October 8th Weekly Update

Published on October 08, 2020


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3 million Canadians have downloaded the COVID Alert app. Have you?
Dear Neighbour, 

Ontario achieved a major milestone this week as our health care system recorded over four million completed COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic. Yesterday, our laboratory network processed a record 48,488 tests, and we will continue our work to expand this capacity further. 

The Government is targeting a capacity of 68,000 daily tests by mid-November to ensure readiness to effectively respond to any surges in cases or outbreaks. We will continue to add more testing locations to improve access and reduce wait times, as well as increase processing capacity within the provincial laboratory network.

This Thanksgiving weekend, we must continue our work together to control the spread of COVID-19. Keep gatherings to your own household; practice physical distancing with those outside your household; wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; follow gathering limits and rules; and download the COVID Alert app to be notified if you may have been exposed to the virus. 
Last Friday, the Ontario Government introduced additional public health measures as of a result of the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the province. Included in the new released measures were: 

- Commencement of appointment based COVID-19 testing at all 153 Assessment Centres in the province. 
- Expanding the number of pharmacies where people with no symptoms within provincial testing guidance can get tested
- Setting an indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to the number of patrons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other patron, to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table. 
- Setting a limit on the number of people allowed at meeting and event facilities, including banquet halls, to six people per table and 50 people per facility.
- Extending the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities, and organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open under O. Reg 364/20;
- Pausing social circles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation across the province to advise if and when public health measures or restrictions should be adjusted or tightened.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in Ontario. Mental Health is Health, and affects every individual one way or another. It's important to self-reflect and take the time to take care of yourself in order to enhance and maintain a healthy mental health.

The Ontario Government is providing an additional $176 million this year to help expand access for critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19. This funding is part of the province's investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years and enables Ontario's comprehensive plan, A Roadmap to Wellness, to deliver high-quality care and build a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system.

Additionally, the Ontario Government is investing $19.25 million into mental health supports for postsecondary students in 2020-21, an increase of $3.25 million over last year.
My second children's drawing contest continues! All drawings will be displayed once again in my constituency office, with some displayed in my 2021 Calendar!

You can submit original drawings by mail at 2882 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 3S6. Please ensure that the contact information including the address and the artist's first name is sent in the mail. The deadline to submit drawings is November 15th, 2020. 
My constituency office continues to be open by appointment only. If you are in need of any assistance, you can make an appointment by calling my constituency office at (416) 781-2395 or email me at [email protected].
Stay safe, stay healthy, 
Robin Martin, MPP

(416) 781-2395 - [email protected]
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COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Ontario
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus