The county did not release the worker’s name, age, gender or what their position is. “This news may be unsettling, but it isn’t a shock,” said Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt. “Like so many other communities, we’ve been preparing for this scenario. The Health Unit has initiated its case management protocol and are in constant contact with our Emergency Operations team. We’re leveraging all possible resources to combat this virus and protect the health and safety of frontline workers, our staff and our community.”​

One of the Six Nation firefighters tests comes back negative for COVID-19 - March 25 11:56 a.m.

Test results are negative for one of two firefighters, who was tested for COVID-19. A dozen firefighters and six staffers from Fire Station Number One, are self isolating after one person reported possible exposure. They're still awaiting results from a second test. So far, there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 on six nations.

GRCA suspending maintenance on trails - March 25 11:54 a.m.

You may see more weeds and overgrown plant life on GRCA trails. With most staff at the GRCA working from home, they've decided to scale down operations for now. The flood forecasting and warning system however won't be affected, but all GRCA parks are off limits, due to people ignoring social distancing.

Another 100 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ontario on Wednesday​ - March 25 10:45 a.m.

The province confirmed 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Wednesday. That brings the total in the province to 688 including nine deaths. Four of the new cases are in Halton Region and another four are in Hamilton. There are 10,489 cases under investigation in Ontario.

Hamilton records first death linked to COVID-19​ - March 24 3:53 p.m.

Hamilton Public Health has confirmed the city’s first death linked to COVID-19 is an 80-year-old woman who had been in hospital since March 16. The agency says the woman, a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Tuesday morning. As of noon Tuesday, there are 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton. “I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the woman who passed away,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health for Hamilton. “Unfortunately, this tragic news highlights why we need to take this virus very seriously and continue to take collective actions to stay at home and stay safe.” The woman’s name was not released.

Haldimand and Norfolk mayors declare state of emergency over COVID-19 - March 24 2:32 p.m.

Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt and Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp have each declared emergencies in their communities as COVID-19 continues to spread. The decision means that the municipalities will be able to take quicker action on activities that are violating the orders of public health officials. It also allows the counties to tap into emergency funding and provincial resources that would not otherwise be available. Declaring an emergency “will allow both Haldimand and Norfolk counties to make quicker decisions, support our health team in a more expeditious manner and implement additional measures to protect the health & well-being of our communities,” explained Hewitt. “We’ll continue to do everything in our power to stop the spread of COVID-19, and I ask that residents do their part as well. Stay home, stay safe and look out for one another.” “Staff in both counties, as well as with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, are working around the clock to keep our communities safe and healthy during this pandemic,” added Chopp. “Mayor Hewitt and I are in constant communication with each other and our shared Medical Officer of Health to ensure decision-making is timely and serves the best interests of Haldimand and Norfolk. I will continue to act as board chair and both Mayor Hewitt and I will strive to ensure you are fully updated as well as all necessary steps are being taken to protect our respective communities."

Province to keep hydro rates at off-peak price for 45 days - March 24 2:31 p.m.

The province says it is putting an immediate halt on time-of-use electricity rates, holding hydro prices at the off-peak rate for the next 45 days. The reduced price is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all residential, small business and farm time-of-use customers. According to the province, this means customers will see rate reductions of 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates. This change will be applied automatically to all bills with no need to fill out an application. The Ontario Energy Board has also extended the winter ban on disconnections until July 31.

Province confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning - March 24 11:51 a.m.

Another 85 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ontario on Tuesday morning. Three of the new cases are in Hamilton and one is in Halton. There are now seven confirmed deaths in the province. There are 10,074 under investigation in Ontario.

Stay home: Haldimand County's Medical Officer of Heath - March 24 10:10 a.m.

Dr. Shankar Nesathurai echo's Justin Trudeau's recent message, especially for recent travellers. "Go home and stay there." The Haldimand Norfolk Medical Officer of Health says, anyone returning to Canada from abroad is ordered immediately self-isolate for 14 days. Don’t stop for groceries on the way home but he adds, if you need but can't afford food delivery, call the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit.

Ontario releases list of essential workplaces - March 23 9:59 pm

The province announced that all non-essential workplaces will close. The closures are in effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will last for at least 14 days. The province says essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, telecommunications and IT infrastructure service providers, and businesses that support power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water. Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines. Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. “While this was a difficult decision, we trust that Ontario’s business leaders will be able to promote safety while carrying out business and protecting jobs,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The grocery store clerks, transit and hydro workers and truckers are out there on the front lines making sure the people of Ontario continue to have access to the products and services they need. It is essential that their workplaces be kept as safe as possible so these local heroes can return home to their families worry free.” Below are a list of businesses the province will allow to stay open. Supply chains 1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate; Retail and Wholesaling 2. Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers; 3. Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding; 4. Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers; 5. Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels; 6. Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities; 7. Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses; 8. Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries; 9. Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses; 10. Safety supply stores (for e.g. work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment); Food Services and Accommodations 11. Restaurants and other food facilitiesthat prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services; 12. Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences; Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial Maintenance 13. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure/Service Providers 14. Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery; 15. Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery; Transportation 16. Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living; 17. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators; 18. Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems. Manufacturing and Production 19. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer); 20. Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two- way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains. Agriculture and food production 21. Businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing; 22. Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators; 23. Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare; 24. Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits; 25. Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling; Construction 26. 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; 27. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance; 28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors; 29. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects Financial activities 30. Capital markets (e.g., the TSX); 31. Banking & Activities related to Credit Intermediation; credit unions; 32. Insurance; 33. Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services; 34. Businesses that provide financial services including payment processing, the payroll division of any employer (as defined by the Employment Standards Act/Occupational Health and Safety Act), any entity whose operation is the administration of payroll, banks and credit unions; Resources 35. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including; a. Mining operations, production and processing; b. Mineral exploration and development; c. Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety. 36. Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses; 37. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.); 38. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.); 39. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products; Environmental Services 40. Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (eg for mining operations), and environmental laboratories; Utilities and Community Services 41. Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services: a. Waste Collection, Waste/ Sewage Treatment and Disposal, operation of landfills, and Hazardous Waste Disposal; b. Potable drinking water; c. Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage; d. Natural Gas distribution, transmission and storage, e. Road construction and maintenance; f. police, fire, emergency services including coroner services and pathology services ; g. corrections and courts services; h. other government services including licenses and permits; 42. Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.); Communications Industries 43. Newspaper publishers; 44. Radio & Television Broadcasting; 45. Telecommunications providers; Research 46. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities; 47. Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities; Health Care and Seniors Care and Social Services 48. Organizations and providers that deliver home care services; 49. Retirement homes; 50. Long-term Care Facilities; 51. Independent health facilities; 52. Laboratories and specimen collection centres; 53. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies 54. Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services); 55. Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports. 56. Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies. 57. Businesses that provide personal support services (many seniors and persons with disabilities, who can afford to, hire individuals to assist with the activities of daily living). 58. Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists optometrists and physio-therapists; 59. Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home and also provide residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (such as the Centre for Independent Living and March of Dimes); 60. Businesses and all other organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to food banks, violence against women emergency shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, children’s aid societies, residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and for children, and custody and detention programs for young persons in conflict with the law; Justice Sector 61. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system; Other Businesses 62. Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental; 63. Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes; 64. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers; 65. Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators; 66. Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid); 67. Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services; 68. Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services; 69. Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help; 70. Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses; 71. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers; 72. Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children; 73. Businesses providing cheque cashing services; Business Regulators and Inspectors 74. Organizations, including Administrative Authorities, that regulate and inspect businesses.

Ontario government orders all non-essential businesses to close

Premier Doug Ford is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses in the province to help deal with the spread of COVID-19. He says the order will be effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place for at least 14 days. The province will release the list of businesses that will be allowed to stay open on Tuesday, but promised grocery stores, pharmacies, manufactures and restaurants offering takeout and delivery only will be on that list. He also said publicly funded schools will not re-open April 6th.

GRCA parks close amid COVID-19 concerns - March 23 11:15 a.m.

Don't bother visiting any of the GRCA's parks. They're closed until at least April 6th. That's after an increase in visitors, some in large groups ignoring social distancing. The GRCA's Lisa Stocco says staff is limited and the gates are closed, making it difficult for emergency workers to assist people in the parks. Anyone who parks nearby a GRCA park on a municipal road, could be fined.

Province announces 78 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning - March 23 11:15 a.m.

The province confirmed 78 news cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 503. Three of the new cases are in Hamilton. Two of the new cases are in Halton. There are 8,417 currently under investigation in the province.

Six Nations firefighters self-isolating after possible COVID-19 exposure - March 23 10:42 a.m.

A dozen firefighters on Six Nations are self-isolating. That's after a member of the fire platoon notified the fire service concerned about potential exposure to Coronavirus. "That's what we ask all of our members to do if they believe they could have been exposed to COVID- 19 and we will lead by example," said fire Chief Mathew Miller. There are no confirmed cases on Six Nations so far.

HSR now running on new schedule - March 23 10:40 a.m.

As of Monday, the HSR will now run on a Saturday schedule for most routes in the city. Passengers are asked to board from the rear doors only, to keep a fair distance from the driver and other passengers. Transit fares will be not collected.

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Ontario

Health officials in Toronto and York Region have confirmed Ontario’s fourth and fifth deaths related to COVID-19. The patient in Toronto was a man in his 70s, who fell ill after travelling to the United Kingdom. Officials say he tested positive for the virus at a hospital in Toronto, and then began self-isolating at-home. On March 14, he arrived at Mississauga Hospital. He died on Saturday. The other patient was a 72-year-old woman from Markham. Officials say she collapsed at her son’s home in Toronto on Saturday – hours after she returned from Los Angeles, via France and Tahiti. Further tests confirmed that she had COVID-19. The woman is posthumously considered Ontario’s 425th case of the virus. There have now been five deaths in Ontario.

Another 47 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario on Sunday morning

The new cases bring the total in Ontario to 424. There are 8,361 cases in the province under investigation. One of the cases confirmed on Sunday is a Hamilton man in his 50s. He recently went on a Caribbean cruise and is self-isolating.

Haldimand County is seeking volunteers and supplies

Haldimand County is looking for volunteers and supplies such as N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitzer to support the local response to COVID-19. Volunteers are need for a variety of tasks to address community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic including delivering food, medications and other supplies to seniors in self-isolation. Those with relevant skills and experience – for example nursing staff (registered or not), dieticians, personal support workers, food handlers, chefs, respiratory therapists, health care aides and others – are encouraged to securely register at https://hnhu.org/covidvolunteers/. Potential volunteers can also leave a voicemail at 519-426-1947 or 905-774-1530.

You can also donate supplies

The county is seeking donations of supplies to keep front-line healthcare workers safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Necessary supplies include: N95 and surgical masks Non-latex medical examination gloves/Nitrile gloves Safety goggles/glasses Face shields Hand sanitizer Travel-sized soap/shampoo. If you have any of these items and want to donate them, please drop them off at Haldimand County’s EMS Headquarters at 11 Thorburn St. (Cayuga), between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Province confirms 59 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning

The total number of cases in the province is now 377. There are 7,239 cases under investigation in the province.

OPP will fine people that gather in groups of 50 or more

This week Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario. With that declaration comes new measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. One of those measures prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people to encourage social distancing. OPP say people caught violating the new orders will face fines up to $1,000. Meanwhile, corporations could be fined $500,000.

Medical Officer of Health orders all personal services settings closed

March 21, 2020, Simcoe, ON - The Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health has ordered all personal services settings and esthetic services to close, effective immediately, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order applies to all tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair and nail salons, spas, and tanning beds in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. It also applies to all banquet halls found in both counties. The decision is part of the Health Unit’s COVID-19 containment strategy, which also includes the limiting of public gatherings and strict social distancing protocols. The order is effective until rescinded by the Medical Officer of Health.

Hamilton Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facility

Hamilton Public Health Services is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek after a second case was confirmed at the facility. A 55-year-old female resident became symptomatic on the evening of March 19, was subsequently tested, and the test results confirmed this morning that she was positive. She was not hospitalized and remains in isolation at Heritage Green. The first case at this facility was reported on Wednesday, March 18 and involved an 80-year-old female resident who lives on the same floor of the nursing home. An outbreak is declared by Public Health when there are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents or staff of a long-term-care facility. Heritage Green is continuing to isolate the entire floor of the nursing home, cohort staff (dedicated staff to dedicated areas), isolate residents and provide in-room meals. The facility remains closed to visitors. Hamilton currently has a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday.

Statement from Mayor Ken Hewitt, March 19

In these unprecedented times people come together, governments come together, countries come together. The efforts that have been seen from leaders, from the business community, to the countless donations and help from the very many unselfish people around us is a true testament that when pushed, we roll up our sleeves and find ways to help each other back to the lives we all deserve to enjoy. COVID-19 is having a real impact on the lives of Canadians beyond health related matters. It is affecting incomes, employment and quality of life. In response we are seeing higher level governments putting together substantial monetary packages to help lessen the burden on citizens and businesses that are following the advice of health officials. We eagerly await announcements on how that money will reach those in need. The long-term economic and social impacts that COVID-19 will have on our daily lives is still difficult to determine, however, all financial supports announced to date have been to only address the immediate massive hole in our local economies. I have never seen governments move as fast as they have in the past two weeks and in such a non-partisan fashion to ensure necessary supports will be provided. In an effort to play an active role in helping our County citizens and business that are facing economic challenges given these unprecedented circumstances, Council and I have directed staff to waive the interest costs and any fees attached to the next two property tax instalments, March 31 and May 29. Haldimand County property owners can pay their taxes at their own discretion up until August 1st without penalty. We hope that this will provide you with the flexibility to manage your day to day to finances and afford you the time you may require. In Haldimand, we will soon be finalizing our tax-supported operating budget. Council has directed staff to carefully review the 2020 budget so that is sensitive and responsive to these strange times we are living in. Over the past several years, staff have worked diligently to ensure our financial position is strong and ready for unforeseen challenges. For this reason, we are ready to respond. I want to assure you that both staff and Council have been working to protect your interests, to ensure that the quality services you are accustomed to continue, and that our frontline EMS staff are fully equipped with all the resources needed to meet your needs. I would like to take this time to acknowledge those within the Haldimand-Norfolk Health & Social Services, the H-N Health Unit and our first responders for their leadership in helping Council manage our response to the COVID-19 virus. On behalf of the County and Council, we sincerely thank you for being there in times of need, never more so demonstrated than today. Mayor Ken Hewitt Haldimand County Council Stewart Patterson John Metcalfe Dan Lawrence Tony Dalimonte Rob Shirton Bernie Corbett

Hamilton launches economic recovery working group and website
https://www.hamilton.ca/government-information/news-centre/news-releases/hamilton-launches-economic-recovery-working-group

City of Hamilton operational updates
https://www.hamilton.ca/government-information/news-centre/news-releases/covid-19-update-city-hamilton-operational-updates

Province passes emergency legislation aimed at protecting jobs, but not wages
https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/125210

Doug Ford to returning travellers: Self-isolate the moment you leave the airport, don’t stop for groceries on way home
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Ontario records second death linked to COVID-19
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Statement from Haldimand County's Medical Officer of Health Shanker Nesathurai

1. I urge community members to place the risks associated with COVID-19 in perspective. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID 19, will have a mild to moderate respiratory illness, and will be able to recover at home. The symptoms will be similar to the flu. A small proportion will require treatment in the hospital. A few individuals will succumb to the illness—these are typically older patients with many concurrent medical problems. Based on what we know today, the risk to residents of Norfolk and Haldimand County is low. From my perspective, we should be concerned, but our responses should be measured.

2. The Public Health Unit is working closely with hospital and community partners, government agencies and community physicians to formulate an effective response. This response includes a call center that has responded to hundreds of calls. As a precautionary approach, some people have been asked to remain at home in self isolation for 14 days. However, at the current time, there is not a single confirmed case of COVID 19 in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

3. The key public health strategy is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from person to person. This is sometimes called “social distancing”. This is the reason for extending March break for students, and concurrently suspending the operations of daycare centers. The goal was to reduce the spread from children to parents, and then to older family members and the broader community. As part of this strategy, the health unit has also advocated for limiting the public gatherings to less than 50 people. You will notice that restaurants and bars have limited the number of patrons to less than 50. This is the result of a public health order. As well, consistent with good public health practice, many professional offices and business have temporarily suspended or curtailed operations. This includes dentist offices, that have closed for non-emergent treatment.

4. Most importantly, in order to fully advance social distancing, I ask each of you to stay at home, unless there is a compelling reason to leave the house. I would encourage each of you to speak to your employer and discuss the option of working at home. When traveling out of house for essential activities, try to stay 6 feet away from the next person. These added measures, including regular hand washing and respiratory etiquette can make the difference. In closing, it is important to keep COVID-19 in perspective. At the current time, the risk to residents of our two counties remains low.


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