MPP Mitzie Hunter May 29 5:00 PM COVID-19 Update

  • Community Update

Friends,

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. 

Please find a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates below.

City of Toronto makes COVID-19 Data Available 

Toronto Public Health has made data about COVID-19 cases available online. The data includes demographic data of cases in Toronto, and a map of Toronto reflecting cumulative cases by neighbourhood. Of note is that Scarborough-Guildwood riding has some of the city’s highest per ca pita occurrence of COVID-19 positive cases.

You can view the data online here.

Pop-Up Testing Centres in Scarborough

In partnership with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health, Scarborough Health Network is opening Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough locations to increase access to COVID-19 testing for our community.

A pop-up testing centre will be available on Tuesday, June 2 from 9am – 5pm at Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Rd.

For more information on pop-up clinics, click here.

Guildwood Cares Car Parade

Members of the community have planned a “convoy” of vehicles to ride throughout the neighbourhood to pay tribute to front line workers, including healthcare, fire, police, and grocery workers.

If you would like to join, please meet at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, 145 Guildwood Pkwy, tomorrow May 30th at 9:30 am. Maps of the route will be distributed and the convoy will leave at 10:00 am. 

Province Releases Updated Testing Strategy

Today the province announced the next phase of their COVID-19 testing strategy which includes three branches of testing:

  1. Assessment Centre Testing: expanding who gets tested to now include asymptomatic individuals concerned about exposure and continued routine symptomatic testing at assessment centres.
  2. Targeted Campaigns: detecting and containing cases by expanding asymptomatic surveillance for vulnerable populations, including in long-term care homes and other shared living spaces like shelters and group homes, as well as targeted testing of workplaces in priority sectors which work with priority populations and where it may be difficult to physically distance.
  3. Outbreak Management: testing to ensure rapid and agile response capacity for outbreak management, including in specific neighbourhoods and regions or at hospitals, institutions and workplaces.

You can find more information here.

Correction: Regulated Health Professions Permitted to Re-Open if Approved by Governing Bodies

The province has announced that Ontario’s regulated health professions can re-open if approval and guidance is given by the regulating bodies. These professions include dentists, massage therapists, and chiropractors. 

You can view the list of regulated health professions in Ontario here.

Canada Emergency Student Response Webinar

West Scarborough Community Legal Services is inviting interested students and community members to a webinar on the topic, “Canada Student Emergency Benefits and Pandemic Pay”. This webinar will be held next Monday onJune 1st, 2020 from 2:00PM-3:00PM. This public legal education webinar is open for anyone to join. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsceqtrD4jG9OQk3dDVlsP67ZAcs5GZA2v

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please share this with any students and community members who may be interested in participating. 

Public Health Information

You can find the latest public health information online at the following sources:

As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide up to date information when we receive it. 

My constituency office remains closed to walk-in visitors for the time being, but we are accessible by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance.

Be safe,

Mitzie

For previous updates, click here.